What we stand for:
We respect the dignity of persons – whoever and whatever they are. We view medicine as a moral enterprise to promote and enable healing and believe that this endeavour can only be achieved by combining competence with compassion. We recognise the capacity for dehumanisation – even in healthcare – of individuals or groups, leading to discrimination, cruelty and neglect. We seek to identify and expose practices and policies that distort or corrupt the goals of medicine and to collaborate in strengthening those that support them. Above all, we aim to give voice to those who may lack the power to do so.
The Forum’s aims:
- To form a network of individuals and organisations that cultivate compassionate healthcare.
- To raise awareness of norms, assumptions and practices that threaten or erode human values in healthcare.
- To offer a forum where professionals, patients, students, academics, spiritual and healthcare leaders, managers and members of the general public can engage in creative conversations and share ideas, projects and ethical concerns.
- To share and disseminate examples of good practice, relevant training, education, and research.
- To critically appraise the impact that policy and organisation have on patient-centered practice.
- To provide hope and inspiration to those who care about flourishing and humanity in healthcare.
The Forum sets out to promote dialogue, debates, lectures, workshops, conferences and publications that make public the above aims.