Educating Compassion in Healthcare: Is It Possible and What Would It Mean?

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What is this conference about?
We will explore what education has to do with the practice of compassion in healthcare. During the day, we will consider what might be meant by 'compassion'. There will be opportunity to consider: how compassion is formed by narrative through humanities subjects such as philosophy, literature and theology;  the significance of role modelling, leadership and educational relationships; the influence of law and politics on the ethos of healthcare; and the latest and best in educational practice.

Who is it for?

All are welcome but especially doctors, nurses, healthcare educators, nursing/medical students and researchers in humanities, law and politics who are interested in healthcare.

Confirmed speakers/presenters
Dr Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Oxford
Dr Andrew Papanikitas, GP & NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Oxford
Dr Paquita de Zulueta, GP & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London
Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England

Prof John Wyatt, Emeritus Professor of Perinatology and Ethics, UCL
Prof Jonathan Herring, Tutor and Fellow in Law, Exeter College, Oxford
Dr Helen Salisbury, GP & Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Communication Skills, Oxford

In association with the Human Values in Healthcare Forum

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Medical Humanities
Compassion in Healthcare

Contact name: Joshua Hordern
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Audience: Open to all