MBCT in the workplace

As well as the training and delivery of MBCT within clinical services, The Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness (NCM) offers mindfulness for stress and wellbeing to external organisations as part of workplace wellbeing strategies.

NCM has been running mindfulness sessions and courses for staff working at Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust since 2015. The aim of these projects has been to introduce and evaluate the impact of MBCT on staff wellbeing and stress.

Introductory sessions and MBCT courses have been run at a variety of times and venues across the University and the Trust to make this accessible to as many staff as possible. Approximately 700 staff have consequently attended mindfulness training provided my NCM over the past two years. Impact on measures of stress, depression and wellbeing has been assessed and feedback from staff about their experience of attending the course has been gathered. Examples of these are included below.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust results of staff MBCT groups: Impact on stress, mood and wellbeing

Participants completed measures of stress, depressive symptoms and general wellbeing/quality of life. 

Pre and post MBCT scores
  Before MBCT After MBCT
Stress (PSS) 19 11 (42% reduction)
Depression (PHQ9) 6 3 (50% reduction)
Quality of Life (WHO) 11 17 (35% improvement)

Graph showing data from the table above
Staff attendance is high with group drop-out rates <10%

Research evaluation by the Institute of Mental Health of an initial MBCT group found that 100% of staff completing this would recommend it to colleagues as a helpful way of managing stress, coping with negative thoughts and improving overall self-care.

Written feedback about MBCT attendance includes the following statements:

“I am calmer both in my personal and professional life as a direct result of attending”

“Before the course I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. I didn’t feel ‘alive’, rather I was surviving and worrying all the time about the future. Mindfulness has taught me to be aware, present, accepting of myself and of situations out of my control. I feel like mindfulness is magic and I feel truly alive”

“It has helped me alter the way I approach stress in my personal and professional life………. I feel that I am more productive with my time and ultimately that I have more energy”

“I was aware that my mental health and emotional wellbeing was starting to feel desperate, I was worried about me. Now I’m not”

“It has taught me to be kinder to myself”

Nottingham Trent University staff MBCT Groups: Impact on stress

Participants completed measures of stress before and after MBCT. Pre/post scores are highlighted below.

Pre and post MBCT scores
  Before MBCT After MBCT
Stress (PSS) 23 17 (26% reduction)

Graph showing data from the above table, showing a reduction in the PSS rate after MBCT

In a survey evaluating the impact of MBCT attendance, 95% of staff stated that they believed it had helped them learn to manage stress more effectively.

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