This Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to facilitate collaboration across disciplines and across countries to enhance our understanding, adoption and evaluation of compassionate communities as a key component of people centred integrated care.
Compassionate Communities is a global movement that recognises that caring for one another at times of health crisis and personal loss is not solely the responsibility for health and social services, but is everyone’s business. The approach aims to enable all of us to live well within our communities to the very end of our lives. The concept has evolved from the work of Professor Allan Kellehear, an Australian Public Health academic (Compassionate Cities: Public health and end of life care 2005). There is now a vibrant global movement around Compassionate Communities. Some examples focus on palliative and end of life care or on older people while others have embraced an assets based and community development approach to participation, wellbeing and healthy neighbourhoods.
Members will shape the scope of SIG activities and outputs. These may include:
Webinars and online peer support
Good practice case studies, guidance and tools
Evidence reviews and consensus documents
Collaborative action research and benchmarking
you have an interest in compassionate communities, practical experience or resources to share, a question or challenge for SIG members, or suggestions for future SIG activities please contact Marie Curran, SIG facilitator IFICScotland@integratedcarefoundation.org
Alison Bunce is the Programme Lead for Compassionate Inverclyde in Ardgowan Hospice, Scotland and is the Special Interest lead for Compassionate Communities.