From COMPLIANCE to COMPASSION – Dismantle the FURNITURE of SEPARATION

Most people connected with health and social care are passionate about compassion being at the heart of the care and support relationship. However, at times the functions, systems and processes created to run health and social care are a barrier to a consistently compassionate response.

Some of the language we use to describe particular functions gives some clues around the pervasive culture which runs the risk of failing to strike the right balance between empowerment and protection and between systems and processes and the important human aspects of care. For example:-

Infection CONTROLLER

Safe GUARD

Risk ASSESSOR

Manual HANDLER

Health and social care may have become so preoccupied with patient and client safety that we are challenged in offering what people say matters most when they are feeling vulnerable; for example:-

Compassion

Empathy

Warmth

Understanding

Patience

Listening

The Compassion habits at the heart of compassionate environments we are developing offer the opportunity to ‘dismantle the furniture of separation’  so that people can rely on each other to be kind and the important functions outlined above do not create a loss of humanity and compassion, but instead form an integrated part of our compassionate practice.

Would love to hear your thoughts on how liberated you are to show compassion to yourself and others

warmest wishes

Andy

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One Response to From COMPLIANCE to COMPASSION – Dismantle the FURNITURE of SEPARATION

  1. Maxine Craig says:

    Hello and thanks for this prompt to think. Perhaps most of us run our brain wiring in ‘either or mode’ feeling that one thing has to have primacy over another , when actually a better frame might be the ideas of polarities. Issues or positions which are bound together but feel like opposite , eg breathing in and breathing out …. So we do need safety and we need compassion . For me this is a kin to the fact that your children need love and affection and belonging AND they need discipline , routine and independence , all are necessary. So my thought what we actually need are people , practitioners, human care givers who are mindful of all of this

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