Compassion in Practice - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Department of Health

About the Compassion in Practice programme

This e-learning resource about caring and compassion is designed to support the work of all nurses, midwives and care staff in the NHS and social care. Compassion in Practice will consider the theory of compassion and apply compassionate care through a new model of the compassionate mind.

Care and compassion sounds as if it should be an innate ability, however, the theory and practice underpinning these values is often multi-faceted and can be difficult to understand. These e-learning sessions will help you to re-evaluate your practice and to challenge your fundamental beliefs and value systems. They will offer insights and suggestions to support you in improving care and compassion in your practice.

Introduction to Compassion in Practice

This short film introduces Compassion in Practice, the new vision for nurses, midwives and care staff and provides an overview of the 6 Cs. It was first shown during the Chief Nursing Officer for England’s Conference on 4 December 2012.

More information

The first session considers the benefits of delivering compassionate care and identifies the core attributes and skills needed to deliver this.

The second session examines the barriers to compassionate care, the importance of a compassion focused organisation and considers strategies for identifying and minimising these barriers.

By the end of this e-learning programme, healthcare professionals and carers will know the significance and value of the 6Cs, be able to define compassion and identify what patients and carers want to see exhibited as compassionate care.

Open access sessions

Please note that if you access the content below, your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

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

    This session will consider the theory of compassion and apply it to compassionate care through a model of the compassionate mind. It will consider the benefits of delivering compassionate care and will identify the core attributes and skills needed to deliver this.

  • An Introduction to Compassion – Part II: The Barriers to Compassionate Care

    This session will examine barriers to compassionate care and the importance of an organisation being compassion-focused. It will consider strategies for identifying and minimising these barriers.

Project Team

  • Pauline Watts

    Pauline Watts

    Nursing Professional Officer/Clinical Advisor Nursing, National Health Visitor Programme and Dementia, Public Health Directorate,  Department of Health
  • Sue Hatton

    Sue Hatton

    Workforce Division, External Relations Directorate, Department of Health
  • Janina Sweetenham

    Janina Sweetenham

    Consultant, Coach and Lecturer in Leadership and Empowerment
  • Dr Sue Smith

    Dr Sue Smith

    Director, Choice Dynamic International
  • Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Senior Project Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare 

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Compassion in Practice programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Compassion in Practice programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Available to all

The Compassion in Practice e-learning project is available to access using the Open access sessions above. If you access the content using this link, you will not have to log in but your activity will not be tracked and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies