Julian Abel and Paul Gilbert October 22nd 2020

We are delighted to announce Julian Abel and Paul Gilbert in conversation.

There is an expanding evidence base for the use of compassion in the alleviation of mental health difficulties and the promotion of wellbeing. Both Paul and Julian’s work provides strong evidence of the profound benefits of including compassion in our lives, our cities, our schools, our Universities and all other private and public settings.

So how do we promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion in all domains of human life for the benefits of us all?

Dr Julian Abel spent his working life as a specialist palliative care doctor. Julian is the Director of Compassionate Communities UK and has developed a special interest in compassionate communities, initially as part of supporting people undergoing experiences of death, dying, loss and care giving. Over the last few years he has worked with Frome Medical Practice applying the compassionate community approach to healthcare in general, with some startling results. He is Director of Compassionate Communities UK, a charity which aims to share the lessons learnt in both palliative care and primary care more broadly.

Julian’s experience and results from Frome are documented in his book co-written with Lindsay Clark, The Compassion Project: A case for hope & human kindness from the town that beat loneliness.The Compassion Project : A case for hope and humankindness from the town that beat loneliness



Professor Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 20 books and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE in March 2011



Breaking News:

Watch this space coming soon to the salon we have the wonderful Dr Lucy Maddox author of Mental Health ? Where does it come from and other big questions

And we are absolutely delighted to announce the award winning author Isabel Losada discussing compassion and her new book, The Joyful Environmentalist.


Future Salon News

Our future authors include.

  • Dr Gavin Francis: Shapeshifters (A collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts). Hosted by Professor Liz Grant
  • Richard Holloway: Waiting for the Last Bus. Hosted by Revd Dr Harriet Harris
  • Isla Aitken: Making Pearls from Grit: Hosted by Revd Dr Harriet Harris
  • Professor Pam Smith: Emotional Labour: Hosted by our Director Marti
  • Margaret Hannah: Humanising Healthcare: Hosted by Dr Clare Gable
  • Eva Musby: Anorexia and other eating Disorders: Hosted by Marti

Please keep an eye on the Future Salons link for all event information.

Queens Nursing Institute Scotland. Compassion Salon


QNIS Compasssion Salon

Our Director Marti and the Rev Dr Harriet Harris MBE are presenting a virtual compassion salon workshop on Wed, 13 May 2020 between 19:15 – 20:30 BST

This workshop will consider what we mean by belonging and compassion and how it is relevant under the present challenging circumstances, in our own lives and for those for whom we care. The workshop will help us to explore the fears that we all have, but don’t often share and facilitate a compassionate response for ourselves and others. The workshop will also draw on relevant books and poetry that are related to compassion and wellbeing.

Revd Dr Harriet Harris is Chaplain to the University of Edinburgh and Head of the Chaplaincy Service. She is a teacher and researcher, an Honorary Fellow of the Divinity School, Co–Director of the University’s Global Compassion Initiative, and Associate Fellow of the Clinical Educator Programme, delivering compassion training to clinicians in NHS hospitals. Harriet was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to multifaith education and community and cohesion. She is a Fellow of the RSA.

Online collaboration with the RSA:

We are delighted to announce that during the time of Covid our salons will run online in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts:

10th June Dr Gavin Francis and Professor Liz Grant (RSA)

RSA and The Compassion Salon – Medicine: The Alliance of Science with Kindness

It is with delight that we announce our next salon in collaboration with the RSA

at Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 16:00 – 17:30

Please follow the link below to get tickets

https://www.thersa.org/events/fellowship-events/2020/06/rsa-and-the-compassion-salonEdit “10th June Dr Gavin Francis and Professor Liz Grant (RSA)”


Hello and welcome to our new shiny website produced rather more quickly than expected due to Covid 19. We hope you are all doing ok and keeping well and we hope that we can offer support and wisdom at this challenging time and moving forward. To start we offer an opinion piece in our writers corner written by our Director Marti and Revd/Dr Harriet Harris from the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy. Kindness x