The Power of Compassion for Inclusion Programme


Our innate instinct to show compassion when we see others in distress or difficulty is an important part of what makes us human. At the same time, it is also humanly possible to be selective with our compassion resulting in inequitable treatment and outcomes. This can be due to a range of different factors, and during these workshops we explore, what can impede compassion and also ways to expand our innate compassion to contribute to building inclusive mindsets, practices and cultures. Learning how simple everyday changes can make a real difference.  

This programme runs across 3 workshops. Each workshop builds on another, they are not standalone sessions.

Workshop 1: Compassionate Self – self-care and resilience on Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 10:00-12:30

This workshop provides those attending an opportunity to explore awareness of own positionality (i.e., recipient, observer, course or architect) in terms of peoples lived experience of racism and other forms of discrimination. How to stay present with discomfort (e.g. emotional regulate) and build resilience in the face of discrimination.

Workshop 2: Compassionate People – collective wellbeing and allyship on Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 10:00-12:30

This workshop provides those attending an opportunity to better understand the roots of direct, indirect and systemic racism and other forms of discrimination and how to relate this within their personal and working lives. It will also cover simple and practical ways to support others and build inclusive practices that ultimately positively impact on everyone’s wellbeing.

Workshop 3: Compassionate Cultures – action for change on Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 10:00-12:30

This workshop provides those attending an opportunity to understand how microaggressions and microinvalidations can manifest and their impact. To understand how to support change at different levels, whether for an individual, group or organisation.  And how different approaches and practices can contribute to building an inclusive culture and make a positive difference.

Who is this session for:

The NHS Leadership Academy provides leadership development for people of all backgrounds and experiences across health and care. This programme is aimed at health and care staff from all professional backgrounds within health and care including colleagues working in the health, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

Book your Place

Bookings have now closed for this programme. If you would like to be added to the Register of Interest list for future dates, please email [email protected].

Our Commitment

We are committed to making our training as accessible as possible (please see our accessibility page for what is currently available), we are aware that there is more that we can be doing. Please do contact us if there are any reasonable adjustments that we can make to support you to be able to attend this session. [email protected]

About the Facilitator 

Byron Lee

Byron has a background in health and social care, community and higher education, leadership development; and has spent the past 30 years supporting individuals, teams, communities and organisations build supportive and inclusive practices, systems and cultures. His passion is supporting individuals, teams and organisations weave together different sources of knowledge, wisdom and practice to support collaborative learning and change. His current work involves supporting change agents develop a compassionate and inclusive approach in their work so they can better engage with real world complexity and make a difference.