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Hosted by the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, the two day conference is aimed at professionals, clinicians, leaders, managers, policy makers, educationalists, researchers and students from the healthcare profession across the globe. It takes place on June 4 and 5 at the University’s Riverside Campus.

The focus of the conference is to explore compassion and caring, which have long been the central tenets of healthcare, both internationally and nationally. Against a backdrop of unprecedented global reform and increasingly tough economic challenges, the healthcare workforce faces constant pressures continually to deliver an exceptional quality service and value for money.

Conference organiser and Programme Leader for Pre-registration Midwifery at the University, Kim Gibbon, said: “Compassion and caring in the clinical environment means that everyone should be treated with dignity and humanity. Funding constraints and political pressures can also affect the clinical environment. The themes of this conference have been designed to explore these complex issues further.”

Keynote speakers at the event include: Sallie Jeynes, Chief Executive designate of the End of Life Partnership, Cheshire Hospices Education; Victoria King, Chief Nursing Officer, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester; Professor Paul Kingston from the University’s Centre for Ageing Studies; Professor Michael Thomas, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University, and Professor Rob Thomson, Director for Public Health for Shropshire.

The conference will explore the themes of policy issues; clinical practice; human resources issues; patient perspective and user engagement; professional and educational issues in relation to compassionate care; professional development and statutory and legal issues in relation to community care.

 Workshops across the two-day conference will be facilitated by staff, students and external partners of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, alongside colleagues from Memorial Hermann Hospital and Houston Baptist University.

For more details and to book a place visit or contact Kim Gibbon on 01244 512265 or Michelle Rivett in the Faculty of Health and Social Care on 01244 511873.

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