"Tim Hunt's promise: to be conscious of other people in a way which does not happen automatically"

About: Rotherham: Every interaction counts

(as other),

This promise to change my work with patients and colleagues was made as part of Rotherham's Every Interaction Counts initiative, with Patient Opinion. As a companion I was very conscious of having to carefully consider each person, to listen and receive. It's a role which needs full attention and reminded me that "to care" uses up our resources and we need to be conscious of other people in a way which does not happen automatically.
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Response from Paul Hodgkin, Chief Executive, Patient Opinion

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Thanks for this Tim. As a companion on the day I know your role was specifically to look after people as they arrived, see how they were doing in breaks and generally help them reflect on the day. You make a good point in your promise that 'caring' is not just about giving but also about receiving. I wonder if keeping what we receive from patients in mind would help us to keep being present, to keep in the now, for people. May be its harder to be absent minded if you are conscious of what you are receiving than when one is in automatic, professional giving role. What do you think? Best wishes Paul (Just email with your reply if you are too busy to post it up yourself and we'll put it up for you)
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