Our research agenda is shaped by our vision to provide evidence-based empathic training with a measurable impact on patient care, outcomes and experience. It is categorised into five core themes:
Research, evaluation and partnerships to accelerate the adoption of empathic healthcare
Creating a movement for change within and across the healthcare sector requires us to identify and challenge the many barriers to adopting more empathic approaches to healthcare practice and governance.
Our Centre’s strong research focus means that all our curriculum enhancements and professional training programmes will be grounded in high-quality evidence. Alongside our teaching activities, our goal is to evidence:
- a) the impact of training on student and practitioner empathy
- b) the impact of empathic care on patient outcomes and experience
- c) the impact of providing empathic care on practitioner well-being, resilience and job satisfaction
- d) the barriers and enablers to empathic care and how these can be overcome and harnessed.
Building this credible and robust evidence base, together with compelling storytelling and advocacy across the spectrum of healthcare, will challenge the status quo and embed empathy in the hearts and minds of practitioners, leaders and policymakers.
We will collaborate with academics and clinicians at the University of Leicester and beyond, who are experts in healthcare systems, innovation, change management and human factors, and will use our research and influence to become a driving force for positive change in all healthcare settings.
The University of Leicester has an excellent reputation in providing research opportunities to doctors in training and is regularly awarded additional academic clinical fellowship and lecturer posts by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The Centre’s activities would provide exciting opportunities to enhance Leicester’s offering in medical education and research into empathy, both supporting our outputs and attracting excellent students and trainees to remain in Leicester.