Managing Professional Stress and Having a Life

LocationCavendish, Central London
FacultyScience and Technology

It is increasingly recognised that junior doctors are likely to experience some degree of stress and emotional challenge in their early careers. This course will explain and put into context the neurobiological processes that underpin stress and recovery from emotional overload, and how to develop personal resilience and flourish as a doctor.

Participants will be able to identify their stressors and learn evidence-based strategies and skills to help them manage their professional development and lifestyles. The course promotes a lifelong approach to positive mental health and wellbeing.

Participants will have access to evidence-based audio learning materials that form part of an RCGP-accredited course called Positive Mental Training.

Why you should attend

  • to learn specific techniques to better manage stress at home and at work
  • gain access to an evidence-based audio programme for personal use
  • learn to apply skills developed for Olympic sports training to your everyday life
  • increase your knowledge and understanding of the neurobiology of emotion

The course is based in the Westminster Centre for Resilience at University of Westminster in central London. The University has over a century’s experience of educating for professional life.

The course tutors have extensive specialist knowledge of frontline medical practice, facilitating resilience and improving emotional wellbeing.

Duration Day and time Price Enquire
3-hour workshop flexible, 2–5pm £75 Enquire now

Course content

A stimulating, fun and creative half day workshop delivered by the specialist Westminster Centre for Resilience, whose course tutors are experts and have GP and primary care experience.

The workshop will:

  • develop practical everyday skills that will allow you to manage your stress and enjoy your FY1 year
  • consider the everyday, normal stresses of working as a new doctor on the NHS frontline
  • introduce the use of Positive Mental Training, an evidence-based audio programme
  • include brief presentations, discussions, practical skills workshops, personal reflection and experiential learning
  • help you learn about improving self-care, self-compassion and personal resilience
  • explore an emerging neurobiological paradigm of emotions, stress, resilience, empathy and communication

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • identify the neurobiological mechanisms that trigger emotional distress and emotional resilience
  • understand how these mechanisms impact on each individual
  • set reasonable and achievable personal goals to help you better balance life and work stressors

Professor David Peters trained as a GP, as well as in osteopathic and musculoskeletal medicine. His medical work has been enriched by my exploration of psychotherapy, yoga and meditation. His research and development work is into non-pharmaceutical treatments in NHS settings, self-care in long-term conditions, and the psycho-physiology of resilience and recovery.

Professor George Lewith is a qualified physician and GP and has conducted research within primary care and complementary medicine for the last 35 years and now works as a research professor in primary care at the University of Southampton. He has been teaching undergraduates and postgraduates and mentoring students and researchers for the last 40 years.

Alastair Dobbin worked as a GP, and is an honorary fellow of the School of Clinical Sciences at Edinburgh University. He has carried out research into mental skills and resilience development with Edinburgh, Imperial College, Kings College and McGill University. He developed a programme, Positive Mental Training, for this purpose and evaluated it with Edinburgh University. He has been running workshops for medics at all stages of their careers, and is passionate that doctors should have the knowledge and skills for developing good mental health, both for their patients and themselves. He is a director of the Foundation for Positive Mental Health.

Sheila Ross (MSc) is a psychotherapist and health promotion specialist and collaborated with Alastair Dobbin in developing Positive Mental Training. She is an experienced educator and facilitator, having worked with undergraduates, professionals and community groups. She was the principal clinician in an RCT comparing hypnotherapy and biofeedback for the treatment of IBS, a co-researcher on a number of studies on promoting wellbeing and is just finishing her PhD in Health Psychology at Edinburgh University, researching into the effectiveness of using Positive Mental Training to promote positive mental health in the workplace in healthy volunteers, to protect against stress.