Here is a link to an interesting article by Leicester psychiatrist Penny Campling about contemporary healthcare culture in the NHS from the Bulletin of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and the importance of promoting positive values in our human services. Penny Campling used to be the clinical lead at the therapeutic community in Leicester, Francis Dixon Lodge, and she co-authored a book in 2011 on what ‘intelligent kindness’ might mean in the healthcare context. She writes clearly in this article about the values of kindness/kinship, thoughtfulness and human connection which she (and many of us) would like to see in our health service, and the very real difficulties for staff in moving towards these ideals – and indeed, those factors that pull in the opposite direction.
The article can be found at: pb.rcpsych.org/content/39/1/1.full
Arabella Kurtz, March 25th 2015