Research team: 

Dr Judith Johnson
Ruth Simms-Ellis
Dr Tom Mills
Dr Gillian Janes
Dr Abi Albutt
Dr Reema Harrison
Professor Rebecca Lawton

Rationale: Healthcare professionals who are involved in adverse events can experience depression, anxiety, sleep problems and symptoms of trauma; some have even considered leaving their profession. The current project will pilot a training intervention designed to prepare healthcare professionals for these events. Based on an integration of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles with research into the factors which confer resilience to failure, the training involves didactic teaching, case studies and experiential exercises tailored to specific health professional groups.

Overall Plan: Initial development of the workshop materials and pilot workshops took place with trainee health professionals in Australia and the UK in 2017. These led to refinements of the training and evaluation plan. The refined training package will be delivered to groups of both trainee and qualified healthcare professionals in the UK between November 2018 and June 2019.

Results from the pilot study will be used to further refine the training package and inform definitive evaluation of the intervention. Ultimately, it will result in the production of an intervention which can be delivered to healthcare professionals to improve their personal and professional management of adverse events.

Contact for more information: Dr Judith Johnson – j.johnson@leeds.ac.uk