May 20, 2016
An arts-based training programme to support healthcare professionals to deliver compassionate care across King’s Health Partners has inspired a new framework to help others think about the skills and conditions that allow high quality care to flourish.
The Circle of Care is the brainchild of award-winning theatre company Clod Ensemble and the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. With our funding, the organisations have been delivering Performing Medicine at SaIL – a three-year programme of training aimed at healthcare staff at all levels which uses techniques borrowed from the arts to help professionals reconnect with their compassion and commitment to best care.
Through a simple visualisation, the model reflects the ‘flow’ of care that occurs between the professional, the patient, the carer and healthcare colleagues. It advocates for the importance of allowing and nurturing this multi-directional flow, and the skills needed to make it a success – from teamwork to strong communication, leadership and self-care.
At the launch of the new framework this week, Suzy Willson, Director of Clod Ensemble, said she hoped the Circle of Care would be used as “an innovative model for compassionate human factors in healthcare and as a powerful framework for articulating the important role arts can play in the education and training of healthcare professionals.”
The launch was attended by the Minister of State for Culture, Ed Vaizey. Speaking at the event, Vaizey said: “I passionately believe in the important role arts can play in health in particular in a formal caring environment.” (…)“I will continue to work with the Arts Council and heritage organisations to try and promote as much as possible links between the arts and health.”