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Meeting today’s healthcare leadership challenges: is compassionate, caring and inclusive leadership the answer?
  1. Luke David Edwards1,
  2. Alex Till2,
  3. Judy McKimm3
  1. 1 Welsh School of Anaesthesia, Wales Deanery, Cardiff, UK
  2. 2 School of Psychiatry, Health Education North West (Mersey), Liverpool, UK
  3. 3 School of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Luke David Edwards, Department of Anaesthesia, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend CF31 1RQ, UK; luke.edwards{at}


The delivery of high quality, compassionate care is imperative for all healthcare organisations and systems. Current thought leadership explores the necessity for compassionate and inclusive leadership as a prerequisite to develop the culture within which this can be achieved. In this article, we explore the background to this thinking and how it might work in practice.

  • clinical leadership
  • medical leadership
  • patient-centred care
  • continuous improvement

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the article in its entirety.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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