The European Society for Person Centered Healthcare (ESPCH) is a professional body of multi-disciplinary clinicians, academics, expert patients, patient advocacy groups, policymakers and economists. Created in shadow form in late 2013, the ESPCH became fully functional from January 2014. The Society’s mission is to address the challenges that clinicians and healthcare systems now face in terms of the increasing depersonalisation of clinical care and the current – and growing – epidemic of long term chronic illness. The Society aims to promote the re-personalisation of health services and to counter the modern preoccupation with biological dysfunction in isolation from a wider and entirely necessary concern with the effects of disease on patients’ lives and social functioning. The Society is currently engaged in a multiplicity of activities across Europe and elsewhere that are aimed at re-sensitising healthcare to its mandate to care, comfort and console as well as to ameliorate, attenuate and cure. We aim to re-inculcate in clinicians and health systems an ambition to treat patients as persons. The Society is administered from headquarters in central London, UK and in Madrid, Spain. ESPCH membership
The International Health Humanities Network provides a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector workers and creative practitioners to join forces with informal and family carers, service-users and the wider self-caring public to explore, celebrate and develop new approaches in advancing health and wellbeing through the arts and humanities in hospitals, residential and community settings. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this initiative begins a new era in developing the way that arts and humanities knowledge and practice can enhance health and wellbeing.
The Trinity of Policy-Making: Evidence, Causation and Argumentation is a project funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation (Workshops Grants Scheme). Running from 2015 to 2017, TRINITY brings together scientists, philosophers of science, argumentation scholars, and policy-makers to explore the notion of evidence as the three-place relation: ‘evidence is evidence of something for someone’. This is done by considering evidence in a wider philosophical context, including causal reasoning and methodology. The organizers are Carlo Martini (Helsinki), Rani Lill Anjum (NMBU, Aas), and Frank Zenker (Lund/Konstanz).