This section outlines our current research, related research themes, and provides materials from events related to our research activities.


The Healthcare Values Partnership engages in research projects which weave together academic expertise and healthcare practice to investigate the conceptual questions and practical concerns which inform healthcare. We actively pursue research partnerships which unite humanities, social sciences and healthcare perspectives in practical approaches to the common good in healthcare. 
Summaries of our current research projects are listed below. Further information on each of these projects and other research themes, along with articles and videos from related events, can be accessed in the left hand menu.

Compassion in Healthcare: Practical Policy for Civic Life

This is the primary research focus which informs, and has led to, the other lines of enquiry in our research. It responds to an identified need to provide opportunities for humanities and social science researchers to explore values important to healthcare, especially compassion, in partnership with doctors, nurses and others involved in healthcare.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council has made a grant of £199,258 to Professor Joshua Hordern for this 18 month project (January 2017-June 2018). Dr Therese Feiler is the researcher on the project.
The project involves research and knowledge exchange with three healthcare organisations:

Further details about the project on the Research Councils UK website may be found here.

Marketisation, Ethics and Healthcare: Policy, Practice and Moral Formation

This research theme stems from collaboration with colleagues including partners in the Royal Society of Medicine and the Oxford Clinical Commissioning Group. It focuses on the significance of markets, contracts and healthcare commissioning for the meaning of health and healthcare. Further details are availale here.
The main conference took place on June 19th 2015 at the Royal Society of Medicine. Details of the event are available here. Further events are now planned leading towards an edited volume entitled Marketisation, Ethics and Healthcare: Policy, Practice and Moral Formation (Routledge 2018).
Generously funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (Engaging Healthcare: Markets and Meaning) made to Prof Joshua Hordern.

Personalised Medicine: the promise, the hype and the pitfalls

This research theme explores the scientific, clinical, legal, ethical and social implications of biomarker-based personalised medicine. It examines the issue by looking at the promise and the hyper of personalised medicine; the human person and the communication of risk; data sharing and participation, and value, equity and power.
The research is geared towards discourse and debate, to help identify and challenge aspirations that are more grounded in myth or hype than reality, and to produce focused, practical questions which need further examination.
Details of a conference held on 9th December 2016 can be found here. Issues explored in the conference led to the publication of the special issue Personalised Medicine: The promise, the hype and the Pitfalls in The New Bioethics in May 2017.
For more information about the research questions in this project, click here.