Stoneygate Centre for Empathic Healthcare

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Stoneygate Centre for Empathic Healthcare

Green logo which reads?: 'the stoneygate centre for empathic healthcare'The Stoneygate Centre for Empathic Healthcare’s mission is to improve patients’ lives by pioneering a robust new approach to medical education and training that positions empathy at the heart of healthcare, fostering health and care services that are fit for the future.

Through our bold plans and transformative vision, our goal is to provide the NHS with the most empathic, compassionate and resilient junior doctors possible. Our research evidence and partnerships will guide and support the practice and structure of empathic healthcare in the UK and internationally.

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We are developing and delivering a radical and cutting-edge empathy-focused programme of training at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels.

Research and evaluation

Our research is identifying effective tools to measure and improve empathy, including assessing for aptitude during the selection of undergraduate students. We will demonstrate our impact both on improved empathy and resilience in our practitioners, and on patient experiences and health outcomes.


We will evidence how our methods and training are revolutionary and invaluable to all involved in healthcare, from policymakers to front-line staff across health and social care. We will use this evidence to inform and drive movements for change, so NHS care can be the most empathic in the world. 


Collaboration cuts across everything we do. Our strategy is to actively engage with other experts and critical stakeholders, building relationships to support our ambitious vision. At every step, we seek collaborations that enhance our influence and accelerate the use of our evidence in education, policy and practice.

Centre of Excellence definition

The Stoneygate Centre for Empathic Healthcare is an academic Centre of Excellence; a flagship team or shared facility that provides expertise and leadership in a specific area, and is internationally respected for the quality and real-world relevance of their research.

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