Leading for compassion in the NHS


The Real Sessions returns on 10 November with another in our series of conversations with leaders. This time we’re looking at the NHS. Book now with Eventbrite.

The NHS is one of the UK’s most cherished institutions. Yet its ethos of care has been called into questions by catastrophic failures – the most renowned of which was the Stafford Hospital scandal. In 2013, the Francis Report on the scandal identified cultural failings as contributing to hundreds of deaths at the hospital caused by poor care. The affair led to a renewed emphasis on compassion in the NHS. Coaching has played a significant part in the strategy – which has aimed not just to provide compassionate care for patients but also a compassionate working environment for staff. The initiative has been conducted against a background of NHS reorganisation, economic austerity, industrial strife and now Brexit – all of which create systemic pressures which make the NHS one of the most challenging of places in which to work.

Three years on, what progress has been made and what are the lessons for leadership? What is the extent of coaching’s contribution to addressing a complex and intractable management and societal problem?

We’ll be joined by three practitioners from the front line:

  • Geraldine Cunningham is Associate Director of Culture Change at Barts NHS Trust in London. She is also a member of the London Leadership Academy which is a leadership development initiative for the NHS in the capital.
  • Glenn Turp is the Northern Regional Director of the Royal College of Nursing. He’s recently completed a secondment to Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust as Head of Nursing. He’s been a champion of coaching in both roles.
  • Nollaig Whyte had a distinguished career in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust in London. She now works as a coach, supervisor, trainer and facilitator in the Health Education England’s Coaching Service for Doctors and Dentists ,and for the London Leadership Academy.

We’ll kick off with a panel discussion. But, as ever, the main focus will be on the conversation among participants in the session. Don’t miss what promises to be a stimulating and important discussion.

Leading for compassion
10th November 2016, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Space in Marylebone, 10 Daventry Street, London NW1 5NX
Members £30; Non-members £35

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Image courtesy Wellcome Images.

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