Austin T, Patel S The Golden Window Exhibition and Presentation.Cambridge: Digital Gallery, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge Science Festival; 2014

Barnett R Critical professionalism in an age of super-complexity. In: Cunningham B ((ed.)). London: Institute of Education; 2008

Clandinin JD, Rosiek J Mapping a landscape of narrative inquiry: Borderland spaces and tensions. In: Clandinin JD ((ed.)). Alberta: SAGE;

Cox K Perceiving clinical evidence. Med Educ. 2002; 36:(12)1189-95

Cummings J Compassion in Practice: Our Culture of Compassionate Care.London: Department of Health; 2012

Downe S Caring and sharing: developing the art and science of midwifery. British Journal of Midwifery. 1998; 6:(7)

Haith-Cooper M An exploration of tutors' experiences of facilitating problem based learning. Part 2-implictions for the facilitation of problem based learning. Nurse Educ Today. 2003; 23:(1)63-75

Knudsen E Transcendental Realism in Documentary. In: Austin T, de Jong W New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education; 2008

Leap N The less we do, the more we give. In: Kirkham M ((ed)). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan;

Mayer RE Should there be a three-strikes rule against pure discovery learning? The case for guided methods of instruction. Am Psychol. 2004; 59:(1)14-19

Patel S, Toulson R Educating and Enhancing Compassion, Emotion and Reflective Professional Practice through Contemporary Digital Filmmaking.: SMART Digital Futures, IOS Press; 2013

Patel S, Jackson S The Golden Window [Film].UK: Eyeline Films; 2014

Phipps FEM, Whitney E, Meddings F, Evans M Embedding the 6 Cs: problem-based learning the Bradford way. British Journal of Midwifery. 2015; 23:(5)330-5

Power A Contemporary midwifery practice: Art, science or both?. British Journal of Midwifery. 2015; 23:(9)654-7

Riessman CK Narrative Methods for the Human Sciences.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications; 2008

Art and science: Promoting understanding and empathy through film

02 November 2017
Volume 25 · Issue 11


This article introduces a cross-disciplinary collaboration that has brought together the disciplines of film (art) and midwifery (art and science) in the making of a creative documentary to evaluate new learning opportunities and reflective practice for student midwives. The case study film, The Golden Window, was filmed in a neonatal intensive care unit over 72 hours and screened to a group of second-year midwifery students in the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, before their placements in neonatal intensive care. The students recorded their thoughts and impressions of the film. Their responses are summarised and reflected upon within this paper, with the underlying intent to examine whether this innovative interaction between art and science can provide an appropriate pedagogic framework for effective learning through creative and artistic means.

Modern healthcare is founded on the essential tenet of caring. Since nursing and midwifery education moved away from traditional, apprentice-style training into higher education, there have been questions raised as to whether the ability to care is innate, or is a skill that can be acquired in clinical practice (Barnett, 2008; Phipps et al, 2015). The concept of the 6Cs of good practice (care, compassion, communication, competence, courage and commitment) were introduced by NHS England (Cummings, 2012) in order to improve the quality of care for patients following examples of appalling care in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Phipps et al (2015: 333) suggest that:

‘Caring occurs when communication is good, mutual respect is nurtured and decision-making about care is shared.’

Power (2015: 654) has noted that safe and effective care in practice is often:

Register now to continue reading

Thank you for visiting British Journal of Midwifery and reading some of our peer-reviewed resources for midwives. To read more, please register today. You’ll enjoy the following great benefits:

What's included

  • Limited access to our clinical or professional articles

  • New content and clinical newsletter updates each month