The Foundation’s activities are directed towards supporting compassion in healthcare, particularly through raising awareness of the need to support practitioner wellbeing. A team of volunteers, aided by scientific and medical advisors, run a range of events including seminars, lectures, workshops, trainings, conferences and retreats. These are primarily for healthcare professionals, care givers and patients but open to others who may be interested. All activities are funded through voluntary contributions from well-wishers and participants, and are offered without charge. The Foundation also works with NHS Trusts, hospices and other healthcare organisations to introduce ideas and understandings that help to sustain whole-person healthcare.
Values in Healthcare
The Foundation’s flagship project is Values in Healthcare: a spiritual approach (VIHASA), a modular personal and team development programme supporting practitioner wellbeing. First published in 2004, the programme has been translated into more than a dozen languages and is in use in more than 30 countries. The results have been universally positive, with caregivers reporting a renewed sense of purpose, reduced risk of exhaustion and burnout, and improved patient care. More details can be found on the Foundation’s website.
The full VIHASA pack can be downloaded from the website without a charge. The printed pack which comes in a binder can also be purchased online at a very reasonable price.
Seminars, Lectures, Workshops & Retreats
Themes of past events have included :