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Our intervention study is a great opportunity to experience novel, one-to-one resilience training developed specifically for surgical trainees. We can come to you, at a time of your convenience (evening and weekends are possible). It will be very useful for your personal development and upon completion you receive a certificate for your portfolio. And it’s free!

What would taking part involve?


This study is in the form of a randomised controlled trial. This means that each participant will either be randomly assigned to the resilience training condition or to the control condition. The latter will take the form of a waiting list control, so will involve a delay before being offered the resilience training.  


For this study, we are offering a one-to-one Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based training course to assess how well it can enhance surgeons' resilience /psychological flexibility. ACT involves teaching psychological skills to deal with thoughts and feeling that may be difficult. Furthermore ACT can help to clarify values, things that are truly important and meaningful to the individual, and use this knowledge to guide and motivate individuals to change their lives for the better.


This training would be given in 3 training sessions each lasting approximately 2 hours, over an 8 week period. The training would take place at a location and a time convenient to you. All we ask is that you will be available on 3 occasions at approximately 4 week intervals. There is no cost for the training and participation will be anonymised.


You will be asked to complete questionnaires prior to the start of the training and at the end of each of the 3 training sessions. You would also be asked to complete the questionnaires 3-months after the training has ended.  We will be using the data from these questionnaires to measure the efficacy of the training. Questionnaires concern such areas as health, wellbeing and resilience. 

If you would like to be involved in the study, or would like any more information, then please contact Stephen Richer ( or send us your query using the contact option below.