Updated Resilience Course available for staff via the Blue Light Network

Search and Rescue photoFollowing a successful first year, the National Blue Light programme are offering the redeveloped resilience course again for free.

The courses are just a couple of hours each week and take place over four weeks in November 2016.

On the course, participants learn tools and skills to deal with stress, anxiety, relationship issues, social pressures, and difficult emotions like anger. We know that by finding better ways to cope with these, there’s less danger of them developing into more serious mental health problems. This means people are more able to carry on performing well in their jobs, and to their support colleagues.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Blue Light Network are one of four networks in England offering these tailored resilience courses this year, in partnership with the University of Oxford, as a pilot. Feedback from the first courses held last year has been extremely positive but we need your help to make sure we’ve got the redeveloped course right.

How it works

The four week course is held over a couple of hours each week, and is delivered by Jenny Swain and Jo Fitzpatrick from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Blue Light Network, in partnership with the University of Oxford.  Participants on the course will be a mix of staff from across the emergency services.

Each course will be run in three different ways to measure which approach works best:

  • Just under half of you will attend sessions in person straight away as well as access online information. You’ll be able to share experiences and solutions with each other (this is where you will attend the course for a couple of hours a week over 4 weeks).
  • Just under half of you will have access to expert online information specially devised for emergency services staff and volunteers. Our research so far shows this can be just as effective as receiving the course in person.
  • A smaller group of you will be assigned to a wait group, to receive the sessions in person a little later than the rest of the group. This means your sessions won’t take place in November but a few weeks later. This is so we can compare your wellbeing during this waiting time with when you’ve taken the course.

When you sign up, you’ll be assigned at random to one of these three groups. Please note that the random assignment will be done by the University of Oxford only and that Jenny Swain and Jo Fitzpatrick have no influence over who is assigned to which group. 

The sessions will take place on the following dates and times below:

Venue: Monks Wood Training Centre, PE28 2LR

Dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th November 2016

Times: 1500 – 1700 and 1730 to 1930
(Please note that we have put two sessions on to try and take into account shift patterns).

The next steps

To register your interest for the resilience course, please visit www.mind.org.uk/BlueLightCourse.

Again, please be aware that Jenny Swain and Jo Fitzpatrick have no influence over who will be assigned to the three groups, as this will be undertaken by the University of Oxford.

We look forward to welcoming your staff on to the course.