HEE-SW Faculty Development Webinar: Resilience Masterclass for Trainees - FULL

Category: Training - ST1-3

Date: August 19th 2021 2:00pm until 3:00pm

Location: Zoom


HEE-SW Webinar Series: Resilience Masterclasses for Trainees 2021  

Dates: 19th August

Time: 2:00-3:00pm 

Delivered over Zoom 


An innovative approach to building staff resilience and in turn organisational resilience – any team, organisation or community can only be as resilient as the people within it.  

To book your place, please email FacultyDevelopment.SW@hee.nhs.uk with you name, Trust, Specialty, GMC number, and the name of the course and date you wish to book.


What is resilience?

The ability, in the face of difficulty, to retain flexible cognitive, behavioural and emotional responses Neenan and Dryden 2002.

In addition, it is the ability to mitigate the effects of excessive pressure & stress, bounce back, roll with the punches and deal with challenging situations in a positive and creative way. Resilient people turn challenge into opportunity and have the ability to be able to continually function physically, emotionally and psychologically to a very high standard. They are prepared for the next challenge or unpredictable event that comes along.

Resilient people move in life from dependence to independence and then interdependence and this series of masterclasses will support you on your personal resilience journey to true interdependence.


In today’s complex, fast paced, rapidly changing world, we all need skills to negotiate uncertain and even risky situations, and resilience to cope with pressure.

We can’t always control what happens to us, what we are exposed to, or the stress and pressure that is thrust upon us, but exciting research tells us we can learn to be resilientand develop life-skills that can make a massive difference to wellbeing, peace of mind and the true success we achieve in life.

Resilient people have lower levels of depression, develop personally as a result of a set-back, have such inner strength they can bounce back from adversity and can make sound, well thought through decisions and act with responsibility in a committed way.

These resilience masterclasses have been designed by the author of the published personal resilience book 10 Actions® to transform your life. Bernard Genge was a medic in the Royal Navy, including during the Falklands conflict and has spent his whole life practicing personal resilience. He has put personal resilience into practice completing over 100 marathons, including a 102 mile running race, ironman triathlon, walking trek across the Namib Desert, cycling across Vietnam, John O’Groats to Land’s End, through Europe and helping build a community school in Tanzania. He has also run a not-for-private profit social enterprise L&D company for 13 years and during the Covid crisis set up a voluntary phone buddy service for elderly and vulnerable people in his local community. 

The 12 masterclasses will have a similar format with 30 minutes input from the tutor, 15 minutes discussion in breakout group then time at the end to bring the whole masterclass to an action-orientated conclusion. The masterclasses will be full of practical insights, inspiration and proven strategies to build your personal resilience based on modelling of successfully resilient people and latest neuro-science research.

You will be given a 30-day challenge at the end of each masterclass to put practical strategies into place straight away, given the links to one or two inspirational youtube clips to watch if you choose. Finally, you’ll be given a factsheet to support each masterclass you attend

The masterclasses are:

1. Developing the thoughts/beliefs of a resilient and successful person. The outcomes in our lives evolve from what we do (or how we behave), which evolve from our attitude which it turn evolves from our thoughts/beliefs (our mindset), therefore developing resilient thoughts will change the outcomes in our life.
  • Aims – To know how to control your thoughts and mindset so you can develop resilient, confident and empowering beliefs 
  • Outcomes – With practice to automatically ‘think’ like a confident, resilient person to handle the challenges life throws at you.


2. How to be infectiously optimistic by understanding the source of pessimism and replacing that with controlled and realistic optimism.
  • Aims – To know how to leave pessimism in the past and embrace optimism  
  • Outcomes – To create a steady state of optimism in life


3. How to make significant positive change. We live in an ever-changing world and to be able to cope with that unpredictability we need to know how to make significant positive change.
  • Aims – To know how to make significant positive change in life – personally and professionally
  • Outcomes – To be a person who continually embraces change in life

4. Practical strategies to develop your self-confidence/esteem and value.

  • Aims – To have a range of practical strategies to take building confidence into your own hands
  • Outcomes – To embark on a journey of continually building your self confidence, value and self esteem


5. How to resolve conflict and really difficult situations by knowing your conflict style and when to use a different one to be a professional conflict resolver.
  • Aims – To know your conflict style, how to use it effectively and when to use another style
  • Outcomes – To be both confident and competent dealing with conflict and potential conflict 


6. How to respond rather than react to challenges by choosing to STOP and then choose a response appropriate to the challenge faced.
  • Aims – To know how to take a step back and choose a rational response to challenging situations and people 
  • Outcomes – By choosing an appropriate response to challenging people and situations you take control and evolve confidence


7. The importance of physical resilience in the areas of diet, exercise, water intake, sleep/rest and the often-forgotten area of toxic stress
  • Aims – To prioritise your physical resilience in the areas of diet, exercise, water-intake, sleep/rest and reducing toxic stress
  • Outcomes – To continually grow your physical resilience  


8. How to be proactive in building your own support network, why its important and who you should invite.
  • Aims – To prioritise the building of a two-way support network for when it is needed
  • Outcomes – To have a support network in place so when the challenging times happen there is mutual support available


9. How to develop trust and build rapport with other people as a foundation to develop great relationships.
  • Aims – To know how to build a solid foundation for effective relationships with others
  • Outcomes – To be a confident building trust and rapport with other people that lasts. 


10. The compelling nature of a personal vision and mission and how it makes life meaningful and leads to personal fulfillment
  • Aims – To create a compelling vision for your future supported by a mission statement of creative intent that energises you to make significant positive change in your life.
  • Outcomes – To have a compelling vision board and mission statement that acts as a rudder on your ship on a self-chosen destination in your life that gives you life fulfilment.


11. How to plan effectively weekly to make progressive progress to goals and in turn your personal vision.
  • Aims – To commit to weekly planning to take incremental steps towards your vision and then remain focused on a weekly basis and review progress.
  • Outcomes – To generate the empowering habit of weekly progress towards your self-chosen vision. 

12. Saying NO to those things that might be easy but add little value to our life and a resounding YES to those things that really do matter.

  • Aims – To know what is important to say ‘yes’ to, and ‘no’ to the things that are unimportant (even if they are nice and easy)
  • Outcomes – To be decisive continually in saying yes and no to what is important and not important. 


Please email FacultyDevelopment.SW@hee.nhs.uk with any questions.