November 2, 2017, by ntzhb3

HAWN Training – new online resource to promote health and wellbeing in nursing and midwifery

Researchers at Nottingham have developed an online package called HAWN Training. This aims to promote the health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives. This project was led by Dr Holly Blake (School of Health Sciences) in collaboration with Steph Knowles Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust) and other trust colleagues.

HAWN Training is an online CPD package that promotes mental and physical wellbeing for those working in nursing or midwifery, in particular for those working shifts. It is a appropriate for use by qualified healthcare professionals, students and health educators working in these areas.

The project was funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and an ESRC Impact Acceleration Award, both granted to Holly Blake to work in partnership with Steph Knowles to support the implementation of the tool in practice. The project aimed to support research capacity development in early career researchers. Emily Gartshore (NUH nurse and doctoral student) was employed as the project assistant who worked on the content development and evaluation of HAWN training. Other early career researchers contributing at various stages of the project include Lydia Briggs, Hannah Turnbull, Anirban Banerjee, Suhathai Tosangwarn and Basharat Hussain.

This CPD tool is an important addition to a wider programme of initiatives to promote NHS staff health and wellbeing, that has contributed to NUH Trust becoming an exemplar for employee wellbeing.

The HAWN package (Gartshore and Blake) can be accessed here: Evaluation of the package will be published in the British Journal of Nursing: Gartshore E, Briggs L, Blake H. (2017) HAWN Training: development and evaluation of an educational training package to promote health and wellbeing in nurses and midwives. British Journal of Nursing. In press.

HAWN training was developed by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with NUH Trust Health and Wellbeing, and funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. For more information, please contact project assistant Emily Gartshore ( ) or the project lead Dr Holly Blake ( ).

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