Health Care Analysis

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Aesthetic, Emotion and Empathetic Imagination: Beyond Innovation to Creativity in the Health and Social Care Workforce

  • Deborah MuntEmail author
  • Janet Hargreaves
Original Article


The Creativity in Health and Care Workshops programme was a series of investigative workshops aimed at interrogating the subject of creativity with an over-arching objective of extending the understanding of the problems and possibilities of applying creativity within the health and care sector workforce. Included in the workshops was a concept analysis, which attempted to gain clearer understanding of creativity and innovation within this context. The analysis led to emergent theory regarding the central importance of aesthetics, emotion and empathetic imagination to the generation of creative and innovative outcomes that have the capacity to promote wellbeing in the health and social care workforce. Drawing on expertise in the field, this paper outlines the concept analysis and subsequent reflection.


Concept analysis Creativity Empathetic imagination Aesthetics Emotion Health and social care workforce Innovation Wellbeing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Open ArtHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.Human and Health SciencesUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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