Enhancing compassionate care: recommendations for practice
Evidence & Practice    

Enhancing compassionate care: recommendations for practice

Jonathan Williams Senior clinical psychologist, Denbighshire Complex Disabilities Team, Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales

Several public inquiries have identified systemic issues in some healthcare settings in the UK. Such findings indicate that it is necessary for multidisciplinary efforts to develop and maintain compassionate inpatient care. This reflective article summarises and explores themes from an event, titled Post Francis and Andrews: Psychological Approaches to Advancing Compassionate Healthcare Delivery in Wales, which took place in November 2014. The article outlines the relevant principles and psychological approaches to compassionate care discussed at the event. It provides nurses with a basis for considering these principles in their practice, encourages them to consider the ways collaboration between psychologists and nurses can be improved, and provides recommendations for developing compassionate care systems in Wales and the rest of the UK.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10181



Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 09 June 2015

Accepted: 15 December 2015

Published online: 07 March 2016