Flourishing in Difficult Times (Think About Health Conference, Birmingham, 19-20 June 2014)

Flourishing in Difficult Times 19 – 20 June 2014 Think about health Summer Conference Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham What does it mean for a health service to flourish? How might a sense of flourishing underpin other goals, such as building a just and compassionate service? How can both patients and practitioners be helped to Read the full article…

Mike White – From the NHS Hotel

Mike White‘s diary entry reads: 10th February. There is free bedside TV from 8.00 till noon, offering ticker-taped news, mad cartoons and dysfunctional families screaming in front of a studio audience – outside those hours you must buy it in bundles. When I was last in hospital, the TV monitor carried a message of welcome Read the full article…

Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) (CfP, Conference, London, 14-15 May 2014).

The first Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) Conference will be held on 14-15th May 2014 in London, England at the Coin St Neighbourhood Centre. HERON is an international network founded in 2010. It aims to develop and promote interactions between health practitioners, researchers and community members and representatives to enable a more collaborative approach to Read the full article…

Co-Producing Knowledge on Health, Wellbeing and Place through Participatory Research (CfP session at the RGS 2014 Conference, London 26-29 August 2014)

Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference Geographies of co-production London, Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 August 2014 Call for Papers for a session entitled: Co-Producing Knowledge on Health, Wellbeing and Place through Participatory Research Session Sponsor: Geography of Health Research Group This session will bring together researchers who are exploring the links between Read the full article…

“There’s no lights on the Xmas tree momma, they’re burnin’ an artist tonight!”

Mike White writes: There was a hatchet job in Sunday’s Independent on arts in hospitals based on perfunctory information extracted on NHS expenditure on art works (accessible here). Those of us who are driving the development of the National Alliance for Arts and Health are deliberating whether to make a response as the piece appears Read the full article…

Medical Humanities and Narrative Ethics in Oncology (Seminar, Switzerland, 18-20 October 2013)

Medical Humanities and Narrative Ethics in Oncology: Prognosis, Destiny and Bad News 18-20 October 2013 Bellinzona, Switzerland In the age of participatory medicine, where health professionals encourage and value patients as full partners, patient narrative is the basis for shared decision making. Practicing patient-centred care through the integration of narrative in the consultation enables patients Read the full article…

A Narrative Future for Healthcare: Conference Report by Deborah Bowman, Trisha Greenhalgh and Jonathon Tomlinson

This conference report was invited by editors of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog in order to share with a wider audience the ideas and discussions prompted by one of the major international conferences in our field. It was written by Deborah Bowman Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St George’s Medical Read the full article…

Havi Carel: the role of the patient in improving quality

Havi Carel, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Bristol, and a patient, gives a philosophical perspective on patients and improving the quality of care at The King’s Fund’s NHS Leadership Summit 2013. She drew on her own experience of care, as well as the works of Kant, to highlight the important role that patients can Read the full article…

Telling Stories in the Medical Encounter Date and time – Prof Larry Hergott (Seminar, Edinburgh University, 14 May 2013)

The Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland presents: Professor Larry Hergott Telling Stories in the Medical Encounter Date and time Tuesday 14th May, 2013 5pm – 6.30pm (followed by a wine reception) Venue: Meadows Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, University of Edinburgh Prof Hergott will discuss, through the sharing of writings of others and himself, the Read the full article…