Our members represent a diversity of medical, health and care professionals, researchers and academics from across the UK and beyond.
Our membership represents a diverse community champions for compassion in healthcare education
PhD Candidate (and person with Type 1 Diabetes) examining consumer perspectives of diabetes and pregnancy, Western Sydney University. Representation and advocacy for people with diabetes
Senior Lecturer in Speech & Language Therapy, Plymouth Marjon University. Interests include communication, compassionate professionalism, health humanities, Schwartz Rounds & using narratives in pre-reg education
Dr Hannah Andrews
Assistant Professor - Nursing. Coventry University. Self care. Self compassion. Wellbeing. Compassionate care giving.
Dr Annie Mitchell
Clinical Psychologist, Independent practice. Community psychology, humane inclusive values and social, political determinants of health and wellbeing. Climate psychology
Leadership Developer, Realise Development. Team, organisation, system and leadership development consultant. Research interest, ethics of care
Dr Jennifer Jones
Associate Professor Radiography, University of Plymouth. Compassion integrated with inter professional learning. Lived experience. How to show compassion to patients in the very short interactions that radiographers have with them
Dr Sarah Jackson
Consultant, The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Movement disorders, lewy body, dementia, Schwartz rounds.
Dr David Alderson
Consultant ENT surgeon, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. The power of the Arts to nurture compassion in Healthcare and Health Education
Practice Development Nurse, Nottingham University Hospitals. Learning from our mistakes with compassion. Clinical incidents Simulation. Human factors.
Dr Theresa Martin
Clinical Programme Developer, University of Portsmouth. Pastoral care, compassion, burnout - for medical students and junior doctors.
Dr Caroline Haw
University Teacher and Speech and language therapist, University of Sheffield. Accessible information for people with aphasia.Living with long term communication disability. Strong interest in compassionate leadership
Dr Megan Brown,
Third year PhD student Med Ed, Hull York Medical School. Empathy development in medical students and the concept of empathic dissonance. Moral identity development.
Dr Anna Biley
Writer Faculty Associate. Watson Caring Science Institute. Autoethnography, care, compassion, spirituality. 'Birds Hold our Secrets: A Caritas Story of Grief and Remembering' based on my doctoral research
Dr Jon Andrews
Assistant Professor – Mental Health Nursing, Coventry University. Self Compassion. Clinical Assessments. Mental Health.
Adult Nurse Lecturer, University of Plymouth. Compassion, kindness, student nurse and nursing associate resilience
Professional Development Nurse, Sussex Community Foundation Trust. Post grad Ed, compassionate leadership across healthcare. Impact of tech to learning. experience of international nurses in the NHS
Soon to be RMHN male recovery ward, Livewell Southwest. Male recovery. Eating disorders. Personality disorders. School education about mental health
CEO Organistaional Genetics, a specialist HR, consultancy and tech company. Interested in Compassionate Cultures
Dr Sofia Cuevas-Asturias
PICU grid trainee, Bristol Children's hospital. PICU identity. Wellbeing. Long term and complex care paediatric patients. Well And Resilient Doctors (WARD) southwest network
Registered Nurse. Compassion within care, particularly dementia care and how we support staff, relatives and the individuals themselves. Health inequalities, homeless community, impact of compassion
Student Nurse, University of Plymouth. Mature student, nearly qualified, going to work in the community
Senior Health Play Specialist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Children's experiences of hospital and healthcare issues, enabling them to make choices and express preferences relating to their health and care
Dr Daniel Zahra
Lecturer in Assessment Psychometrics, University of Plymouth. Medical and Dental Education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, assessment, statistics, interprofessional education
Dr Chris Irons
Director and Clinical Psychologist, Balanced Minds and BalO. All things compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy and Compassionate Mind Training. Attachment theory, shame, self-criticism and wellbeing
Dr Claire Donohoe
Consultant surgeon, Trinity St James Cancer Institute, Dublin. Interested in how to teach and assess the skill of compassion in medical education
Dr Sophie MacKenzie
Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy, City, University of London. Aphasia, Spirituality in Healthcare. PhD explored stories of spirituality of people with post-stroke aphasia
Dr Annalisa Manca
Medical Educationalist, GP Federation Support Unit, Belfast. Critical Pedagogy in Medical Education, understanding how the social, cultural, historical and political dynamics influence the practice of medicine and compassionate care
Paediatric nurse, Registered midwife, Credentialed diabetes educator. The Royal Melbourne Hospital , Australia. Peer support. Self-compassion in healthcare. Consumer engagement. Diabetes in paediatrics and pregnancy
Midwifery Lecturer, University of Plymouth. Inter-professional learning, communication and professional advocacy. Lead on Professional Advocacy module uses quality improvement & restorative clinical supervision to support the workforce
Maternity Clinical Educator, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Simulation training. Maternity training in general
Dr Layth Tameem
Anaesthesia registrar, UH Bristol. Director of Well And Resilient Doctors (WARD). Peer support, improving wellbeing, fostering NHS environments of compassionate, high-quality care.
Flora Smyth Zahra
Clinical Senior Lecturer Interdisciplinarity & Innovation Dental Education, King's College London. Professional Identity Formation. Arts & Humanities in Clinical Ed. Museum based Ed. Pedagogy of Care. Humanistic Clinical Ed
Dr Katie Davis
Mental health nursing lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University. Dementia, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Compassion for others
Paediatrician and colleague wellbeing lead, Somerset Foundation trust. Specialising in looking after children with neuro disability. Member of the Trust Wellbeing strategy group
Dr Poornima Pandey
Paediatric Consultant, Kettering General Hospital. Simulation, Patient safety, data, outcomes
Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Truro-Penwith College. Teaching compassion in nurse education students perceptions of compassion in practice
Lead for Nursing, Midwifery and AHP leadership development, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Storytelling for leadership, authenticity and compassion.
Dr Julia Stewart
Associate director of health and wellbeing, Plymouth Marjon University. Clinical education; developmental speech and language disorders.
Dr Graham Williamson
Associate professor adult nursing, University of Plymouth. Associate professor in adult nursing with over 25 years experience of nurse education and related research.
Medical consultant and lecturer in creative writing, also a published poet. Literature and creative writing in medical training, medical humanities, poetry.
Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham. Compassion, Higher Education, Nurse Education, Leadership Development, Discourse Studies.
Adult Student Nurse, Swansea University. Compassion, nursing and yogic philosophy. Compassion, leadership and future nurse development.
Senior Teaching Fellow, Aston University. A Queen's nurse with interests in education, dementia, capacity and best interests, prescribing and community nursing.
Associate Professor in Nursing/Associate Head of School and Apprenticeship Lead, University of Plymouth. Leadership roles in education and clinical practice in the UK and abroad. Interests in person centred compassionate care and self compassion.
Lecturer in Adult Nursing, University of Plymouth. Global health, healthcare for asylum seekers -post displacement
Lecturer in mental health, specialist community public/mental health nurse, University of Plymouth. Mental health, perinatal mental health, reflective practice, trauma informed approaches, object based learning with nursing.
Student Nurse Adult Health, Edinburgh Napier University. Yoga in health care and compassionate leadership.
Dr Debbie Ling
Lecturer, Senior Clinician Social Worker, Research Fellow, Monash University. Compassion, common humanity, in-group/out-group distinctions, prosocial behaviour, doctor burnout, health, mental health, healthcare worker training.
Trainee Nursing Associate, University Hospitals Plymouth. Compassion in every day interaction is a necessary component of communication. I am interested in civility and compassion in the workplace, and in the world.
Lecturer - Adult Nursing (Acute Care), University of Bradford. Compassion; Relational dimensions of pedagogy/andragogy/heutagogy; Autoethnographies.
2nd year Mental health nursing student. Veterans and PTSD, professional sports and mental health, animal therapy
Community Engagement Practitioner, Barnet Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust. Transcultural psychiatry, mental health, inequalities, ethnic minorities, compassionate and transcultural leadership. MSc student in mental health.
Director of Medical Studies, Warwick University Medical School. General Practitioner focussing on medical education. Role modelling and learning compassion. Collaboration with students and people with lived experience.
Andy Ward - GP, Director of Education and Training.
Empathy and compassion in medical education. Lead for the Compassionate Holistic Diagnostic Detective course, covering communication skills, examination skills, diagnostic reasoning, patient safety, diversity and patient-centred care.
Kathryn Bamforth - Clinical Research Team Leader, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.
PhD Exploring the Psychological Wellbeing of Healthcare Professionals. What does psychological wellbeing at work mean to healthcare professionals and for patients’ experiences of care?
Sarah Crofts - Student nurse, University of Plymouth
Worked in mental health, including forensic, and learning disability social care for 10 years. Interested in how compassionate care and trauma-informed support can improve outcomes, especially for women and girls.
Francesca Knifton - Student Nurse, University of Plymouth
Worked within the NHS for 11 years as a Maternity support Worker at King's College Hospital, and as a Health Care Assistant and Nursing Associate in community hospitals in South Devon, and am currently a third year student nurse.
Practice Education Facilitator, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Forty plus years experience as a District Nurse Team leader and educator facilitating and supporting specialist practitioners. I have an interest in and teach on leadership programs.
Clinical leadership fellow, Health Education and Improvement Wales. Compassion, unconscious bias, coaching, leadership.
Professor Chris Holland - Dean and Consultant in Intensive Care
Founding Dean of Kent and Medway Medical School. Career in medicine and medical education, working with national education bodies, the General Medical Council and Local Enterprise Partnerships. Interests in leadership and inter-professional education
Vanda Carter - Practice Education Facilitator for Research, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Over 32 years in the NHS mostly in Oncology research. A Nurse Researcher & Educator, enabling others, promoting research engagement. Interests in health care management & policy, safety, quality and innovation. Also a PhD student.
Alison Wells - Deputy Head of Nurse Education, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
A nurse educator for many years. Interested in how we promote compassion in the workplace. Recent work around Professional Nurse and Midwifery Advocates and how we implement the role into the organisation. Compassionate conversations. Compassion fatigue.
Lisa Lawton - Matron for Pre Registration Education, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
Nurse Educator collaborating with universities for over 20 years supporting student nurses, midwives, AHPs in clinical practice to develop into registered practitioners fit for practice. Interests also in incivility, transition skills and simulation.
Gavin Cullen - Nurse Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University
A mental health nurse for 30 years, including Child & Adolescent. Completing a PhD. Compassion-based interventions for: health and social care staff, higher education, psychological problems and mindfulness.
Vanessa Waller - Associate Professor, Anglia Ruskin University
Registered Nurse, 25+ years in healthcare education development. PhD on nurses applying self-compassion. Other interests: language of compassion, collaborative inter-professional development of tools to support compassion and self-compassion.
Lecturer & Speech & Language Therapist, University of Essex. Narrative approaches in health care and health care education, unheard voices. Life story and creative writing with marginalised groups to help them get their voices heard.
Timothy Murray - Lecturer in Adult Nursing, University of Plymouth
Experienced in Cardiac Intensive Care, Respiratory and Cardiology Nursing, Clinical Nursing Management. Also interested in civility in Healthcare, Safer Staffing Modelling, Person-centered care, Nurse-led clinical decision making.
Dr Philip Molyneux - Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Practice Coordinator, University of Hull
Experience in neuropsychology and physical health. Interests in understanding Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) with for e.g., maternal mental health, and in different settings, such as higher education.
Project Manager & Communications Specialist, CAIPER- Arizona State University. Inter-professional Teamness and Teamwork, IPE, Digital Audience Strategy, Medical Humanities.
Barret Michalec - Associate Professor & Director CAIPER, Arizona State University
Sociologist, research in socialization & professionalization processes & mechanisms nested within health professions education. Patient-centred, team-based healthcare delivery, empathy, humility, belongingness, and inter-professionalism
Ruth Serlin - Lecturer in Veterinary Professionalism, Royal Veterinary College
Qualified as a vet, worked in primary care charity practice for over 25yrs. Recently teaching vet students and professionals. Research into communication in veterinary practice.
Kizzy Machin - Student Nurse Apprentice, Plymouth University/Somerset Foundation Trust
Mental Health services for 17+ years. Passionate about leading from the front. Advocate compassionate leadership; having a workforce that feels valued and cared about is essential for the individual, the team and the people that we care for.
Debra Hazeldine - Patient safety campaigner
"Patient safety campaigner in 2006 after losing my Mum in tragic circumstances in MidStaffs. Many years campaigning for a Public Inquiry into MidStaffs, gave evidence in 2013. Awarded MBE in 2018 for services to patient safety in Staffordshire."
Senior Lecturer, Swansea University. Compassionate leadership and emotional intelligence
Dr Louise Younie - Clinical Reader in Medical Education, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL
Creative enquiry for practitioner development and human flourishing in healthcare professional education, humanising healthcare, self-care and compassion for others (patients, students, colleagues)
5th Year Medical Student, University of Bristol. Creative arts in Medical education, Creative enquiry, Arts based research, teaching compassion in medical education, sexual and reproductive health
Ellie Reynolds - Research Fellow, CAMERA, Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth
Nurse of 20+ years. Ph.D. medical anthropology from UCL. Worked as a Research Associate with Professor Jill Maben on the National Evaluation of Schwartz Rounds. Interests in workforce wellbeing, and medical education.
Dr Alison H. James
Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University. Adult Nursing. Researching leadership development in healthcare workforce & impact on delivery and quality of patient care. Narrative inquiry, and visual methodologies such as photographic elicitation.
Dr Elaine Beaumont - Psychotherapist, Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Director of Beaumont Psychotherapy.
Compassion Focused Therapy, Compassionate Mind Training, primary and secondary trauma, compassion in healthcare and education, the impact of compassion on wellbeing of the helping professions.
Community and district nurse. Registered Nurse working within the community. Passionate about compassion within healthcare, for safer team working and patient care.