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Mindfulness SIG: Supporting health and care staff through the pandemic with meditation

Mindfulness practice has been shown to have positive effects on stress and anxiety, but also boosts creativity, empathy and resilience.

3 Sep 2021
12:30 – 13:30


This webinar has three parts:

  • We will start as usual with a led mindfulness practice.
  • Then we will hear from Barbara Doeleman van Veldhoven, Director at BFC Compassionate Care & Mindful Medicine. This organisation started The International Compassion Community for People in Health and Care a Dutch initiative who since the start of the pandemic are offering daily meditation sessions specifically to health and care staff. Having started this in the Netherlands, she is now working with Prof Michael West and others to bring this to the UK. Barbara will talk about their particular focus on healthcare staff, learnings from the past year, and the wish to bring it forward globally.
  • At the end, there will be space to connect with other members of the group and talk about how we implement mindfulness practice into our teams and organisations.

Barbara Doeleman van Veldhoven – bio

Barbara is the founder and director of BFC Compassionate Care and Mindful Medicine. She is a life long learner and became an expert on mindfulness and compassion based interventions and trainings for people and teams in health and care. Barbara committed herself to supporting people in cure and care in cultivating qualities of mindfulness and compassion; on the one hand for more personal balance and resilience and on the other hand to strengthen teamwork and performance. Her heart lies in integrating mindfulness and compassion into (personal) leadership as the basis for healthy and meaningful organizations. Barbara’s background enables her to bridge organizational dynamics, care, contemplative traditions, mindfulness, compassion and scientific applications of mindfulness-based programs.

This Zoom is organised by Q’s Mindfulness for Quality Improvement group. All welcome to join, including non Q community members.