Westminster Centre for Resilience: the July Lectures - Resilience and compassion in the NHS

Dr Chris Irons NHS clinical psychologist and trustee of the Compassionate Mind Foundation

Professor Jill Maben Director of the National Nursing Research Unit

Chaired by Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Director of Governance at Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS England's new Chief Executive Simon Stevens said recently that too many patients were being robbed of 'dignity and compassion' because of a lack of local care. Should we infer that large organisatiions and industrialised healthcare inevitably dehumanising? Are we hard-wired to be compassionate only in small groups? Does empathy breakdown under stress? Can we create more human-scale teams and hospitals? Neuroscience, psychology, research and practice come together tonight to thrash out some crucial issues.

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