Compassion in Primary Healthcare conflicts, politics and opportunities

Date06 June 2013
Duration1 day
Start Time08:45
End Time17:00
AudienceGP, GP Trainee, GP Trainer or educator, Medical student, First5, Patients and public, Retired GP, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physician assistant, Practice manager, Practice nurse, Prison staff



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Whilst we endeavour to provide a 'gold standard' service to all course participants, if you are registering less than 72 hours before the start of the event, you should be aware that some materials may not be readily available on the day and we may contact you with regards to catering arrangements.

This one day conference will be the first of its kind to be run in Scotland, offering an opportunity to discuss and debate specifically the ethical challenges faced in providing compassionate primary healthcare.

This enthralling conference will have as its main theme the challenge of maintaining compassion in healthcare within our wider cultural, political and social context and the negative consequences of the erosion of compassion in healthcare for patients, individual practitioners, the NHS and society as a whole.

These challenges will be considered at an individual level and an institutional level, looking at the wider implications in terms of patient engagement and empowerment, patient safety and health outcomes, practitioner altruism and burnout, rising levels of complaints and litigation, and a culture of measurement, targets and payment-for-service.

The conference will be opened by Mr Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and will be chaired by Professor Alastair Campbell FRSE. Lectures and workshops will be delivered by a number of internationally renowned speakers including Dr Peter Toon, Professor Jane Macnaughton and Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland. 


Workshop allocation will be made on a first come first serve basis.

A picnic lunch and refreshments are provided.

Evening Key Note Lecture "Compassion and Healthcare" by Mr Derek Feeley, Director-General Health and Social Care, and Chief Executive of NHS Scotland. This key note lecture is a prelude to the conference on 05 June 2013. This will be held at Surgeons Hall and booking for this must be made seperately through the RCGP Scotland webpage or by contacting


VenueGrassmarket Community Project, 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA
Maximum capacity87
Phone0131 260 6812
ContactShelley Ell

Course programme

Compassion in Primary Healthcare 06 June 2013 


  • Lunch
  • Refreshments

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