“There’s an inherent irony or paradox that here is a sector that’s charged with promoting the health and wellbeing of the population but is damaging the health and wellbeing of staff in the process,”
-Michael West (Head of Thought Leadership, The King’s Fund)
Healthcare professionals are well accustomed to giving care often at the expense of their own health and personal life. We work long and odd hours often under unrelenting pressure. It can be difficult to strike a work life balance in this current climate.
Dr Reena believes that ‘Healthcare Starts With Self Care’.
Having experienced the positive mental and physical effects of mindfulness meditation and positive psychology practice first hand she developed ‘Mindful Medics’, a programme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals.
I am grateful to Reena and the NHS for affording me the opportunity to attend this course, it has been informative and enjoyable. The topics discussed have motivated me to think differently about personal and professional challenges. I have practiced the tasks shown to me and can honestly say they have helped lift my mood and change my outlook, making me start to enjoy life again… this is a new way of thinking and I would urge all health professionals to give it a try… If this course is available to other colleagues, I feel it would have a huge benefit on their health and wellbeing, and potentially reduce sickness levels. This would then impact positively on the NHS as a whole
(NHS Staff member, Mindful Medics Programme Participant)
The mindfulness and resilience workshop that Reena delivered for us was engaging, interactive and practical. Reena’s pace and style of delivery was pitched just right for our audience. Feedback from staff highlighted that they felt they had been introduced to new tools and techniques which can be applied in their personal and professional lives. An excellent workshop that we are now rolling out across the business.
Reena is an inspirational doctor who uses her own story to connect with others. Having had experience of working in the NHS she is able to understand the specific needs of healthcare professionals and the unique challenges they face with regards to looking after their own health and wellbeing. The tools and techniques embedded in the Mindful Medics Programme are positively transformative for the care provider and his/her patient’s.
Dr. Reena Kotecha is one of the world's most highly accomplished and deeply impactful teachers of science-based mindfulness and wellbeing. I have personally seen how her work transforms individuals, teams and organizations by enabling people to overcome obstacles and be their best. Reena offers practical, immediately applicable tools that develop and sustain the skills of mindfulness, resilience and wellbeing in work and life. Her intelligence, charisma and wisdom are of great benefit and lasting value those who have the opportunity to work with her.
We had Reena come in as part of Mental Health Awareness Week to speak about Mindfulness and Resilience. Everyone who attended the session had positive feedback. We are a Gaming company and so the fact that Reena is a medic and looked at it from a neuroscience perspective went down well with our employees. I would highly recommend Reena. The presentation was engaging with a good mixture of slides and activities to get people involved. We will certainly be asking Reena to come back in the future to do another session for those that missed it.
As part of the Trust’s approach to improving the mental wellbeing of our staff Dr Reena Kotecha ran an oversubscribed, highly interactive 8-week mindfulness course which provided practical tools and techniques to improve stress management and increase engagement and performance on a personal level. Reena’s approach is very engaging and supportive and she brought with her a wealth of knowledge in this field.