Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals in Bristol

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Mindfulness Training for Healthcare Professionals

Mindfulness Courses for Healthcare Professionals BristolHealth care practitioners are exposed to an ever-increasing pressure due to strict targets, frequent budget restrictions, lack of time to carry out necessary duties and other stressors. In addition, most healthcare practitioners encounter human suffering on a daily basis and the constant exposure to other people’s pain can accumulate and contribute to psychological and physical exhaustion, eventually leading to burnout, depersonalisation and reduced job satisfaction.

External measures and structural changes are often used to address this issue, for example by training staff members to better manage their time or use new technologies. In many healthcare settings, however, little attention has been given to preventative interventions and giving staff ‘internal tools’, such as the ability to centre oneself and step back from a challenging situation to see it more clearly and respond appropriately. Also, clinical and academic training programmes do not typically include such strategies explicitly; self-care is often presented to the student as an individual responsibility.

A Practical Toolbox for Challenging Work Environments

Mindfulness training allows individuals to learn skills that are invaluable in highly pressurised working environments. Health-care practitioners can gradually change their relationship to challenging situations and, as a result of repeatedly applying mindfulness techniques, develop a toolbox that will enable them to keep their stress levels at bay. Mindfulness training can also help health professionals to be more available and ‘present’ for patients and clients, leading to improved client satisfaction.

Other benefits of mindfulness training:

  • Mindfulness can increase personal and professional health and levels of self-care.
  • Mindfulness can help healthcare workers to think “outside the box” and develop a “beginner’s mind” to solve a clinical problem.
  • Mindfulness can support reflective practice to improve patient care.



Testimonials from a workshop for GP trainees:

– “Got some insight to how mindfulness works”
– “Self care is very important as a GP”
– “I learned how to apply mindfulness to life and work”
– “Helped me to understand how to deal with stressful/emotional work situations and ensuring home life is not impacted”
– “I understood how mindfulness may benefit my patients directly and through myself”
– “Some useful tips on resilience and avoiding burnout very relevant. Nice to try some meditation.”
– “Very good session. Longer session needed :-)”
– “Great presenter”
– “Brilliant”
– “No improvements suggested, very well led”
– “I will now try and practise the principles of Mindfulness in my personal life”
– “I will apply the principles of mindfulness to daily activities and attend mindfulness course”
– “Very interesting session with practical application to reduce risk of burnout”
– “Excellent session. Thanks.”
– “Interesting session. Nice to do something different”
– “This should be actively promoted by the West Midlands Deanery for their GPs and GP trainees”
– “Excellent session, would recommend to have this session again.”