Sheffield University

The impact of resilience training on Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

“The trainers are very good – clear and patient and take time to let participants speak for themselves.”

“Has planted the seeds to make me think more positively and inspired me to try and change the way I do things.”

“Fantastic. Have recommended to everyone!”


Mental health practitioners working in the NHS are subject to high levels of stress which can lead to periods of sickness absence and burnout. When coupled with recent research that has shown that practitioners suffering from burnout are less effective in their work with service users, this creates a problem for both those who deliver the services and those who access them.

We’re interested in helping these workers remain resilient at work so that they can protect their wellbeing and service users can get the most out of the assistance they receive.

Together with Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course at Sheffield University, we are currently undertaking research to discern the impact of resilience training on trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs). PWPs are employed in NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services to provide psychological services to clients experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders.


Our current work aims to build on existing research exploring the impact of resilience training on the PWP trainees’ personal and professional wellbeing, and their ability to adapt to the demands of their job.

The study, titled Feasibility, Acceptability and Efficacy of a Resilience Training Intervention for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Trainees, is due to be completed in 2019, when it is anticipated the findings will be published in a peer reviewed journal.