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Clinical armour
  1. Anna Baverstock1,
  2. Fiona Finlay2
  1. 1 Paediatrics, Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton, UK
  2. 2 Community Child Health Department, Virgin Care Ltd, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna Baverstock, Paediatrics, Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton TA1 5DA, UK; anna.baverstock{at}

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Vulnerability is needed every time we draw on courage. Brené Brown describes this in her books and talks. Empathy, trust, innovation, creativity, inclusivity, equity, hard conversations, feedback, problem solving and ethical decision making all require courage and therefore vulnerability.

In order to enable this we need a space to reflect. This reflective space must be safe to enable our clinical armour to be lifted for a while. We cannot do this …

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