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Royal Liverpool University Hospital Case Study

Breathworks ran a 6-week Mindfulness in the Workplace course for a group of 20 junior doctors at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. 

The busy medics took two hours every week after their shifts to participate in the course, which was designed to equip them with mindfulness-based resilience mechanisms against stress.

Feedback from doctors included reporting that the course "encouraged me to take time out of the day and check in with my own sense of wellbeing", "reduced anxiety", and "increased kindness to self and others". Another reported "relaxing techniques at home have really helped me switch off and sleep".

The doctors reported that after the course they found it easier to "prioritise jobs" and "concentrate better". They also found that they were "more understanding of difficult patients," "more mindful of what they are going through," and "more compassionate".

Furthermore, 100% of participants said they would recommend the course to other junior doctors.

The results from this study were published in the journal ‘BMC Pilot and Feasibility studies’, and presented on a poster at the International Conference on Mindfulness 2018 in Amsterdam by Dr. Chris Bu. The work also passed through the British Medical Association Junior Doctor Conference as an 'A' motion, meaning there is now a resolution to make similar programmes into BMA Policy.


"Working with Breathworks has been invaluable in improving the wellbeing of junior doctors at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
From the day we started working together, the team at Breathworks showed themselves to be approachable, personable, and highly efficient.
We would highly recommend them as a mindfulness provider in all regards."

     - Dr. Chris Bu, Royal Liverpool Hospital


Significant reductions in stress

100% of participants would recommend the course

Improvements in overall wellbeing and working relationships

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"I felt like the training improved my emotional intelligence immediately and will have a positive impact on my work and personal life in the short- and long-term. It is definitely worth the investment in time."

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"I feel a lot calmer inside. I’m now able to support others more effectively because I don’t get drawn into the detail of the stress; I’m more productive in the time that I have."

    —Manager, Department of Health, Whitehall

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"We had a very enjoyable and worthwhile 2 days. We felt that it was important to have someone like Steve with a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of different roles in life to be able to deal effectively with a group of questioning, seasoned professionals."

   —Joanne Regan, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

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