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Is Compassion at the Heart of the Current NHS Reforms?

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The Head of the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester, which delivers UK’s top rated nursing degree programme, will take part in a public debate on whether the primacy of compassion will be supported by current NHS reforms.

‘Is Compassion at the Heart of the Current NHS Reforms?’ will take place at St John-in-Bedwardine Church, Worcester at 7.30pm on Friday 12th July and is free to attend.

Panellists will include Dr Jan Quallington, Head of the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester, Worcester MP Robin Walker and Worcestershire Royal Hospital Chaplain, Reverend Dr David Southall.

Dr Jan Quallington spoke out publicly after the launch of the Francis Report Inquiry into the scandals in care standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and welcomes an increased focus on compassion in the recruitment, training and education of nurses. She is also working in close liaison with local care providers and has constituted a Nursing Senate of nurse leaders to discuss how compassion can be better embedded within care provision in our region.

Dr Quallington, who has been a nurse for 30 years, said: “The Francis Report puts the patient back at the heart of care”.

“At the University of Worcester, we look for qualities such as kindness, common sense, emotional intelligence and compassion for others in our applicants. We assess their ability to communicate effectively and their values and behaviours when undertaking simulated nursing activities, such as feeding and washing patients, we also assess their sensitivity when discussing controversial issues with others.”

Worcester, which received a 100 per cent student satisfaction rating for its nursing degree and was ranked top in the UK in last year’s National Student Survey, has already embedded aptitude tests into its recruitment process.

For more information about the ‘Is Compassion at the Heart of the Current NHS Reforms?’ debate please contact Reverend Dr Fiona Haworth, University of Worcester Chaplain, 01905 542327 or email f.haworth@worc.ac.uk.