How can we build resilience and focus on the positives?

2nd March 2021


This is the second webinar in our wellbeing week and there will be a range of experts discussing their experiences and understanding of stress and resilience.

Working in healthcare is not easy. It has a physical and mental strain on our health that often we don’t recognise until we’re at breaking point. We want to appreciate ways that help us recognise the difficulties ourselves and others face so we can develop techniques to manage them and build resilience against burnout.

We will hear from a range of experts discuss some of their personal experiences as well as discussing key themes such as:

  • Burnout, stress and their impact on performance
  • Professional challenges and building resilience
  • Introspection, mindfulness, self-awareness and reflection


Miss Sesi Hotonu - Chair

Paediatric Surgery Registrar (NHS Education Scotland). Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow (RCS(Ed)/ NHS Grampian) 2020-2021

Miss  Poonam Bagga

Poonam Bagga is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS trust, she has a keen interest in medical and patient education.

Poonam has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with the Centre for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts. She is a fully qualified coach and holds a postgraduate certificate in medical education. She has worked as an Associate Director and then Director of Clinical Studies for Hull York Medical School for more than a decade.

Poonam has held other educational and leadership roles and currently chairs a culture change programme in NLAG trust.

Dr Mark Stacey

Consultant anaesthetist and Associate Dean New Initiatives HEIW

Mark is a consultant anaesthetist specialising in difficult airways and Obstetric anaesthesia in Wales. He has undertaken research into skills training and performance under pressure, exploring how behaviours of elite athletes and human factors and skills in sports psychology can be applied in the clinical environment. With colleagues Elaine Russ and Andy McCann, he has developed the “Baker’s Dozen of Mental Toughness” which provides a visual summary and tool kit for stress management. He also developed the MedTRiM course, a peer delivered interactive course for medical staff and clinical leaders who are at risk of experiencing the effects of trauma and exposure to stress within a medical work setting.

Mr Kevin Turner

Kevin is a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Bournemouth and is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University. He trained in Urology in Oxford, Edinburgh and Melbourne. His clinical interests are in urological cancer, particularly resectional surgery for pelvic cancer and robotic / minimally invasive surgery. In 2015 he co-founded the Bournemouth Adverse Events Research Team with colleagues in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University. The aim of the team is to generate original research data concerning the impact of adverse events on surgeons and to develop and trial novel interventions designed to ameliorate that impact.

Dr Nathan Smith

Nathan is a Research Fellow in Psychology, Security and Trust. His research is primarily focused on human behaviour, performance and health under conditions of extreme stress. He has worked with many different extreme environment populations including expeditioners in desert, polar and mountain environments, Antarctic scientists, space simulation participants, elite military personnel and extreme medics. He has collaborated on projects with colleagues at the European Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). He has contributed to and delivered a wide range of national and international psychology and extreme medicine teaching programmes including Msc programmes in Imperial University and King’s College London. He is also the founder of In Extremis, the first online school for psychology in extreme environments.


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