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How Do We Cultivate Compassion? SENSE(LESS) Live

Sign up to attend the next Minerva Series Lecture on Wednesday 1 November, 6-7pm 2023 online through Zoom.

Compassion is the recognition of another’s suffering and the desire to help them. It’s vital to many personal and professional relationships, and key to several different services, including healthcare. It’s one of the six values in the National Health Service (NHS) Constitution. Compassionate care can be compromised by staff experience of empathy-based stress, which includes compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, and which overlaps with burnout. Compassion fatigue is physical and emotional exhaustion and reduced compassion. A lack of compassion in healthcare has been associated with severe and sometimes fatal consequences so it’s important we understand how to cultivate and sustain it.

In this live podcast Dr Lucy Maddox will speak to Mike and Naomi, the hosts of the SENSE(LESS) podcast about compassion, including her research in teenage mental heath ward settings.

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In our age of information, the world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Societal shifts, coupled with great leaps in science and technology, are shaping the future for us all.

The Minerva Series of Lectures is your opportunity to hear our experts share their insights on a range of topics, including science, politics, health, and sustainability.

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Find out about our lectures and register to attend online. All lectures in the Minerva Series start at 6.00pm and are free to attend.

Find out about our lectures and register to attend. All lectures in the Minerva Series start at 6.00pm and are free to attend. The next lecture is Visualising Loss: How do we create memory when people are forgotten? on Wednesday 2 August.

The Minerva Lecture Series is back for its 2023 programme and now features a mix of online and in person events, hosted both at the University and in community venues in Bath and the surrounding area.

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