{ The Movement for Human-centred Healthcare }

The great slide give-away!

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At Hearts in Healthcare we want to recruit a thousand speakers and presenters spreading the word about compassionate healthcare, all around the world.

To help you in that task, co-founder Robin Youngson is giving away his entire slide collection for you to use in your own presentation! Add your own title and logo, choose slides from the huge collection, feature your own stories and images, and inspire the audience with your own knowledge, insight and compassion.

This is an amazing treasure trove. The slide collection represents ten years of researching the scientific evidence, collecting inspiring stories and knowledge from health professionals in fifteen countries, sourcing hundreds of beautiful images and putting it all together for a compelling presentation. Every slide has extensive notes and the scientific references for an evidence-based presentation.

All the images have been purchased from photo agencies, sourced from Robin’s own photography, licensed for free re-use, or donated by photographers. We invite you to freely share this resource and to adapt the slides for your own use. The only thing we ask is that you include the Hearts in Healthcare logo, found in the header of each slide.

The slides are organised into catalogues according to subject:

  •  The impact of compassionate care on clinical outcomes
  • Extensive research on mind-body medicine
  • Slides about self-care and wellbeing, also aspects of burnout
  • The science of human connection
  • And many other subjects…

Because the slide collection is so big (more than 120 slides) we have created a pdf handout of each slide collection so you can quickly scan and choose the slides you want to use. You can download the catalogues and slides from the links at the end of this page.

Simple guidance on designing your own slides and making a compelling presentation

YouTube screenshotRobin has made a ten-minute video with simple advice on where to find free images, how to design slides for maximum impact, and how to fully engage your audience. Watch the video on YouTube here.

We want this to be YOUR presentation tapping into your own authentic stories and insights, not trying to emulate any of Robin’s presentations. The slides in each collection are not in any particular order. We suggest you pick and choose slides from different collections and put them together with your own slides to create a unique narrative to suit each audience. Because the slides are about compassion, caring and humanity you will find they are relevant and interesting to any audience, in any culture. Robin has used these slides to present to students, qualified health professionals, health executives and policy-makers. They have been equally well received in every culture, in the Western world, in Muslim countries in the Middle East, and in Asian culture in the Far East. You may want to replace some of the images for reasons of cultural sensitivity or to better identify with your audience.

The extensive notes and references with each slide are for your background information. Please DO NOT read aloud the notes on the slides during a presentation! Robin NEVER does that. You need to be familiar with the research evidence quoted in the references and put your own spin on how you convey the material. It needs to be authentic coming from you, integrated with your own stories, knowledge and insight.

The shape of a great presentation

Don’t be tempted to put too many slides in your presentation. Having said that, Robin has up to 40 slides in an hour-long presentation because there are few words on each slide, he’s conveying ideas and feelings with images, and there are no lists of bullet points!

In Robin’s video he remind you that you will rarely change attitudes or behaviours simply by presenting information or evidence – you need to engage people’s hearts as well as their minds. The most powerful leadership attribute you have is not persuasion, it’s vulnerability.

Robin very often starts a presentation with a moving personal story, either from the perspective of receiving healthcare or alternatively being a health professional. He’s willing to show emotion and sometimes have a tear in his eye. People choose careers in healthcare because they care. Engaging people’s emotions is hugely important.

Every one of us who works in healthcare has many compelling stories. Try to find stories that shift perspective. For instance Robin tells one story about the time his daughter was rushed to hospital with major trauma. The familiar clinical environment where he felt confident and comfortable as a senior doctor suddenly became alien and threatening when he found himself in a different role – the frightened parent of a critically injured doctor. First put yourselves in the shoes of your audience then find stories that give them an alternative viewpoint.

A typical presentation might have a shape like this:

  • Honour your audience: remember that everyone cares for their patients. Tell them that you are not here to tell them how to be compassionate – what a silly idea! – but to deeply affirm the caring practice they have and to share the scientific evidence of how important that it
  • Tell a personal story to open up the hearts
  • Show a selection of slides about mind-body medicine and the evidence for how powerfully compassionate care influences clinical outcomes
  • Share the science of human connection
  • Share another story from the perspective of a patient (maybe yourself or a family member)
  • Introduce some of the material about how health professionals can flourish in the workplace and protect themselves from burnout.
  • Finish with an inspiring take-home message.
  • Point people to Hearts in Healthcare resources, our website and Robin’s book ‘TIME TO CARE’ – it’s also available in Dutch, German and Hungarian (from October 2017) .

If you have more time, take the opportunity to tap into the knowledge and insight of your audience. Invite people to pair up and privately share a story of one day they had an amazing connection to a patient – takes about 5 minutes for each member of the pair. Then invite people in the audience to share their own story with the whole room. Prepare to be inspired and deeply moved by the stories you will hear.

If you want to follow up your presentation with an inspiring workshop for a small group, have a look at all the free resources we share for the ‘Reawakening Purpose‘ process.

Download the catalogues and the slides

Download the pdf catalogues to get an overview of the slides. Choose one collection as the foundation of your presentation, download the pptx file and save it with your own file name. Add your own logo and/or title to the header of each slide by editing the Master Slide. Add slides from the other collections by downloading the pptx file, copying slides and pasting them into your own presentation. For advice on creating your own slides, see the YouTube video. Images and text should be placed in the space beneath the header to that your slides match the others in the presentation.

Slide catalogues here (pdf files)

HiH burnout catalogue

HiH clinical outcomes catalogue

HiH costs catalogue

HiH human connection catalogue

HiH mental health catalogue

HiH mind-body catalogue

HiH quotes catalogue

HiH social medicine catalogue

HiH time pressure catalogue

HiH title slides catalogue

HiH wellbeing catalogue


PowerPoint file collections (pptx files)

HiH burnout

HiH clinical outcomes

HiH costs

HiH human connection

HiH mental health

HiH mind-body

HiH quotes

HiH social medicine

HiH time pressure

HiH title slides

HiH wellbeing



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