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Resilience relates to the ability to recover and bounce back from adversity and hardship. Resilient individuals demonstrate great flexibility, high energy levels, first rate mental agility and consequently can consistently perform at their highest level. They have strong relationships and robust support networks that help them to amplify their productivity and results.

Resilience factors can be boosted or enhanced and are regarded as protective against compassion fatigue. Following the publication of the Francis report in 2013 a call for action was issued to tackle the burnout associated with the constant emotional labour of caring and to support staff who choose to give their working lives to helping others.

Our exciting new training packages draw on the learning from our intensive Health Education England commissioned work on Resilience and provide unique opportunities for health visitors, managers and other practitioners from our partner organisations to benefit from recognising and fostering resilience within the workforce and in the workplace.


Why is Developing Resilience important in Health Visiting?

Health visitors make a huge contribution to improving the lives of children, families and future generations through their early intervention work and they function in consistently challenging and evolving work environments. Health visitors are regularly exposed to the anxiety and stress of the vulnerable families they support, engaging in work which commands a high degree of ‘emotional labour’. Following the end of the National Health Visiting Plan (across England) there are accumulated risks brought about by the recent surge in newly qualified practitioners in the workforce. The NHS Staff Survey (2014) highlighted that 41% of health visitors had felt unwell in the previous 12 months as a result of work-related stress. This is a concern for the profession in relation to the emotional welfare of its workforce and also in its significance for client care, as the National Nursing Research Unit (2013) found a clear correlation between staff wellbeing and patient care.

The background to the Developing Resilience training

The iHV was commissioned by Health Education England to develop a National Framework for Developing Resilience in Health Visiting Practice (iHV, 2015).



Developing Resilience options


Developing Resilience Supervision programme

Aim of the Developing Resilience Supervision programme: This is a development programme which aims to identify and embed resilience-building habits and practices over an extended period of time. This is achieved through ongoing one-to-one and action learning support for greater effectiveness. Following the programme, the participant is subsequently equipped to provide ongoing support to others

Approx. 6 -9 months
Practitioners suited to an ongoing restorative supervision role

Developing Resilience Awareness training

This one day awareness programme is designed to explore factors that impact and influence practitioners’ resilience at both organisational and individual levels.

1 Day
Practitioners of all levels

Developing Resilience Masterclass

This one day awareness programme is designed to explore factors that impact and influence practitioners’ resilience at both organisational and individual levels.

1 Day (with optional follow up)
Practitioners of all levels