The courage of compassion: transforming nurses’ and midwives’ working environments to enable them to flourish

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How can we better support nurses and midwives to flourish and thrive in their work? Join us at this free online event to discuss the changes needed to empower nurses and midwives to shape and provide the compassionate, high-quality care that they aspire to in a sustainable way – through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The conversation will explore:  

  • workplace stressors, work conditions and ways of working – including workload, shift patterns and supervision – that have an impact on nurse and midwife wellbeing, and how these can be positively transformed
  • organisational cultures and leadership styles – including those around diversity and inclusion, psychological safety and compassionate leadership at all levels – that need to be cultivated, and how progress can be achieved
  • lessons and examples of good practice from across the health and care system, from both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Register for free


Event partner

This event is being held in partnership with the RCN Foundation. 

If you're interested in partnering with us on an online event please email Chloe Smithers or call her on 020 7307 2482.




Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund


Professor Michael West

Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund, and Professor of Organisational Psychology, Lancaster University


Professor Charlotte McArdle

Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland, Department of Health


Wendy Leighton

Project Manager - Regulated Professional Workforce, Skills for Care


Jess Sainsbury

Community Mental Health Nurse and Developing Educator in Practice, Solent NHS Trust


Professor Laura Serrant

Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University

Register and FAQs

Register here to watch the event on 3 December or later on demand. 

Scroll down for answers to frequently asked questions. 

When you register, you’ll be taken to a confirmation page inviting you to add the online event to your calendar. This calendar invite contains the link to the event auditorium. Click this link at the time of the broadcast to join the discussion. Reminder emails containing the link will be sent closer to the day of the event. You can use the same link to watch the event on demand.  

For the best viewing experience, make sure you are using an up-to-date web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox. 

We invite registrants to submit questions before the event. During the broadcast, some of our panelists will be available to answer your questions using the Slido functionality on the left-hand side of the event auditorium. 

If you have accessed the auditorium multiple times, Slido might ask you for an access code. This will be emailed to you automatically and you’ll need to enter the code to continue using Slido. Please note this does not affect your overall access to the event or the video.  

During the event, technical support will be available at all times via the chatbot in the bottom right of the auditorium page. However, we recommend testing your connection beforehand using the links available on the registration confirmation page and in the reminder emails.

Please contact the events and partnerships team at if you have any further queries.