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Mindfulness for the NHS and Healthcare Professionals


 An NHS Trust Commissionar Conducted a comprehensive review of the mindfulness teacher training options in 2015 and concluded that Breathworks was the best Mindfulness is becoming more and more widely recommended as a complementary practice throughout many fields of medicine. Yet, with mounting pressure on the NHS, and burnout rates skyrocketing, it is often those healthcare professionals with a foundation in these techniques of calm, focus, and resilience who stand to gain the most.

The mindfulness and compassion practices which we teach have been shown to drastically improve concentration, calm, resilience to distress, positive interpersonal communication, and work satisfaction. 

That's why Breathworks offers two well-established and successful 3-day mindfulness courses specifically tailored for Healthcare Professionals, run by our most experienced trainers. Our courses also offer detailed guidance on how to use mindfulness with patients as a healthcare intervention, including a thorough review of the content of our signature eight-week Mindfulness for Health course for people with chronic pain, long-term health conditions and associated stress.

Attending both modules also meets the pre-requisite for training as a Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher if you should ever wish to apply in the future. The modules can be attended in either order. 

 


 Scheduled Courses in Manchester and London


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Introduction to Mindfulness as a Healthcare Intervention

Dates and Location in 2018:

  • Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st February, in Manchester, led Steve Johnson and Cate Clark
  • Wednesday 6th June - Friday 8th June, in London, led by Steve Johnson and Steve Smith
  • Monday 17th  - Wednesday 19th September, in Manchester, led by Steve Smith and Steve Johnson.

Over the three days of the workshop you will be introduced to:

  • The theory of mindfulness: what it is, definitions, historical context, applications in health-care, the Breathworks approach
  • The theory of: Primary and secondary suffering, the place of acceptance, doing and being modes, the importance of the body as a foundation for mindfulness, brain plasticity
  • The practice of mindfulness: body scan meditation, breathing anchor meditation, 3 minute breathing space, gentle mindful movement
  • Ways you can establish a personal mindfulness practice of your own
  • Ways you can begin to introduce mindfulness into your work with patients or clients*

* Please note that mindfulness is not a theory but a practice, and in order to effectively teach it to others you need to have a firm foundation of practice yourself. For this reason we will be specific about which aspects of mindfulness you may start passing onto patients, though be assured that you will learn some techniques that will be immediately applicable in your work.

Those interested primarily for personal reasons are also very welcome.

Fees per module:

Manchester rates:

  • Organisation  £560 (incl VAT)
  • Individual  £450 (incl VAT)

London rates:

  • Organisation  £625 (incl VAT)
  • Individual  £495 (incl VAT)



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Main themes:

  • Introduction to mindfulness
  • Mindfulness and the body
  • Mindfulness and the breath
  • Mindfulness and thoughts and emotions
  • Mindful Movement

Practices:

  • Three diaphragm breath inquiry
  • Body Scan
  • Breathing Anchor
  • Three minute breathing space
  • Mindful movement

Theory:

  • Experiencing life as fluid not static
  • Primary and Secondary suffering
  • Doing and Being modes
  • Blocking and Drowning
  • Coming to your Senses
  • The place of acceptance

 Introduction to Mindful Compassion as a Healthcare Intervention 

Dates and Location

  • Monday 9 -  Wednesday 11 April, 2018, London, led by MJ Stephens and Isobel Dixon
  • Sunday 10th - Tuesday 12th June, Manchester, led by Cate Clark and Steve Smith
  • Monday 12th - Wednesday 12th November, Manchester, led by Cate Clark and MJ Stephens

Over the three days of the workshop you will be introduced to:

  • The theory of mindful compassion: what it is, definitions, historical context, applications in health-care, the Breathworks approach, importance of compassion for self and others 
  • The science of mindful compassion: Three major emotion regulation systems, brain plasticity, importance of oxytocin and vagal tone, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, overcoming the negativity bias, positivity resonance
  • The practice of mindful compassion: compassionate breath, compassionate acceptance, treasure of pleasure, open heart, connection, activity management and pacing
  • Ways you can establish a personal mindful compassion practice of your own
  • Ways you can begin to introduce mindful compassion into your work with patients or clients*

* Please note that mindful compassion is not a theory but a practice, and in order to effectively teach it to others you need to have a firm foundation of practice yourself. For this reason we will be specific about which aspects of mindful compassion you may start passing onto patients, though be assured that you will learn some techniques that will be immediately applicable in your work.

Those interested primarily for personal reasons are also very welcome.

Fees per module:

Manchester rates:


  • Organisation  £560 (incl VAT)
  • Individual  £450 (incl VAT)

London rates:

  • Organisation  £625 (incl VAT)
  • Individual  £495 (incl VAT)



register booking

 Main themes:

  • Introduction to compassion
  • The importance of the breath in cultivating compassion
  • Compassion in the face of suffering
  • Compassion for self and others
  • The importance of connection
  • Pacing and activity management

Practices:

  • Three diaphragm compassionate breath inquiry
  • Compassionate Acceptance
  • Treasure of Pleasure
  • Open Heart
  • Connection
  • Three minute kindness space

Theory:

  • Focused Awareness and Broad Awareness
  • Experiencing life as fluid not static
  • Overcoming the negativity bias
  • The science of compassion
  • The three major emotion regulation systems
  • The place of oxytocin and vagal tone
  • How to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system

Bespoke on/off-site Mindfulness Training and Teacher Training 

In addition to our scheduled events above we also offer bespoke on/off-site mindfulness training and teacher training to the NHS, which have already been successfully delivered to clients including: 

• South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
• Preston Pain Management Team
• Department of Health North West
• North West NHS
• Liverpool Pain Management Unit (The Walton Centre)
• Bath Pain Management Unit
• North East London Foundation Trust

If you are interested in bespoke on/off-site mindfulness courses or training for the NHS or private health, please click here for more information or contact us on 0161 834 1110 and info@breathworks.co.uk


Research

Research studies on the Breathworks programme have shown significant improvements in the self-management of pain and LTCs sustained for years after taking part in the programme - Long 2016 and Doran 2014.  Mindfulness is increasingly being seen as an important non-pharmacological option for pain relief, that can work either as an alternative or a supplement to medication as outlined in this article in the Journal of the American Medical Assocaition.

How Mindfulness Can Benefit Nursing Practice - May 2016

In 2016 Breathworks had an article published in the Nursing Times, you can view the full PDF article here or visit the Nursing Times website here.

Good Practice Guidelines and the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers

Our training organisation is a founding member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations. Our teachers and trainers adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and Trainers, that have become the industry standard for the highest level of good practice. Breathworks' founder Vidyamala Burch gave the keynote address at the health enquiry session of the APPG Mindful Nation UK Report launched in October 2015, Breathworks is featured on the Mindfulness Initiative Website as a recommended training organisation.

Testimonials

Social Value Quality Mark Level 3"Karen's love for teaching shone through. She was patient and understanding with all of us. As a healthcare professional working in the NHS I had started to lose my compassion for others around me as well as myself, and the 3 days have helped me see that, and during the past month I have noticed a difference in the way I respond to myself and others."

"Very well presented and very calm."

"Very good balance of practice and discussion"

"Excellent trainers"

"Engaging and knowledgeble facillitators"

 

  • On 15th April 2016, Breathworks founder Vidyamala delivered a one day event for a group of physiotherapists at PhysioFirst, you can see their feedback here: Physiofirst_Testimonial.pdf 81.6KB
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