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? In this free online event we discussed 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 explored:  

  • 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.


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This event was 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