The pressure on anyone who works in the NHS is unrelenting. Surveys show that many GPs feel they are burning out. Since there is no immediate prospect of the present demands letting up, what can we do to improve our resilience? This six-hour workshop will explore resilience from several angles and demonstrate a biofeedback based approach to improving it. Participants will be able to experience the use of the latest biofeedback technology for monitoring heart rate variability which is known to be a robust measure of physiological wellbeing.

The course will demonstrate methods to help participants

  • Build resilience
  • Think more clearly under pressure
  • Improve relationships
  • Boost capacity for peak performance
  • Feel a greater sense of wellbeing
  • Recover more rapidly from stress
  • Stay centred amid everyday chaos
  • Maintain more clarity during conflict


  • Evolution of the triune human brain
  • The affiliation, drive and threat circuits. Are we wired for empathy?
  • New ideas about the autonomic nervous system
    • Stress responses: engagement comes before flight, fight or freeze.
    • Heart-brain connection: why so much vagal afferent traffic?
    • Why empathy fails when sympathetic ANS drive is high
    • Human social engagement system: why it needs parasympathetic input
  • Mapping and navigating our emotional landscape
  • How heart rate variability biofeedback enhances autonomic regulation

Learning aims

  1. Better informed about recent advances in mind-body science
  2. Understand their significance for medicine
  3. Know why mind-body regulation is useful in clinical practice
  4. Experience a mind-body state that can improve communication and recovery
  5. Be aware of how positive emotion supports resilience better practice

Learning outcomes

  1. Map some relevant ways of boosting personal resilience
  2. Tap into mind-body self-regulation processes
  3. Make use of mind-body tools to improve communication and recovery
  4. Respond more effectively to personal and organisational stressors

Book now (early bird ticket £50)

Contact: [email protected], Justin Haroun

Some useful references

Pulse burnout survey and related articles

Kok, B, Coffey, K, Cohen, M, et al. How positive emotions build physical health: Perceived social connections account for the upward spiral between positive emotions and vagal tone. Psychological Science. 2013; 24(7) 1123 –1132

Wheat AL, Larkin KT. Biofeedback of Heart Rate Variability and Related Physiology: A Critical Review. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback DOI 10.1007/s10484-010-9133-y

Lemaire JB, Wallace JE, Lewin AM, de Grood J. The effect of a biofeedback-based stress management tool on physician stress: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Open Med. 2011;5(4):e154-63. Epub 2011 Oct 4.