Supporting the Heart of Frontline Practice
Ag Eisteacht, SHEP and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan are collaborating to support our Frontline Health Professionals
‘Supporting the Heart of Frontline Practice’ is a series of free on-line self-care, reflective practice and peer support opportunities for frontline practitioners in health, social care and community-response Covid-19 roles.
This is a collaborative initiative by Ag Eisteacht, SHEP (The Social & Health Education Project) and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan, social care and wellbeing specialist – all practitioners with shared values and a common interest in frontline practitioner care and development.
The aim of this initiative is to support frontline practitioners’ personal resilience and self-care, and to provide opportunities for individual and peer support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each brings expertise and experience in individual and group supervision, reflective practice and emotional wellbeing.
The on-line sessions include 90-minute group reflective practice professional learning and support circles, 40-minute individual reflective practice sessions and 30-minute care spaces for teams or small groups.
In the rush of activity on the frontline now and in the coming weeks, there will be little time to reflect on and to register the deeply painful situations that are being faced by practitioners. Making small and regular individual and group reflective spaces, which can hold some of the emotions and anxieties frontline workers are experiencing, is vital.
This is an invitation to those working on the frontline to come into safe, on-line spaces to meet and to think and feel about how it is for them and to reflect on what supports and comforts them during difficult times.
“Reflective spaces acknowledge the complexity, diversity and emotionality of situations and offers scope for more informed decisions which could help avoid defensive, routinised and ritualistic responses.”
*Supporting the Heart of Frontline Practice’ is an independent collaborative initiative by Ag Eisteacht, The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) and Dr Nicola O’Sullivan. This is the first in a series of initiatives that will explore focussed ways of supporting frontline workers. Our organisations share values and a common interest in frontline practitioner care and development. We are also holding a one-day, innovative seminar in Cork to open a conversation about the perception and realities of frontline practice on November 26th, 2020.