Collaboration for Compassion in Healthcare Education (C4CHEd)
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Since the first conference of the same name in December 2020, interested and passionate individuals have set up the Collaboration for Compassion in Healthcare Education (C4CHEd). This has enabled a community of interested clinicians, academics, charities, artists and members of the public to meet and share information, initiatives, research and ideas. This has demonstrated the wealth and depth of interest and work relating to compassion in healthcare and especially in educating students in the importance and impact of compassion on patient care.

Compassion is discussed widely in literature and increasingly in policy and guidelines but the aim of C4CHEd is to do more than discuss – this conference is part of the ambition to promote, celebrate, study and disseminate the work of those who highlight compassion as integral, essential to effective and humane healthcare. Compassion is not optional, it underpins sustainable, cost effective and clinically relevant healthcare and has never been more necessary – for patient and healthcare staff alike.

Panel: Dr Sarah Tobin, Dr Pamela Rae, Valda Harding (from SNAM) and Student Nurse Francesca Knifton.


09:45 | Welcome and opening address (Dr Sarah Tobin, University of Plymouth)

10:00 | Compassionate transformations of health and care (Professor Michael West, Kings Fund and Lancaster University)

10:30 | Moving hearts and minds: compassion through creative enquiry (Dr Louise Younie, Clinical Reader in Medical Education, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL)

11:00 | Coffee break

11:15 | Compassionomics (Professor Steven Trzeciak, Cooper Medical School, Rowan University, New Jersey)

11:45 | Poster presentations #1 

  • Carmel Bond, Doctoral Researcher, University of London | The effects of compassion-based feedback on wellbeing ratings during a professional assessment healthcare task
  • Kathleen Rafferty, 5th Year Medical Student, University of Bristol | Cultivating compassion in medical education: Using creative enquiry to nurture compassion in third-year medical students
  • Dr Hannah Andrews, Assistant Professor in Nursing, Coventry University | Needing permission: The experience of self-care and self-compassion in nursing

12:15 | ‘S**t happens – making and living with mistakes (Mr David Alderson, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust)

12:45 | Lunch to include breakout options (13:00 start)

  • University of Plymouth Schwartz Centre Round - 'Celebrations'
  • Writing for wellbeing workshop with Dr Roshni Beeharry, Medical Educator and Writing for Wellbeing Facilitator | "What does Compassion mean to me?" (45 minutes' duration) (Hazel Cowls)
  • Storytelling workshop with Cathy Walsh Associate Director of Patient and Carer Experience Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Karen Taylor, Patient Public Engagement Programme Manager and Arts Lead Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust | The power of digital storytelling (45 minutes' duration) (Sara Hawkins)

14:00 | An Introduction to I-TEAM By Design™: The Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect, and Mindfulness (Dr Barret Michalec, Associate Professor, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University)

14:30 | Poster presentations #2

  • Ms Annie Mitchell, Clinical and Community Psychologist | Devon Playback Theatre, clinical psychology and beyond: let’s watch
  • Dr Laura Strumidlo, Associate Professor Nursing, Coventry University | Becoming resilient to maintain compassionate practice
  • Dr Tulika Jha, Consultant Psychiatrist on Sabbatical, Hertfordshire NHS Trust | Holding space in our hearts and minds: How the personal becomes political

15:15 | A curriculum for compassion (Dr Theresa Martin, University of Portsmouth)

15:45 | Mid-Staffs - family experience and the importance of compassion (Debra Hazeldine MBE)

16:15 | Conference closure (Dr Sarah Tobin)

This conference will appeal to anyone with an interest in healthcare education and provision, and will be delivered virtually via Zoom. Please register via the above link (registration closes on Wednesday 15 December at 09:00). 

For further information please contact Dr Sarah Tobin ( or Dr Pamela Rae ( or go to the C4CHEd website where you can also access the recording of last year’s conference.
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