Health and Social Care
Supportive
Supportive
“The techniques were so easy that they seemed like magic. For any moment, reason, challenge, view or problem that brings negativity, you can apply them with instant results.“ - Ale Alemada, cancer group leader, Argentina

The need

It seems common sense that love and compassion should be at the heart of health and social care, yet all too often they get squeezed out by ‘economic realities’, target culture, administrative demands and ever-decreasing resources. In the process, the professionals who have taken up this work from the best of motivation can find themselves struggling with stress and exhaustion, and unable to offer the level of service they wish for.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom takes a person-centred approach that equips health and social care practitioners to take better care of themselves and the people they serve through emphasising the importance of reflective practice and the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.

What Universal Education offers health and social care professionals

Universal Education learning programmes and resources provide professionals, volunteers and carers in health and social care settings with insights and practical tools that can be immediately taken into busy working routines.

These programmes and resources have proved particularly helpful for professional self-care; in supporting the development of positive relationships between staff, patients and relatives; in team-building and leadership; and for strengthening a high-performance and values-led culture throughout the organisation.

In Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Peru, Transformative Mindfulness Methods have been utilised in cancer support groups, cardiac rehab, psychotherapy, palliative care treatments, the treatment of acute migraines, and in correctional facilities - among many other applications. The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life programme has been taken into hospices in New Zealand and Malaysia, and used as a training programme for community nurses and other healthcare workers. In Australia, Corporate-Based Mindfulness Training is being introduced to high level leaders in statutory healthcare.

Benefits

The benefits that have been observed by professionals working in these settings include: an increased ability to remain calm and focused; greater resilience; lower levels of stress; an expanded capacity for insight and self-reflection; and a renewed motivation to practise and convey positive qualities such as kindness, empathy and patience, particularly in the face of adversity.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website, and find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as Transformative Mindfulness Methods and the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned into your own activities in the area of health and social care.

Request FDCW to provide a training programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your hospital, hospice or healthcare setting.