Sunday, 8 December 2019

Suzanne Tarrant - Part 2

Season 3 Episode 15

It'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.

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Reconnect in Nature - CIC

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Suzi Tarrant

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Benefits of nature on wellbeing:

A literature review of the wellbeing benefits from natural environments rich in wildlife from The
Wildlife Trusts:

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.

Recommended book:
“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.












Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Reviews for Grief at Work

Hi all - this was a personal episode which has received a tremendous response - thanks to everyone who has taken the time to listen, share and feedback. A selection of your feedback is presented below. 

If you, haven't heard the episode you can listen via this link. I share my experience on what has helped me in my grief - it includes a metaphor, a model and a poem.

Over on LinkedIn - Ben WIlliams - who is founder of Sten10 - experts in people assessment & also the Chair of The Association for Business Psychology






























And on twitter there was a fabulous response - I'm so delighted that people found it to be useful...





























And a review in Finnish from Greta - which (according to google) says 

"Sadness is not a disease and it is not weakness to feel sadness in the workplace. This episode is on the grief process and how to approach and view it. Openness to all feelings is a good thing - thanks Ross - this episode provides us with a lot to think about in the workplace."

Louise - also known as - Act Auntie - also shared a great article from the LA Times about "How not to say the wrong thing"


And over on Instagram - there was some great feedback too!


Thanks again to everyone. I'll finish with a link to The Loss Foundation - who do extraordinary work supporting people who've lost a loved one to cancer.

Thanks for reading and listening.

Ross @ People Soup




Sunday, 1 December 2019

Suzanne Tarrant - Part 1

Season 3 Episode 14

It's the first part of my conversation with Suzanne Tarrant. Suzanne is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of Staff Psychological Wellbeing Service for  Hywel Dda University Health Board in Wales. 

Hear about Suzanne's background and career as well as the establishment of the Staff Psychological Wellbeing Service. Suzanne explains how they've incorporated ACT and the impact of the training. I love Suzanne's interest in what works and what can truly make a difference in the long term. 

Suzanne also shares some fascinating aspects of their approach to the training, including the delivery model, how they encourage attendance and refresh the skills.

We finish part one with a brilliant takeaway on how to take a biophilic approach to your breaks at work - even if they're micro-breaks.

The wonderful photo of Suzanne was taken at a recent Reconnect in Nature event in the woods where she was leading a nature connection session.  The photo was taken by Mike Erskine (one of the founding directors of Reconnect in Nature and a filmmaker).


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You can connect with Suzanne on Twitter and Instagram.

Suzanne's website is here.

You'll hear all about Suzanne's interest in the green health agenda in our next episode. In the meantime - here's a link to Reconnect in Nature.

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.

And - Suzanne's running companion - the lovely Bob.