Welcome to the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health

Welcome to VICTcORY Culture and Compassion. This website is the result of an amazing international collaboration which started towards the end of 2013.

The logo of this virtual centre symbolises the ideas of its members which are viewed as the seeds which have been growing for a while and which are beginning to illuminate the work of health care professionals on how to provide culturally competent and compassionate care to all the people who require their services.

*In case you are wondering as to why the letter Y was used in VICTcORY, the answer is that H (Health) simply did not work. So instead, the Greek word for ‘Health’ which is ‘Ygeia’ provided the ‘Y’ to complete the acronym ‘VICTcORY’, which is considered to be a positive and inspiring term that relates well to this centre and its members’ hopes for the future.

Professor Irena Papadopoulos (Middlesex University), a pioneer in transcultural, or what is commonly referred to as culturally competent healthcare and nursing, invited members of the ETNA network (European Transcultural Nursing Association) and members of her European Transcultural Nursing Mailing List (transcultural-eunet-l@mdx.ac.uk) to join her as research volunteers, in her attempt to conduct an international on-line survey on compassion. The survey aimed at discovering the views of qualified nursing practitioner, nursing teachers, and senior nursing students in terms of their understanding and practising of compassion, and how personal and professional compassion was learned and experienced.

Within two days volunteers from 20 countries came forward. Eventually 16 countries took part and nearly 1350 questionnaires were completed!

Go to the menu bar to find more about this and other projects, the current members, and how to join us.

This website will be an open access repository of resources which the existing and future partners will have produced, all of which will be addressing culturally competent compassion (Papadopoulos, 2011). © VICTcORY Culture and Compassion