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Mindfulness Training for the NHS

I feel a lot calmer inside ... I think that I’m now able to support others more effectively because I don’t get drawn into the detail of the stress... I don’t worry too much about things I can’t do anything about.... so I would say I am even more focused now....I’m more productive in the time that I have.”

 Create a workplace where people want to work

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Staff absence costs the NHS £2.4 billion per year - that's £1 for every £40 of the total budget. A huge proportion of illness and absence is caused by stress or stress-related illnesses.

Breathworks' courses have been shown to not only drastically reduce stress and the suffering and interference associated with illness and health conditions, but every £1 invested in a Breathworks Course produces savings of at least £5.76 in reduced costs to employers, reduced costs to public services, and increased contributions at work and in the community. Our programme has shown significant improvements in the self-management of pain, stress, and long-term conditions sustained for years after taking part. (You can read more about the social value report here, and read research into Breathworks courses here).


What We OfferSocial Value Quality Mark Level 3

Alongside our well-established courses for individual Health Professionals, we also run bespoke programmes that can deliver courses tailor made to suit your organisational needs at on and off-site locations. These programmes will include ways staff can establish a personal mindfulness and compassion practice of their own, as well as ways to begin to introduce mindfulness and compassion into their work with patients or clients. Training can be provided across a full pathway from initial practitioner to fully accredited and supervised teacher levels.

Our mindfulness workshops and teacher training are a long-term, low cost solution that can help reduce the huge cost of employee turnover, workplace stress, and stress- and illness- related absenteeism.

Perhaps more importantly, our courses can improve levels of work satisfaction, communication, and the overall quality of life of your staff. There is now a great deal of research demonstrating the extraordinary contribution of mindfulness and compassion interventions for resilience and happiness. 

Your organisation is generating unnecessary stress and losing money every single day. Email us at to discuss taster sessions and training options, and we'll work with you to create a tailored programme for your workplace, led by an experienced and expert mindfulness teacher.

Previous Partners

We have run courses and teacher training on-site with some of the following clients:

  • South Tees NHS Foundation TrustNHS Logo
  • North East London Foundation Trust
  • Preston Pain Management Team
  • The Walton Pain Management Centre, Liverpool
  • Bath Pain Services
  • Royal Glamorgan Hospital

A more detailed list of our clients and partners is available here.



"The event was a great success and all staff found the session extremely useful (and of course relaxing!)"

"Thank you so much for a wonderful day. The afternoons venue was also amazing !! Everyone had a very positive day"

"You were both very welcoming and wish to thank you both for investing a lot of time preparing for the day that was not only memorable but will help us improve our clinical practice and our own wellbeing"


Example Program

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We would love to have the opportunity to discuss how mindfulness could benefit both health professionals and patients alike in your organisation.

Email our office or phone 0161 834 1110, and we can discuss taster sessions, training or workshop options, and work with you to create a tailored plan for your workplace run by an experienced and expert mindfulness teacher. 


Futher Reading


Mindfulness and compassion training for Healthcare professionals

Breathworks Teacher training programme

How Mindfulness Can Benefit Nursing Practice - May 2016 

Breathworks has recently had an article published in the Nursing Times, you can find the full PDF article here, or view it on the Nursing Times website.