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Thriving when work is tough: In covid and non-covid times

22 January 2021 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
This webinar is free to attend and open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information
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This webinar will introduce and describe some related psychological concepts which are relevant to frontline healthcare staff and their capacity to thrive at work. It is for health care workers and their leadership/managers.

The psychological concepts are:

  • compassion fatigue
  • secondary traumatic stress
  • traumatic stress
  • burnout

We will introduce these for non-psychologists and psychologists alike: describing signs and symptoms, illustrating with case studies, and exploring individual and organisational factors that can help support health care workers to thrive. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Be able to recognise work-related compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, burnout and traumatic stress and their overlapping characteristics 
  • Understand some of the factors that contribute to the development of these experiences Have explored supportive individual strategies such as self-care, self- acceptance and self-compassion 
  • Have explored supportive organisational strategies such as peer to peer support, team support and compassionate leadership Have explored the benefits of thriving at work

Speakers - 

All three presenters serve on the BPS Crisis Disaster and Trauma section committee.

Kate Upton and Nerea Jimenez del Nogal are the main speakers, with Kay Bridger acting as facilitator, monitoring the chat. 

Kate Upton is a Registered Adult Nurse and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently an Independent Nursing/Medical Tutor and medical writer. Having completed and published a study investigating compassion fatigue and self-compassion in acute care nurses for her Masters in Health Research (MRes), Kate has continued her interest in the well-being of health care professionals and has recently submitted a proposal for a Doctoral study at The University of Birmingham that focuses on understanding the interventions and strategies that best promote the health and wellbeing of newly qualified, early career nurses and their ability to thrive at work. 

Prior to this, Kate was a lecturer for 13 years in The School of Nursing at The University of Birmingham. Kate has had a number of academic and comment articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She is also a member of the Nursing Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing.

Nerea Jimenez del Nogal is a Practitioner Psychologist (Health, Counselling and Clinical Psychologist) trained and qualified in Spain and also a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist trained and qualified in the UK with over 10 years of professional experience. Nerea currently works in the NHS, in a community recovery service for adults focus on complex and endurance mental health issues (PD, Psychosis, PTSD, Major depression and anxiety among others).

Nerea’s areas of professional expertise include Youth Custody Services (creation and set up a Family therapy Service), CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Services (assessment, diagnosis and treatment: CBT and FT), Eating Disorders, Gender Identity Service, CAMHS inpatient/outpatient, Adult Psychotherapy, Integrated Psychological Therapies, Chronic Illness, Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse, Gender Equality, Immigration and sociocultural integration.

Nerea is also a member of the following professional bodies in the UK: HCPC, AFT and UKCP. 

Kay Bridger is a Doctoral Student whose thesis focuses on psychological responses to traumatic physical injury. Her past research interests include work related secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion fatigue in foster carers.

Kay became a BPS graduate member in 2018, following an MSc conversion in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Since then Kay has been working as a Research Assistant in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, researching a vocational rehabilitation intervention for people who have experienced traumatic physical injury. She is in the second year of her PhD at Nottingham Trent University, jointly funded by the ARC East Midlands (Applied Research Collaboration) and Nottingham Trent University. The PhD considers the psychological constructs which impact return to work following traumatic injury, contributing to improved integration of psychological needs in healthcare and to trauma-informed care.



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