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Nurses and stress: how performing arts skills can improve self-care and communication

Training given by actors is helping NHS staff to look after themselves better

Training given by actors is helping NHS staff to look after themselves better – which benefits patient care too

  • Swansea Bay University Health Board staff have received training from actors on voice and breath techniques and enhancing communication
  • Programme aims to reduce work-related stress among staff through techniques such as ‘body-mapping’
  • Awareness of non-verbal behaviour and posture are also taught, with the aim of improving the patient experience

The way that nurses walk, their posture, tone of voice and even how they use their eyes can all improve engagement with patients and colleagues – and have a positive impact on workplace stress.

These techniques, commonly used by actors

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