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A bold, original book that sheds new light on our understanding of the role courage plays in healthcare. Critically analysing both the positive and negative implications of the presence of courage in delivering care, the authors present literature, theory, and detailed examples from practice, including whistleblower’s own accounts of courage-demanding situations. With a view to promoting better patient outcomes, well-being for practitioners, and support for those who feel compelled to ‘speak out’ and challenge bad practice, Courage in Healthcare is an invaluable resource for any healthcare practitioner working in the NHS today, a rallying call and a practical guide.

Courage to Flourish
Courage to Flourish

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

The chapter will consider how a more substantial re-thinking about healthcare systems might be needed, such as a less retributive approach to healthcare regulation and a more inclusive way of organising and providing healthcare that opens it up to more diverse views on what is happening and why, in order to promote organisational development and learning. We will try to bring together some of the themes which have emerged in our discussion of courage in this book. Fundamental to thinking about how courage can ‘flourish’ is the answer to the question: ‘Under what professional, personal and environmental conditions should someone need to show courage ...

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