Partners' News: Nurses take part in ground breaking research

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Partners' News: Nurses take part in ground breaking research

A Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire health trust is working with a top psychiatrist and author, who usually works with elite athletes, to carry out ground breaking research.

Community nurses from across Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) are taking part in a first of its kind research study which focuses on staff and their wellbeing.

So far 197 community nurses have signed up for the research being carried out with Professor Steve Peters, who is author of The Chimp Paradox, which looks at mind management.

The research will look at the nurses’ wellbeing, ensuring they keep fit and healthy.

Dr Nav Ahluwalia, Executive Medical Director and Director of Research, said: “NHS staff are sometimes affected by occupational burnout and the consequences of this are wide ranging, it can affect individuals, colleagues, families and patients.

“We want to ensure this doesn’t happen to our staff, and ensure they look after themselves. That’s what this research is all about.”

The staff who have volunteered to take part in the research will receive eight mind management sessions and receive a free copy of The Chimp Paradox, as well as meeting the author.

Professor Steve Peters said: “It’s a privilege to help any person to get the best out of themselves. However, this venture is very special to me because I have the opportunity to engage with front line staff in the NHS. I am grateful to the participants and to all those who have made this possible.”

Nav added: “This is really exciting research – a first for the Chimp Team and for RDaSH and we can’t wait to see what the results are. We want to thank our staff for volunteering to take part and hope the results will also help other staff keep fit and well.”


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