An exploration of subjective wellbeing and resilience of non-frontline NHS employees following resilience training.

Celia Mason, Katherine Swainston

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterpeer-review


Objective – This study aimed to investigate the subjective wellbeing and resilience of NHS employees, working in a pharmacy department, after attending resilience training.
Design – An explanatory sequential, mixed methods approach was utilised. Measures used were the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ) and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC). Interviews were conducted according to a semi-structured interview schedule.
Methods: Fifteen participants attended NHS led resilience training, completing measures at three time points of pre, post and six weeks post training. Four participants attended an interview six weeks post training.
Results – Repeated measures ANOVA analysis found significant differences between pre- and post-intervention OHQ scores. Qualitative analysis elicited four themes: implementation of training, support, teamwork, and personal growth. Participants spoke of feeling connected to their team during training, with shared experiences of stressors improving morale; Support from the wider team was described as an essential aspect of wellbeing at work. A breathing technique taught during training was reported to be useful when managing pressure. Positive changes in acknowledging stressors alongside increased understanding of the meaning of resilience were reported.
Conclusions: Findings showed a short term, moderate effect on subjective wellbeing and resilience scores, with increased knowledge of personal resilience and ability to recognise levels of stress. This suggests greater attention to building resilience in non-frontline NHS employees warrants further investigation, even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Mar 2021
EventDivision of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2021 -
Duration: 29 Jun 202130 Jun 2021


ConferenceDivision of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2021


Dive into the research topics of 'An exploration of subjective wellbeing and resilience of non-frontline NHS employees following resilience training.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this