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Mindfulness Training for the NHS

"I have found completing the course... profound and transformative. I feel better able to handle the day-to-day stress that can arise in my work, my relationships with myself and colleagues have improved, and most importantly I believe that my professional practice has benefited. For example – I feel that I am less at risk of burnout or compassion fatigue and am better able to act compassionately with my patients.”

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 A long-term, low-cost strategy for workplace mental health

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-Social Value Quality Mark Level 3related illnesses.

Our mindfulness workshops and teacher training are a long-term, low cost solution that can help reduce the huge costs of:

  • workplace stress
  • employee turnover
  • stress and illness-related absenteeism.

Perhaps more importantly, our courses can improve levels of:

  • work satisfaction
  • communication
  • 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; 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. (More about the social value report here) 

Those who take part in our courses experience on average: 

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Our programme has shown significant improvements in the self-management of pain, stress, and long-term conditions sustained for years after taking part. (more research into Breathworks courses here).

What We Offer
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We run bespoke programmes to suit your organisational needs at on and off-site locations. These programmes include:

  • ways staff can establish a personal mindfulness and compassion practice of their own
  • ways 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.

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!)"

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course - will be an excellent tool for personal and professional use."

"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 a Breathworks programme could benefit both health professionals and patients alike in your organisation.

Phone  020 3866 0404, or fill in the form below, and we can work with you to create a tailored plan for your workplace. 


Futher Reading


Breathworks Teacher training programme

How Mindfulness Can Benefit Nursing Practice - May 2016 

Breathworks is featured in this article; you can find the full PDF article here, or view it on the Nursing Times website.