Exploring the impact of a Compassion Focused Therapy training course on Healthcare Educators

Rayner, Gillian orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7293-525X, Beaumont, Elaine and McAndrew, Sue (2021) Exploring the impact of a Compassion Focused Therapy training course on Healthcare Educators. Health Education Journal, 80 (6). pp. 712-723. ISSN 0017-8969

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/00178969211008484


Background: Stress and particularly burnout, is a major problem among healthcare workers and can lead to high staff turnover and low patient/client satisfaction.
Objective: To explore the impact of three-day Compassion Focused Therapy training 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: Mixed methods study, with the qualitative findings being presented in this paper.
Setting: 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 a reflective focus group.
Findings: The analysis highlighted four main themes: reassurance and increased knowledge; increased compassion others; self-compassion and empathy; and blocks to compassion.
Conclusion: Findings add to previous quantitative research findings showing that participants who undertook training were able to engage with their compassionate self and consider the importance of showing compassion towards the self and others in healthcare education.

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