Practical experiences of using critical creativity in research, practice development and personal life!

On this page, you can hear about how individuals in different countries are using critical creativity and its frameworks (;;

First, meet Dr Famke van Lieshout …

Famke is a nurse with a background in Health Promotion.  She is a lecturer in bachelor and master programmes and a member of the Knowledge Centre ‘Implementation and Evaluation of Evidence Based and Person-Centred Practice’, in the Department of Health and Nursing, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.  As a member of the Knowledge Centre, Famke together with stakeholders, takes on the challenge of working in innovative and systematic ways on the development of an evidence-based, person-centred culture in health care and education, through using creative and critical processes and, at the same time, using, testing and generating knowledge. For more information see

Famke completed her PhD journey successfully in 2013 at the Institute of Nursing Research at the University of Ulster in Belfast (UK). Her PhD is a study about the interplay between contextual and facilitator characteristics in facilitating participatory action research in a Dutch clinical setting. This study was innovative as it integrated a mix of creative, cognitive and reflective methods and adds a greater clarity to the existing body of knowledge about how facilitators of PAR can be helped to engage with the complexity of culture in different contexts.

Famke's Haiku

Here is what she thinks about critical creativity.

Now we introduce you to Donna Frost …

Donna is a New Zealand Registered Nurse experienced in both acute and long term care. After five years working in practice development in the Netherlands, she became a Nurse Lecturer at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, in 2008.  She is also registered for her PhD at Queen Margaret University in Scotland and is exploring professional artistry and its development in clinical practice.  With a group of advanced nurse practitioners in the Netherlands, as co-inquirers, they are using a co-operative inquiry approach located in the critical creativity worldview.  In this video, Donna speaks of what critical creativity means to her and how it has, and is, shaping the study and enabling genuine participation of practitioners as co-inquirers.

Next up is Margaret Kelly …

I have over 25 years’ experience as a paediatric nurse in the UK and Australia, with a clinical background in paediatric intensive care. Since being introduced in practice development over 10 years ago, I have been continually enhancing my skills as a facilitator.  My current role is Senior Manager of Paediatric Healthcare in an organization called NSW Kids and Families. The team has responsibility for strategic leadership, policy and direction of services for babies, children and young people in hospitals across NSW.  I am enrolled in a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney and my doctoral work is concerned with facilitation and facilitators. The context I am interested in is practice development within healthcare, in particular creating effective workplace cultures. I am exploring the nature of skilled transformational facilitation and how people become skilled. 

In the video, Margaret explains how she particularly relates to two principles for facilitating the conditions for human flourishing – ‘movement in stillness’ and ‘spiralling through turbulence’ ( These principles are part of the methodological framework of critical creativity. She says that re-reading and re-visiting this framework, over time, is helping her to understand how to use the principles as a transformational practice developer.

Last, but not least, Catherine Schofield  …

My name is Catherine Schofield and I work in Tasmania as the Nursing Director for Mental Health Services and Practice Development. The most satisfying part of my work is organising and developing workshops and educational sessions and then getting to facilitate them and engage with nurses, other health professionals and consumers to explore ways we could do things differently. I work in with practice development tools and in a critically creative way.

In my spare time I explore my own creativity by working with clay and making ceramic mandalas. I like the meditative space that working with clay enables me to enter and also the grounding quality of the medium, the cool soft malleable clay that transforms itself almost before my eyes. Working with clay has been very beneficial for my mental health and enables me to completely switch off from the pressures of work and also to express deeply painful emotional states. Exploring my own creativity has given me a greater understanding of the individual nature of creative expression and the importance of enabling others to create their own pathways for healing and recovery to optimal states of health and wellbeing.


In this video, Catherine shares how she got into creativity through allowing herself to trust her intuition.  She explains how she brings creativity into her work with others around problem-solving and how she help people to overcome their reticence about using creative materials.

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