General Information

Since the launch of our new and expanded service in 2020, wellbeing has been at the forefront of our support services. We have sought to build a programme that is flexible to the needs of trainees who are often working challenging rota patterns that make regular attendance difficult.

Wellbeing is a state of mind and body so we are pleased to be able to offer support towards this in the form of rolling programmes of Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness. These sessions all run virtually and on a drop in basis, though you will need to register in order to receive the link for attendance.

Physical Wellbeing – Move your body move your mind

As part of a drive to support the well-being of our trainees, NHSETV PSWS are pleased to offer the opportunity for trainee doctors, dentists and pharmacists to attend fully funded virtual Hatha Yoga and Pilates classes. 

Yoga: Monday 18.30 – 19.30pm

Pilates: Thursday 18.00 – 19.00pm

Sessions will run for four weeks at a time;

Block 2 – Monday 13th March 2023 for the Hatha Yoga sessions and Thursday 16th March 2023 for the Pilates sessions. To register for any of the Block 2 dates – click here

Block 3 – Monday 8th May 2023 for the Hatha Yoga sessions and Thursday 11th May 2023 for the Pilates sessions. To register for any of the Block 3 dates – click here

To view the promotional flyer, simply download here.

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Online Mindfulness Drop-in Sessions

These online sessions will include simple guided mindfulness practices aimed at ways of finding focus and anchor and a sense of well-being in the midst of a busy or stressful life. There will also be opportunity to reflect on the practices together and support for how to bring such practices into our daily lives.

These sessions will run every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month 7.30-8.15pm starting Tuesday 10th January 2023.

To register to attend these drop-in sessions, please click here.

To view the Promotional Flyer, please click here.

Session Leaders

Tim Stead trained to teach mindfulness with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (O.M.C.) which is part of Oxford University’s department of Psychology and has been teaching mindfulness for over 10 years including to Oxford University students.

Susie Stead, who will occasionally lead these sessions, also trained with the O.M.C. and has been teaching mindfulness for 5 years to students, parents and to the general public.

Core Curriculum

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is the evidence based core curriculum all these sessions will be rooted in. But the particular practices we shall be exploring will be taken from the book: ‘Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ by Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman.  It is not necessary to read this book but it could be helpful if you would like some background. 

Important: Mindfulness can be very supportive for managing stress, anxiety and depression but if you have a pre-existing clinical mental health issue it is important that you speak to your own medical practitioner before joining these sessions.

Mindfulness 8 Week Course

Mindfulness is a meditation-based practice which teaches participants the skills to find a clearer focus and stillness in the midst of a busy life and also to cope creatively with anxiety, stress and depression. This course is suitable for beginners and also for those wishing to deepen their practice.


Tim Stead and Susie Stead both trained to teach the evidence-based ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy’ course with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (now Oxford Mindfulness Foundation) which is affiliated to the Oxford University department of Psychology.  

Both have taught mindfulness in different contexts for a number of years.


This course has been developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and is based on the book: “Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a Frantic World” by Prof. Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman.

This particular book and course have been developed specifically for the general public taking its origins from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which is evidence based and available on the NHS for those suffering from depression. Mindfulness has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress and chronic pain and to promote a greater enjoyment of life.

To register for this course, please complete the following registration form:

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges offers a comprehensive list of local and national support resources including wellbeing here