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The NHS people promise has identified that building more compassionate and inclusive cultures in 2021/22 is a key action to support NHS line managers and leaders. 

Why is self-compassion in the NHS important? It’s because Self-Compassion is the act of “treating ourselves as we would a good friend if they were struggling in some way.” When you increase self-compassion you

  • Improve mental wellbeing
  • Decreased stress and burnout
  • Improved self-care
  • Improved emotional resilience

This interactive programme has been designed to significantly improve leaders’ health, wellbeing, and resilience as they negotiate a constantly shifting operating environment, resource priorities and a high level of pandemic-related uncertainty. The programme will enable you to be turn self-compassion into a positive behaviour at home and work.

What does the programme look like?
  • Time Commitment: 4 Week Programme accessed online at users discretion
  • This intervention is suitable for all members of staff within our membership organisations.

Over four weeks, you’ll digitally access a weekly 40-50 minute self-guided webinar that allows you access at any time to suit you. You’ll have a key task, daily reflective diary and action plan as well as access to podcasts to turn your learning into practice.

Sessions cover the following:
  • Week One – Introduction to the ‘Public Sector Self-Compassion at Work’ Programme and Background to Self-Compassion
  • Week Two – Introduction to Self-Kindness
  • Week Three – Introduction to Common Humanity and Mindfulness
  • Week Four– Introduction to Developing and Maintaining your Self-Compassion Practice
How to Access

If you would like to access the Public Sector Self-Compassion at Work Programme, contact the NHS North West Leadership Academy’s Health and Wellbeing team at

"I have completed the 4 weeks’ worth of materials and found the webinars and practices really inspiring and helpful. I have struggled with an anxiety disorder for several years now and have felt that I had made improvements but was still lacking some components to help me manage my condition. I feel that the way I responded to my anxiety and indeed myself was very critical and negative and this was making the suffering worse and impacting me in every aspect of my life.

Whilst I am still struggling with being kinder to myself, I have learnt many useful techniques from your programme and am starting to notice things like my negativity towards myself and comparisons with others, and I use the positive self-talk to lessen my suffering as well as other techniques such as gratitude and has made a huge difference and started me on the journey towards a more content and happier self which I know will make me a better professional too."

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