Monday, 27 October 2014

'Autonomy and the End of Life' one-day conference

"A one-day conference exploring the philosophical and ethical implications of end of life decisions.
Thursday 23rd April 2015
Venue: University of Essex, Southend Campus

The conference is free to attend, but seating is limited, so advance registration is required. To register please go to:

Developing as a Compassionate Practitioner
This new CPD course has been developed by colleagues in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Following the publication of the Francis Report (Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust 2010) concern about the quality of care in the NHS has become the subject of significant media and professional attention. However the reality of health and social care practice for practitioners is often determined by the need to produce specific outcomes and demonstrate recovery rates. This can lead to the depersonalisation of clients as staff endeavour to complete tasks and paper work, losing sight of the person they are working with. Finding ways to develop the ability of health care professionals to deliver compassionate care despite the challenges of their working environment is therefore essential.

By combining an introduction to mindfulness and self-compassion with direct application to health and social care practice the course aims to develop your capacity as a professional to deliver compassionate care. By making you more aware of the present moment experience and improving your ability to identify and deal more compassionately with your own emotional needs you will become more confident in practice and more emotionally resilient to the challenges of your work. Becoming more mindful and compassionate towards yourself will mean you can form better professional relationships and be able to incorporate the needs of your patients in their care giving much more effectively.  

The course will take place over three Saturdays in the Spring term. It is part of the HHS CPD programme, so is an assessed module. However, if you can take part in the course as a non-assessed participant if you are interested in the topic, but don’t require the examination result.

Details of the programme, fees and how to apply are on the HHS website:

Best wishes,

Becky Parsons
Project Officer

The Essex Autonomy Project"