Season 3 Episode 15It's Part 2 of my conversation with Suzanne Tarrant who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Staff Psychological Wellbeing at the Hywel Dda University Health Board.
We focus on the green health agenda and begin by talking about the culture of taking breaks in the NHS. SPOILER ALERT: breaks are not necessarily seen as a typical part of a day in many NHS roles.
Suzanne has always valued her connection with nature and describes herself as someone who always retreats to the sea when in need of solace.
In her role in Hywel Dda, Suzanne has secured approval from the Executive Board to develop a strategic framework for green health that is truly supportive of health and well-being. They have also established a green health network as well as a green health group at one of their district hospitals, where staff from across the site are developing a courtyard garden with support from community groups.
We also talk about Suzanne's growing involvement with Reconnect in Nature where they are developing a long weekend nature packages - in the first instance, for Doctors. The aim is to provide the opportunity to start to recharge and recover whilst also developing perspectives and tools that can be taken back into the workplace and be woven in to their working lives.
To finish - there is a second takeaway from Suzanne about how we can build our relationship with nature in our own unique way as well as making it a reciprocal connection.
More links to podcast apps here - let us know if you'd like your favourite app or platform added.
Connect with Ross and the Show!
Show NotesReconnect in Nature - CIC
Benefits of nature on wellbeing:
A literature review of the wellbeing benefits from natural environments rich in wildlife from The
Nature and recovery:
Roger S Ulrich study: View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery
in Science 224(4647):420-1 · May 1984
The benefits of microbreaks:
Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 42, June 2015, Pages 182-189
40-second green roof views sustain attention: The role of micro-breaks in attention restoration
Kate E Lee, Kathryn J H Williams, Leisa D Sargent, Nicholas S G Williams, Katherine A Johnson.
“The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative”
By Florence Williams, WW Norton, 2017
And Suzanne's running companion, Bob, as well as some spectacular photos from her trail runs.