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DMU shows passion for compassion


Leading figures in healthcare will be attending an event at De Montfort University (DMU), designed to promote care and compassion in the profession.

Following the Francis report – the formal inquiry in to the failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, DMU launched its care and compassion initiative last year to highlight the importance of the issue. 

On Monday (13 May) the Compassionate Care: Giving Patients A Voice event will hear views on the issue and how these are addressed in university education.

DMU trains hundreds of students every year in healthcare professions – from nursing and midwifery to audiology and speech and language therapy, many of whom go on to work locally. 

Professor Juliet Beal, Director of Nursing for Quality Improvement and Care at NHS England, will give a talk on the “six cs” in healthcare - care, compassion, commitment, communication, courage and competence.

This will be followed by the launch of the emergency care plan scheme in Leicestershire by Dr Rishabh Prasad, a Leicester GP and clinical lead for end of life care for Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group. 

The new initiative is designed for patients who are deemed to be in the last 12 months of their life, providing them with an increased choice about their care and where they would prefer to live and die. 

Dr Prasad said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to present our emergency care plan scheme. The initiative will improve the experience for patients and relatives by planning ahead to reduce distressing hospital admissions and ensuring patients’ remaining months are lived according to their wishes.”

There will also be a debate with leading figures in healthcare including Professor Beal, Professor Maggie Boyd, Director of Nursing at NHS England for Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, Mr John Adler, Chief Executive University Hospitals of Leicester and Dr Christina Faull, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at LOROS. The session will be chaired by Professor Mandy Ashton, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at DMU. 

The event follows the Florence Nightingale commemoration service on 8 May in which 24 student nurses and midwives from DMU were chosen to escort the lamp – symbolic of Florence Nightingale - at Westminster Abbey. 

Liz Robson, principal lecturer in midwifery and lead of DMU’s care and compassion initiative, said: “Care and compassion are essential values for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professions. They are the very fabric that encompasses dedication to the patient that Florence Nightingale promoted over a century ago. 

“These issues have always been core elements of our nursing and midwifery programmes at DMU and following the outcomes of the Francis report we were compelled to help keep these issues at the forefront of people’s minds. 

“We would love for members of the public to attend the free event, join in the debate and express their views on the issue. The event will have an emphasis on giving patients a voice - public views and opinions are so important because these are the people that we serve.”

The event will take place in DMU’s Hugh Aston Building from 1:30-4:30pm. For more information visit or call 0116 257 7105. 

Posted on Friday 10th May 2013

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