Politics, law, leadership and compassion in healthcare

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What is this workshop about?

This workshop will examine how policy decisions, law and leadership influence the understanding and practice of compassion in healthcare. The discussion will consider how accountability mechanisms and targets relate to the development of a humane and compassionate ethos in the NHS. Can ‘compassion’ be contracted and commissioned? Are recent reforms to healthcare accompanied by any particular threats to compassionate leadership and patient trust in healthcare institutions? A further key dimension of the discussion will concern how medical law influences the practice of compassion in British healthcare. How should professional regulations relate to medical law in such a way as to support the maintenance of cultures of compassion? What, if anything, should civil law require of healthcare practitioners as regards compassion?

Who is it for?

This is an invitation only event but if you would like to participate, please contact Joshua Hordern (email below). We are especially interested in partnership with doctors, nurses, healthcare educators, patient representatives, nursing/medical students and researchers in humanities, law and politics who are interested in healthcare.

Confirmed speakers/presenters (including)

Prof Jonathan Herring, Tutor and Fellow in Law, Exeter College, Oxford

Dr Stephen Richards, Regional GP Advisor for London, Care Quality Commission

Dr Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Oxford

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, GP & NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, Oxford


Medical Humanities
Compassion in Healthcare

Contact name: Dr Joshua Hordern
Contact email: joshua.hordern@hmc.ox.ac.uk
Audience: Open to all