Research team:   

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

Why is this study important?

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.

Study overview:

The study aims to test the effectiveness of an ACT intervention for improving wellbeing and reducing work-related stress in NHS staff. Also, we aim to study whether there is a perceived positive influence on patient safety, in those who received the intervention.

This study employed a randomised-controlled study design. Therefore, participants were assigned to an experimental (receiving the ACT intervention while completing online surveys) or and a control group . The ACT intervention comprised a four weekly group-based session intervention. If 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, determining the processes through which the intervention works, will inform practitioners as to whom and under what circumstances the intervention is most effective, thus promoting optimal treatment decisions.


Randomised Controlled Trial study Registered in the ISRCTN Registry. Reference number: 228214; please click here to view

Acceptance and commitment therapy-based interventions to improve wellbeing and reduce burnout in healthcare professionals: A systematic review and Meta-analysis. Click here for link to PROSPERO.

ACBS World Conference (poster presentation, Dublin, 25-30 June 2019); to view, please click here 

Contact for more information:

Arianna Prudenzi – email: