Research team:   

PhD student Arianna Prudenzi
Dr Christopher Graham
Professor Daryl O’Connor

Rationale: Poor wellbeing and burnout continue to represent major issues in the NHS. Research shows that poor wellbeing and burnout are associated with patient safety. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that has been found promising in improving wellbeing in various UK workplace settings. To our knowledge, no studies have tested the effectiveness of ACT for improving both wellbeing and safe practice in NHS staff.

Overall Plan: The two arm randomised controlled study aims to test whether an ACT intervention enhances wellbeing and improves perceived safe practices of NHS staff when compared to a waitlist control. The ACT intervention comprised a four weekly group-based session intervention.

If as hypothesised, the ACT intervention is effective, the NHS will be alerted to a novel and inexpensive theory-based intervention that has the potential to improve wellbeing of NHS staff. Moreover, elucidating the mediators of this intervention will inform practitioners as to whom and under what circumstances the intervention is most effective, thus promoting optimal treatment decisions.

NHS Research Ethics Administrator (21/09/2017, 18/HRA/0200)School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee (22/07/2017, 17-0212)Study Registered in the ISRCTN Registry. Reference number: 228214

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