At Ultimate Resilience we are keen to partner with other organisations with the aim of developing and extending the knowledge base around resilience.
One such opportunity has been at Sheffield University where we have been collaborating with clinical psychologists on the D.Clin.Psy. course in developing some doctoral research looking at the impact of resilience training on trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.
High rates of stress and loss of working hours as a result are common in the NHS. In particular mental health professionals are more likely to experience ‘burn-out’ due to a combination of interpersonal stress and complexity of work.
Resilience has been identified as an important protective factor, promoting greater psychological and emotional well-being in the workforce, and showing benefits not only to the individual and their clinical practice, but also to the organisation.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, have been developed to provide psychological therapies to large populations suffering common mental health problems. PWPs are employed to work with high volumes of clients using standardised protocol-based treatments. Research into the effectiveness of this approach shows a relationship between PWP resilience and client outcomes. Clients of PWPs identified as highly resilient tended to show the most reliable and clinically significant change at the end of therapy.
Through our collaboration with Sheffield University we are hoping to build on these findings. The study, titled: Feasibility, Acceptability and Efficacy of a Resilience Training Intervention for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Trainees, explores the impact of resilience training on the PWP trainees’ personal and professional well-being and their ability to adapt to the high levels of pressure and demand involved in their job. It is anticipated that the findings of this research will be published in a peer reviewed journal following completion of the study in 2019.
At Nottingham Trent University final year psychology/joint honours undergraduates are expected to work on a project in collaboration with a range of industry partners to answer psychology-related questions, which will further the application of psychology to the world of work.
At Ultimate Resilience we have taken this interesting opportunity to collaborate with staff and undergraduate students at NTU to draw out answers to specific questions relating to resilience that will help to further our knowledge base and the sharing of resilience ideas.