The Heart of Caring
I think compassionate care is about being open and honest, and being non-judgemental and kind, listening to people and building rapport. They may be scared or may have preconceived ideas. We don't always know their story.
Registered Midwife | 1 Year Experience
A Framework & Reflective Resource for Leading Compassionate Care
The Heart of Caring reflective resource book Edition 2 (SESLHD, Nursing & Midwifery Practice & Workforce Unit, 2019) is a collection of story excerpts from ‘Our People’. 95 health care professionals, volunteers, consumers, board members and clerical staff shared their stories of caring and compassion.
Background & Framework
A 2015 nursing and midwifery grant and initiative resulted in the publication of Edition 1 of the book and also, thematic analysis of the story excerpts, resulted in the emergence of The Heart of Caring Framework, which includes 4 domains/concepts (strong themes) to lead person centred compassionate care. The 2015 nursing and midwifery stories revealed that ‘The Heart of Caring’ to them meant providing ‘Person Centred Compassionate Care, that was ‘making a difference to the care experience’, that was ‘supported by ‘teamwork’ and that ‘self-care & well-being was essential to enable its sustainability. The framework has been developed as part of a broader strategy to support and underpin leadership development programs towards the provision and leadership of person centred compassionate care across SESLHD. Themes from the 2019 stories aligning perfectly to the Heart of Caring Framework domains, this demonstrates that, regardless of our roles, caring and compassion and the delivery of person centred compassionate care is our shared goal.
The Reflective Resource Book
The book includes 10 sections, each sharing story excerpts that encourage and stimulate reflection, a reflective activity is included within each section that can be undertaken individually or as a team. The telling of stories is an important way for messages that are central to the development of effective cultures of caring to be conveyed. Stories from the heart carry weight in ways that directives and policy cannot. The underlying principle in story telling of this nature is that it requires reflection and that it will stimulate both focus and reflection on practice.
Examples of an story exerts from The Heart of Caring- Stories from Our People
Compassionate care means showing respect at all times and not making assumptions, tuning into that person’s experience and not closing off to feelings is very important. Remaining open despite the fact that it might be painful at times.
Senior Clinical Psychologist | 20 Years’ Experience
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SESLHD Strengths, Positive Thoughts & Affirmation cards
Positive quotes & affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons. Strengths are a good way to self-encourage and regain self-confidence, they can be used individually or to engage as a team, combining our strengths can cement our teams together.
Facilitation Cards: Facilitation cards are included for strengths spotting & cultivating positive thoughts through affirmations.
Heart of Caring Resource Facilitator Guide
Resources for Leading Person Centred Compassionate Care:
Connecting Human to Human
Engaging as a team
Helium stick- communication exercise
Creating Positive Workplace Culture
Promoting self-care and wellbeing