Evaluation of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy eight-week courses

In 2019, we conducted a review of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses for service-users and staff in the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The findings are described here.

Evaluation of MBCT for NHS staff

MBCT is an eight-week course that can reduce stress in non-clinical populations. The evaluation assesses outcomes from MBCT courses for Sussex Partnership staff between 2013 and 2019. The results from the before and after self-assessments, suggest significant improvements in mindfulness, wellbeing and self -compassion and reductions in stress, with the effect sizes ranging from medium to very large. Although further research is needed, results suggest that reducing staff stress and improving wellbeing may lead to reduced levels of absence caused by staff sickness. Also, mindfulness skills may be a protective factor in managing highly stressful caregiving roles.

View the full report here: MBCT staff courses – evaluation report June 2019

Evaluation of MBCT for adult users of NHS mental health services

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been offering MBCT to service users for over 14 years. The report assesses outcomes for adults using NHS mental health services between 2010 and 2019. Overall, there were significant improvements on all measures (depression, anxiety, wellbeing, and self-compassion) except mindfulness. This suggests that the courses are beneficial to Sussex Partnership NHS service-users and should continue to be offered.

View the full report here: MBCT service user courses – evaluation report June 2019