Exploring the impact of a compassion-focused therapy training course on healthcare educators

Raynor, G, Beaumont, EA ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8259-5858, McAndrew, SL ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4681-3261 and Irons, C 2021, 'Exploring the impact of a compassion-focused therapy training course on healthcare educators' , Health Education Journal, 80 (6) , pp. 712-723.

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Background: Stress, and particularly burnout, is a contemporary issue among healthcare workers and can lead to high staff turnover and low patient/client satisfaction. Objective: To explore the impact of a three-day Compassion Focused Therapy training course on those delivering education to healthcare students. The underpinning premise was that the training course could potentially be replicated through the participants work with students embarking on a career within the helping professions. Design: This was a mixed methods study, the qualitative findings being presented in this paper. Setting: The training course was delivered in one higher education institution in England. Methods: In total 44 healthcare lecturers attended the course, with 6 taking part in the focus group. Findings: Qualitative findings identified four themes: Reassurance and increased knowledge; Increased compassion towards self and others and Blocks to compassion. Conclusion: Findings from the focus group enhanced the previous quantitative research findings. The evidence generated demonstrated that participants who undertook the training were able to re-engage with their compassionate self and consider the importance of showing compassion towards self and others in healthcare education.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Health Education Journal
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0017-8969
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Depositing User: Dr Elaine Beaumont
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2021 15:17
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:34
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/59912

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