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Emotions Matter – “Riding the Corona-coaster”

12 March 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Resilience and Wellbeing

A series of leadership learning and development sessions for all leadership roles working in Primary Care

It’s become clichéd to say that these are challenging times. Everyone knows that many people are more stressed, anxious, worried, and exhausted than usual. It is entirely reasonable to feel these things, given what’s going on. Experiences will of course vary from person to person and it’s important to acknowledge that teams may be going through a wide range of responses, just as they have been since the start of the pandemic. It is even more important now for leaders to take care of themselves and those around them.

Our resilience and wellbeing sessions are designed to enable individual reflection and exploration of the latest developments in neuroscience, positive psychology and resilience to help leaders enhance their own well-being, feel less pressured and facilitate resilience and well-being in their teams.

Each session is stand alone. The content of each is complimentary and delegates would benefit from attending any or all of the series.

These sessions will be a mix of input, activities, conversations, and reflection. Together we explore how to calm negative emotions and how to learn the scientifically proven tools and techniques which will have long term benefits for wellbeing. There will be opportunities to build personal strategies that can really make a difference to our emotional health. The sessions will provide practical exercises, suggestions and tips for leaders relevant to themselves and their staff.

Sessions 1

We are living through a pandemic that most of us could never have imagined. Many of us are not in the best emotional shape. Emotions matter for health and wellbeing – how we feel influences our bodies, including physical and mental health. Stress and pressure are associated with increased levels of cortisol linked to depression, cardiovascular issues and weight gain. Learning to regulate unpleasant emotions and experience more positive emotions have been shown to have health benefits including greater resilience.

During the session you will:

  • Gain knowledge about Barbara Fredrickson’s research in this area
  • Explore the links between psychological wellbeing and physical wellbeing, productivity, engagement and resilience
  • Undertake an emotional audit
  • Learn how to maximise your positive emotions
  • Apply tools and techniques to boost your emotional wellbeing


Software: Delivered virtually via Zoom

Target audience: All primary care leaders

Facilitator: Rene Barrett

An independent development consultant for 18 years, a fellow of the CIPD, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Previous experience includes – Director of Development at North West Employers, Assistant Director of HR with Salford MBC and Director of Learning for the GMB trade union. Rene is working with clients, both individually and organisationally on building resilience, performance, wellbeing and happiness and now specialise in the area of equipping leaders to focus on building high performing and thriving organisation. She regularly commissions to deliver masterclasses and workshops across the public sector, in health, education, emergency services and local authorities.

Register your place

To obtain a place you will need to register via the links above. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registered, your place is confirmed. There is no fee to attend, by registering you will be signing up to a cancellation charge of £150 for non-attendance unless you notify leadership.SW@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk 10 working days in advance of the event date or your attendance is deputised.

Equality Diversity Inclusion Statement of Commitment

We are committed to creating a learning and working environment which is inclusive of all our participants. The South West Leadership Academy strives to empower under-represented communities.

We aim to eliminate any disadvantage based on age, disability, marriage, civil partnership, race, culture, religion or belief, lack of religion or belief, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity or any other minority characteristics.

If we can make any adjustments to enable you to access and participate in our event, please get in touch with our Inclusion Coordinator Mr Erk Gunce (pronouns: he/him/his). We also welcome any general comments on the inclusivity of our events. We will work with you to address your concerns in a respectful, dignified manner.

Booking: Click here to book your place


Session 2 – “Boost Your Bounce!” (Resilience – what it is and what it isn’t!)

Session 3 – “You Matter” – Self Care and Self Compassion