Continuing to make a positive impact in an uncertain NHS work culture

Please note this event has been cancelled.

The National Health Service (NHS) continues to face the challenges of constant change. Yet another restructuring process is on the table, fiercely contested by many of those who care deeply about the service for which they work.

Constant change causes high levels of stress amongst NHS staff, making it hard to make sense of and manage the internal and external environment. In turn, this results in cultures that can become fractured, mistrustful or depressed. Individuals have no safe haven from which to take stock and re-energize.How can you learn to sail in these stormy seas when the future direction will always be unclear?

In this workshop you will learn to:

Make better sense of your existing work system, through a rich variety of lenses:

  • past, present, future
  • wide and narrow focus
  • power dynamics

Hold yourself steady:

  • make better use of the spaces to think
  • develop your reflective functioning
  • become more conscious of your own motives and goals

Build better team relations: enhance the value of a strong and loyal support network.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Having attended the workshop you will be in a better place to:

  • make informed decisions
  • insulate yourself against the challenges of working with complex and constantly changing systems
  • feel re-­energised because of the added internal resources with which the workshop has provided you

Learning outcomes and objectives 

  • Participants will be better able to make sense of their existing work system including wider focus and power dynamics 
  • Become better at ‘holding steady’ and develop their reflective function 
  • Build better team relations by enhancing the value of a strong and supportive network
  • Develop more of a capacity to insulate oneself against the challenges of working in complex and constantly changing systems
  • Feel re-energised because of the added internal resources with which the workshop had provided participants

Facilitator: Dr Garfield A. Harmon CPsychol AFBPsS

Garfield is a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and an Associate Fellow of the BPS. He has spent 25 years working for the NHS as a Clinical Psychologist, 14 of which was as a Clinical Psychology trainer on the Salomons Doctoral training programme. His post-qualification Doctorate looked at the Supervisor-Supervisee relationship and the issue of power. Towards the end of his NHS career he became increasing interested in how people manage their identity and role within their organisational cultures. Following on from this he engaged in a second training as an organisational consultant at the Tavistock centre in London. Garfield currently works for a small leadership consultancy based in Oxford called The Thinking Partnership.

Wed, 03/04/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Clinical Psychology & BPS Learning Centre