Investigating the use of mindfulness techniques in ward based services and the impact on patients, their families and staff.

We plan to deliver a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) programme to ward staff in an acute hospital supported by providers who will engage both with staff (running a 10-week mindfulness programme) and patients, engaging and developing non-verbal communication through music and the arts.

Evidence from a number of sites has suggested that improving the ability of staff to cope with stress, supporting them to be ‘present in the moment’ can have additional benefits to improving their ability to provide compassionate person-centred care (potentially reversing ‘compassion fatigue’ which has been shown to result in negative patient outcomes). We also aim to improve staff wellbeing through stress reduction and engage with elements relating to situational awareness, to improve awareness of patient needs, risks and potential harms.

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