Each year a memorial lecture will be held to honour the memory of Elizabeth Bryan. It will honour the values that she held dear, the values that are held dear by this Trust, including Care, Concern and Compassion. Bringing together stakeholders from all areas it will seek to inspire and educate, promoting an environment of learning and debate.
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17 October 2018
University of Central Lancashire, Preston
What does a Compassionate University look like?
Professor Patrick Pietroni
The fifth Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust took place on the morning of Wednesday, 17 October at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Professor Patrick Pietroni, Director of the Elizabeth Foundation Trust delivered the Elizabeth Bryan Memorial Lecture “What does a Compassionate University look like?”.
The Lecture was introduced by Dr Lynne Livesey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCLan and Chaired by Professor Dame Betty Kershaw, Chair of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust.
11 October 2017
University of Central Lancashire
Kindness and Compassion
Challenges in Leadership Roles
Professor Mike Thomas
The fourth Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust took place on Wednesday, 11 October at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas delivered the fourth Elizabeth Bryan Memorial Lecture.
Professor Thomas, who has carried out years of academic research into the area of compassion and kindness in leadership, said:
“I’m truly honoured to have been asked to present the 2017 Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust Memorial Lecture. Throughout my career I’ve always been interested in these topics so to be able to help lend my support to such a worthy cause is fantastic.”
His lecture encompassed the variables that develop, support and challenge kind and compassionate leadership and include authenticity, relational management, equity, gender, organisational ethos and people development. Professor Thomas contextualised kindness and compassion challenges within the structures of digital technological developments, time and resilience.
Professor Thomas joined UCLan in the summer of 2014 and supervises a number of PhD students who explore management and leadership with particular emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience. As an ex-submariner, he has also worked on projects for many years which support military discharged service personnel to find new life and career opportunities. He works with a team of active ex-service academics and those with a special interest or specialism in the field of transition support and is the Director of the College for Veterans and Emergency Services.
The Lecture was introduced by Professor Dame Betty Kershaw FDBE OStJ FRCN Past President of the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust.
Professor Mike Thomas’ Lecture is available here: KINDNESS AND COMPASSION
18 October 2016
The Royal College of Nursing, London
Caring for the Carers
Mentorship for those in the caring professions
Professor Dame Betty Kershaw
The third Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust took place the evening of Tuesday, 18 October at the Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Street, London, W1G 0RN.
Professor Dame Betty Kershaw DBE OStJ FRCN Past President of the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust delivered the lecture Caring for the Carers: Mentorship for those in the caring professions.
Introduced by Professor Rod Thomson FRCN FFPH Deputy President of the Royal College of Nursing and Director of Public Health, Shropshire Council.
Mentorship means different things to different people. It is a term that confuses, not least for health care professionals who are introduced to “mentorship” as students when on placement. I have mentored for many years, formally by agreement to a particular cohort of nurses, such as those following a Department of Health Leadership programme, and very informally, usually from a personal approach or contact. The first challenges when becoming a mentor is to ensure the mentee understands what mentorship is, and our commitment to the partnership. And the last challenge has to be moving on from the mentor/mentee relationship into a new way of working together.
Since how one mentors is very individualistic I don’t pretend to offer solutions, merely a sharing of a personal journey over several decades during which time I learned so much.
Professor Dame Betty Kershaw
17 September 2015
Birmingham Medical Institute
Listening to NHS Staff
What they say about Compassion and Care
Professor Clare Gerada
The second Annual Memorial Lecture of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust took place the evening of Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the Birmingham Medical Institute, Edgbaston, Birmingham.
GPs, GP registrars and NHS Staff gathered to listen to Professor Clare Gerada, Past Chair of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners deliver the second Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust Annual Memorial Lecture, supported and introduced by Professor Patrick Pietroni, Director of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust.
Professor Gerada talked about compassion and healthcare, something, as a GP, she is deeply concerned and interested in, and the need to change the current system that is currently draining compassion from those working within the NHS. One of the initiative Professor Gerada has set up in an attempt to address the systems and structures that are preventing NHS staff from delivering compassionate care is the The Founders Network.
Professor Gerada quotes John Ballatt and Penny Campling (Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the culture of Healthcare, 2011):
“For it is easy to forget the appalling nature of some of the jobs carried out by NHS staff day in, day out – the damage, the pain, the mess they encounter, the sheer stench of diseased human flesh and its waste products.”
Dr Kevin IIsley Provost of the Royal College of General Practice Midland Faculty stood up to voice his own concerns for the future following Professor Gerada’s speech.
Professor Gerada’s Lecture is available here: LISTENING TO NHS STAFF – Clare Gerada – 17.09.15
8 October 2014
Royal Society of Medicine, London
People Are Not Things
The launch of the Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust in October 2014 at the Royal Society of Medicine set the precedence for our Annual Lectures when Lord Ramsbotham delivered his engaging speech – “People Are Not Things” (available here).
Also published in The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Vol.3 No.2 December 2014 (available here), it offered an insightful call to not only those working in healthcare, but those in the Army and government also, to work compassionately. “People Are Not Things” is an important watchword for anyone working with people.