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An Introduction to Compassion – Part I: The Nature of Compassion

An Introduction to Compassion – Part I: The Nature of Compassion

An Introduction to Compassion – Part I: The Nature of Compassion

Janina M Sweetenham and Susan Smith
Janina M Sweetenham and Susan Smith
on behalf of Health Education England

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Launch date: 09 Aug 2018
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Last updated: 03 Sep 2018

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This session considers the theory of compassion and applies it to compassionate care through a model of the compassionate mind. It considers the benefits of delivering compassionate care and identifies the core attributes and skills needed to deliver this.


By the end of this session you will be able to:
• Describe compassion and the model of 'the compassionate mind'
• Discuss the theory versus reality of delivering compassionate care
• Describe the term 'suffering' and list the core attributes needed to engage with those who are 'suffering'
• Describe 'compassionate care' and identify the skills and attributes needed to develop it in practice
• List the benefits of compassion in clinical practice
Janina M Sweetenham and Susan Smith

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Janina M Sweetenham and Susan Smith
on behalf of Health Education England

Janina M Sweetenham -
Consultant, Coach & Lecturer in Leadership & Empowerment

Janina M Sweetenham, MA, Dip N(London), Dip Ed., Dip N Ed.

An ITU nurse by background, Janina has spent 40 years in practice, education, leadership and management in the NHS, universities and the charity sector. She has a master’s degree in the psychology of education and has helped a wide range of health professionals explore the use of self in engaging with others. The way in which individuals think and judge themselves directly affects the way in which they relate to others.

Whilst working for the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, Janina pioneered the introduction of the leadership and empowerment programme, now known as ’LEO’ and run throughout the country as one of the leadership development programmes of choice for the health service.

In the nineties, Janina designed and wrote the text for a series of e-learning modules on the Activities of Daily Living for a private company, and worked with their IT specialists finalising the materials for use in health and social care settings.

Janina has a keen interest in ensuring care is given with compassion and kindness, and, together with Sue Smith has created The Caring Behaviours Assurance System which is currently rolling out across a number of NHS organisations.

Susan Smith -
Director and owner of Choice Dynamic International

Dr Susan Smith – DBA, MBA, BScHons Nursing, RHV, RM , RN, FWT

Susan has over 40 years’ experience at the sharp end of operational and executive leadership positions in health and social care, community and mental health settings. Susan is a nurse, midwife and health visitor and in her role as Director of Nursing, she was involved in all issues relating to health promotion.

Sue has worked in the private sector for a company called VEGA which specialised in e-learning and space technology.

She led one of the largest leadership development programmes (90,000 participants) in Europe for the National Health Service Leadership Centre in her role as Director at the University of Leeds. Susan has provided personal development coaching to executive directors across the UK and Ireland and has a portfolio of 360 diagnostic tools to support her practice. These tools include Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA), Margerison McCann and the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF). Sue is a Neuro Linguistic practitioner and is an accomplished academic, and has completed her Doctorate in Business Administration.

Having a longstanding interest in compassionate care, Sue has worked with Janina to create ’The Caring Behaviours Assurance System’ which is currently rolling out across a number of NHS organisations.

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  • Health Education England
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    Exam Pass Rate: 60

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