True compassion emphasised at Cashel’s International health conference

Pictured at the recent International Conference in the Cashel Palace Hotel. Seated L/R. Mary Prendergast, (St Patricks Hospatal)  Randal Carter,  Prof. Sarah Kagan.  Back L/R. DR. Hanno Niemeijer, Dr. Hilary Dunne, Mark White, Alice Leahy, Tom Van Der Meulen, Michael Brophy, Prof. Brendan McCormack, Dr. Craig Browne.
A fifth international health care conference was hosted in Cashel recently, at the invitation of a local health care facility.

A fifth international health care conference was hosted in Cashel recently, at the invitation of a local health care facility.

The conference took place in Cashel on November 11 in the Cashel Palace Hotel. Compassion: A Dawn of Transformation in Health Care’ attracted guests at the invitation of St. Patrick’s Hospital and the Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare.

Speakers from across Europe and America addressed the conference - most notable Randall Carter of Planetree and Prof Kagan of Pennsylvania State University. There were thought provoking presentations from colleagues from the Netherlands and UK.

Alice Leahy of the Irish organisation of TRUST spoke passionately and openly about the homeless. Questioning how healthcare professional see the poor in society she spoke of the work of TRUST in assisting those on the frontline. Minister Tom Hayes TD gave a short overview of his experience of healthcare in South Tipperary. He acknowledged the good people in the services for their commitment and expertise.

The conference theme was about the connection and trust built with patients as partners. Most days in healthcare are filled with generalised systems, universal checklists employed in the name of quality and safety. While quality and safety is paramount surely then safe and quality care must be person centred.

The experience of true compassion in healthcare may leave us with a warm affection for those that display such nature. Sadly it may be less visible in today’s hyper-productive and outcomes-focused climate. Most in healthcare are striving to live a professional life in concert with core humanistic values. The day proved useful as chairs Michael Brophy and Prof Kennedy engaged participants in evaluating the compassionately centred collaborations to derive thought and action changes that may be fruitful to all.