As an NHS provider, and with experience working in the NHS and Emergency Services, EF training regularly monitor the reports that demonstrate the industry’s attitude to compassion. We’re pleased to notice that compassion is high on the agenda, but we’d like more emphasis placed on staff’s compassion for themselves.
Empathy, sympathy and compassion in healthcare
In his essay, “Empathy, sympathy and compassion in healthcare: Is there a problem? Is there a difference? Does it matter?“, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2016, David Jeffrey stated: “By accepting rather than resisting their own emotions, doctors can stay involved in care without despair. Caring involves some degree of identification of a person as a human being with the same needs and deserving the same respect as oneself this is part of the moral force of empathy. Empathy, unlike compassion or sympathy, is not something that just happens to us, it is a choice to make to pay attention to extend ourselves. It requires an effort.”
EF training recognises the importance of the carers’ needs. Our Compassion Fatigue Awareness Training enables you to recognises the symptoms in yourself and supplies you with tools to assist you in maintaining your own wellbeing.
Compassion fatigue in practice
As you’ll see in the attached report by the Department of Health, entitled: “Compassion in Practice“, the NHS recognises that compassion lies at the heart of the organisation for the patient experience. Sadly, self-compassion is not high on the agenda. At EF training, we want to ensure that Compassion Fatigue Awareness and self-management is as important to the organisation as delivering compassion to the patient. Improving the natural well being of the staff will have a positive impact on the patient.