Nursing in Mind: Developing psychologically minded approaches to contemporary nursing and its dilemmas

Course overview

Are you interested in…

  • Connecting (or reconnecting) with the richness of nursing
  • Exploring the contemporary identity of nursing
  • Developing your interest, knowledge and understanding of your day to day work
  • Participating in a reflective group
  • Learning from others through sharing experience and through the application of theoretical frameworks


Nursing in Mind is an innovative monthly event for nurses, which will provide a restorative, stimulating and developmental learning opportunity. The Tavistock has a long history of supporting professional development through the application of reflective processes to work based learning. We’ll be meeting monthly for 3 hours to discuss the rich complexities of nursing, looking below the surface to explore experience and to develop our knowledge and understanding of the contemporary realities of nursing practice. 

Nursing in Mind provides a unique opportunity for nurses to come together and identify and explore contemporary nursing experiences which all too often are marginalised or ignored. The Tavistock has a long history of supporting professional development through the application of reflective processes to work based learning and in keeping with this, the programme will provide a restorative, stimulating and developmental learning opportunity.

We’ll be meeting monthly for 3 hours to discuss the rich complexities of nursing. We will be looking below the surface to explore nurses’ experience of nursing, to develop our knowledge and understanding of the contemporary realities of practice and nursing identities.

Working under pressure without space to think and reflect can contribute to a sense of anxiety that keeps you awake, sickness or ‘burn-out’ and compassion fatigue. The groups will provide a safe protected space in which to pause from the high velocity of daily work and enable participants to strengthen their resilience to sustain person-centred practice, in health and care organisations.

The monthly forum will consist of two parts, a presentation by an invited speaker and a smaller group discussion. Each space offers an opportunity to share experience and to develop understanding and awareness of different aspects of our work.

The diversity of the group has offered some unique insights and perspectives which I have derived improved insight from and I have felt supported throughout the experience.

  • To develop an awareness of psychologically informed approaches to nursing, working with patients and within the group and organisational context
  • To develop a knowledge of psychoanalytic, social systemic, systemic, group and organisational dynamic approaches to nursing, the context of nursing and its contemporary dilemmas 
  • To explore and better understand the personal, interpersonal, group and organisational processes that support or hinder therapeutic nursing work
  • To create a community of practice, to connect one another, to promote the development of individuals, projects and services related to psychosocially minded nursing
  • To provide a reflective and safe space in which to think and respond with others, about aspects of an individual’s work and practice setting
  • To provide a network in which one could be a mentor, or be mentored
  • To promote the sharing of information, relevant papers and publications through the virtual learning environment (VLE) platform Moodle
  • To provide opportunities for co-learning, peer support, shadowing others. 
  • For the seminar to be informative and to support the development of members through the group, contributing to CPD hours, ‘reflections’ to support NMC revalidation, access to the library, VLE Moodle forum, the sharing of relevant papers and support for the development and wellbeing of staff, through the reflective space and presentations

The seminar is for nurses from all branches of nursing, at Band 7 or above, who are:

  • interested in exploring and developing new insights and new thoughts, about their own (and others) nursing practice and its current dilemmas, for application in their own setting
  • wanting to develop their understanding and practice of psychologically minded approaches to nursing 
  • wish to become more aware of the relational aspects of nursing, in its multi-professional interagency context. 

Generally it is expected that nurses will have been qualified for a minimum of one year and be interested in exploring and developing nursing practice. We will also ask nurse participants to make a commitment to attend regularly for one year, to support consistency and continuity for all.

The seminars will run monthly and will be structured into two parts.

The first session will be a presentation of a contemporary nursing issue/dilemma by an invited guest and or of a group member’s work/service in discussion. The initial list of speakers will be added to as emergent themes and issues in nursing arise, that warrant further exploration

The second session will offer a reflective space. This will provide seminar members with an opportunity to share their work and to explore the collective thoughts, reactions and understanding of others within the group.

There will be a break between the two sessions, providing an opportunity to network and share refreshments. 

Peter Griffiths, Consultant Nurse, Department of Education and Training (DET) and Child, Young Adult and Families Directorate (CYAF)

Claire Shaw, Lead Nurse for Nursing Practice Development and Research, Head of Nursing, Adult and Forensic Services

In addition we will be joined by a range of nurses and other clinicians from the Tavistock and other organisations.

"There is a wealth of knowledge within such a group which gives the group its dynamic and supportive function"

"It has been helpful to hear speakers from the psychodynamic point of view so one can stand back understand and reflect what may be happening in your own work environment and to challenge the sometimes entrenched often almost marginalised positions that nurses find themselves within"

"The programme offers a safe, reflective space to enable nurses from a range of backgrounds and specialities to be curious about practice related topics and themes and their impact on thoughts, feelings and behaviours"

"Work discussions have given us all the opportunity to explore things that challenge us in our current workplace"

Included in your course fee, you will receive full online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

New dates will be advertised here in due course. Please contact us at if you would like to be added to the waiting list for further information

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