Stoneygate Centre for Empathic Healthcare


Core team

Jeremy HowickProfessor Jeremy Howick

Centre Director and Professor of Empathic Healthcare

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Andy Ward headshotDr Andy Ward

Associate Professor of Medical Education and Honorary Senior Academic GP

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Rachel Winter headshotDr Rachel Winter

Associate Professor of Medical Education and Honorary Consultant in Psychiatry

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Amber Bennett-Weston headshotAmber Bennett-Weston

Research Associate

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Leila Keshtkar headshotDr Leila Keshtkar

Research Associate

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Jamanda Liddicott headshotDr Jamanda Liddicott


Felicity James headshotDr Felicity James

Associate Professor of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literature

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Catherine Eyres

Centre Manager

Centre Fellows

Dr Daniel Slavin

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Student representatives

Harry Dudson

Harry Dudson headshotMedical Student and Centre Intern

I am a Medical Student who began my studies as part of the University of Leicester's first cohort of Medicine with a Foundation Year.

I entered medical school after being inspired as a carer for a close family member and having experienced positive and negative clinical interactions. Coming from a single-parent council estate family, I have always been inspired to help others consider a career in education regardless of background. This is alongside using my life experience to focus on every patient in a holistic manner, appreciating the complexities of the human condition.

Throughout my 6 years at university so far, I have taken part in a significant number of outreach sessions to inspire school students to consider a career in education. This even led to me being able to share my experience in a conversation with the Prince and Princess of Wales as part of the University of Leicester's royal visit in 2018. I was also fortunate to be a subject of an NHS and Health Education England initiative entitled, "Dr You" to share how my experience of being a carer inspired me to pursue medicine and use this to motivate students to consider a career in healthcare.

In 2023, I graduated with a Master's degree in medical research by conducting a research project entitled "Evaluating the benefits of promoting social and community integration following a diagnosis of autism in adulthood". This project allowed me to explore my interest in research and inspired me to consider how clinical interactions could be optimised. Reflections on my project enhanced my curiosity for empathy as a skill and area of research. A topic which was first introduced during my foundation year back in 2017. I believe empathy is a skill which is fundamental to improve outcomes for patients as well as promote a healthier, supportive and efficient working environment interprofessionally.

Esther Kentish

Esther Kentish headshotPhD student



Esther Kentish holds a Bachelor of Arts (2017) in English Literature and Language with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Science (2018) in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Science (2020) in Medical Humanities from King's College London. Esther matriculated at the University of Oxford in 2020 and spent two years in the Faculty of English. Esther worked with patients in a hospital as a Mental Health Technician in the geriatric in North Carolina, United States, and is currently working in Britain on COVID-19 research. Her research focuses on scientific communication, medical humanities, poetry, life writing, autobiography, and biography. Authoring 6 books, one of which, The Emotional Healing Behind Words, is a poetic memoir featuring a critical, meta-data analysis of 47 poems written between 2009 and 2012. Esther is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine.


TEDx speaker and published author, Esther Kentish, examines the interwoven parts and interactions between illness and narrative in projects that communicate the scientific aspects of medicine and illness through life-writing, patient narratives, and digital media. In addition, the publication of Esther's literary work promotes de-stigmatization of illnesses while investigating their origin and cause. Esther's study focuses on English literature and medicine, two specific subfields under Medical Humanities. Esther intends to use her research platform in medical humanities and literature to examine the impacts of mortality from diseases and illnesses, the realities of pandemics in both abstract and physical spaces, and its impact on both gender and race. Esther is enthusiastic about utilising qualitative tools such as metadata analysis and data visualisation as well as artistic tools (particularly performing arts such as spoken word poetry, music, and dance) to communicate statistical value and medical information regarding the aetiology and progression of disease. Esther is presenting her research on COVID-19, patient narratives, autobiographies, and biographies in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.


Professor Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson headshotProfessor of Interprofessional Education and Patient Safety Lead

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Professor David Wright

Head of the School of Healthcare

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Sam Winter

College Marketing and Recruitment Manager

Professor Flis Bishop

Professor of Health Psychology, University of Southampton

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Jono Broad

Jono Broad headshotLived Experience Ambassador, NHS England

I have 30 years of experience working as a patient leader with a long-term condition helping to improve patient engagement, quality improvement and patient safety.

In my working life I am a matrix worker for NHS England working on personalised care, quality, safety as well as in primary care improvement.

I’ve had the privilege of working and knowing the NHS from bed to board. I’ve seen both the best and worst and I believe we can and should work toward a safe, reliable effective care system that supports both patient and staff in everything they do. I am committed to transforming the human experience of health and care for all.

Key to improvement in care is empathetic care. Working with the Stoneygate Centre for empathetic healthcare as a lived experience ambassador I want to see empathy at the centre of training for all staff.

Follow me on Twitter @QIPatient or connect with me on LinkedIn @jonobroad.

Dr Mohammadreza Hojat

Director of the Jefferson Longitudinal Study

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Professor Stewart Mercer

Professor of Primary Care and Multimorbidity, The University of Edinburgh

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International Advisory Board

Ahmed Ahmed

Ahmed Ahmed headshotMedical student

Professor Sue Carr

Sue Carr headshotDeputy Medical Director, General Medical Council; Consultant Nephrologist, University Hospitals of Leicester; Honorary Professor, University of Leicester

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Maya Dudko

Maya Dudko headshotMedical student

Professor Kevin Eva

Kevin Eva headshotAssociate Director and Scientist in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, and Professor and Director of Educational Research and Scholarship in the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

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Professor Sir Muir Gray CBE

Muir Gray headshotExecutive Director of the Oxford Centre for Triple Value Healthcare, and a Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme; Advisor to Public Health England and Chair of the NHS Health and Social Care Digital Service

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Professor Jodi Halpern

Jodi Halpern headshotProfessor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Co-founder and Co-Director, Berkeley Group for the Ethics and Regulation of Innovative Technologies

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Professor Sir Mayur Lakhani CBE

Mayur Lakhani headshotChair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; Board Member and Chair of the Clinical Executive of NHS Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland Integrated Care System; GP Principal-Partner in Leicestershire

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Professor Sheona Macleod

Sheona Macleod headshotMedical Director for Education Reform and Professional Development, Workforce Training and Education Directorate, NHS England; Honorary Professor, University of Leicester and Honorary Fellow, University of Nottingham

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Dr Dinesh Palipana

Dinesh Palipana headshotEmergency department doctor at the Gold Coast University Hospital; Senior lecturer at Griffith University; Research Fellow at the Jamieson Trauma Institute

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