Fostering Compassion, Courage and Compassion in Mental Health Nursing Students: Barry Farnsworth

This is a useful clip of the development of Barry’s approach to students studying the sensitive work of Mental Health Nursing. He evaluates the characteristics students need to develop to be able to be effective practitioners in the field. This revolves around the 6 ‘C’s, Competence, Communication, Care, Compassion, Courage and Commitment.

It is the area of Compassion, Courage and Commitment that are more difficult to engender in learning and teaching. This relates to the pedagogic approach of Emotional Intelligence and the importance of taking feelings into learning.

Barry discusses the diversity of students in terms of academic skills as students are aiming to work in a ‘practical’ setting. He recognises the different learning styles of students as well as utilising the pedagogic approach of Constructive Alignment.

He emphasises the importance of the tutorial system in supporting students through their course experience.


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Barry Farnsworth
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
T: +44 (0)116 201 3845

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