Recovery and Renewal Days
The Recovery and Renewal Days grew out of the previous staff retreats, and were initially designed to help people respond to the COVID-19 crisis and keep well during self-isolation. They have developed into a staff resource for wellbeing, to provide a time for reflection and replenishment.
Recovery and Renewal days for Oxford Health Staff
For a number of years the Oxford Health Department of Spiritual & Pastoral Care ran a series of well-received staff retreats. These retreats have been developed into Recovery and Renewal Days.
The days are FREE and are facilitated in such a way that staff groups are able to develop resources for self-compassion and self-awareness. The emphasis of each day is the development of psycho-social and psycho-spiritual wellbeing. The days are open to ALL staff whatever their faith, belief or philosophy of life.
Aim of each day
The aim is to create a gentle, nurturing environment in which participants can find the support needed in order to replenish themselves. By the end of each day participants will:
- Understand the importance of work/life balance for health and wellbeing;
- Be introduced to strategies for caring for self (and why this matters);
- Know how to find sources of support and how to make changes;
- Develop understandings of the roles we play e.g. partner, sibling, parent, carer and how they relate to who we are;
- Consider gender and race and the influence of historical and present-day understandings of power within the helping professions;
- Discuss some possible psycho-spiritual tools for living e.g. meditation, mindfulness and understandings of the natural world;
- Consider ways in which their learning will influence the care of patients
Criteria for attendance
Staff attending need:
- The permission of their manager to attend;
- Be able to attend in work time or whilst off sick;
- Be the only person attending from their team;
- Be prepared to attend for the whole time;
- Be prepared to have an individual conversation with a facilitator beforehand;
- Be sufficiently well to benefit from 2 days away;
- Give a brief statement as to why they think they would benefit from a retreat; *
- Be prepared to complete a short pre- and post-attendance questionnaire; **
In addition, where possible we try to represent all clinical, corporate and geographical areas with a mixture of banding.
*We request that applicants be as open as possible as to why they feel they would benefit from attending.
** As part of the NHSE/I funded LiSHoRe project funds have been made available to evaluate the series of days with the hope of developing a model that can be used by others within health and social care. Participant information, including feedback on the day will be anonymised and used to write up a detailed evaluation.
- Option 1: 24 hours. Overnight accommodation in single en-suite rooms (including the option of using 2 rooms that have been adapted for disabled users) with all meals and refreshments provided.
- Option 2: 10am – 4.30pm. Lunch and refreshments included
For dates and details of how to book please see the Recovery and Renewal Day booking form staff intranet OR contact email@example.com The allocation of places will take place approximately 14 days before the date or each day is due to take place.
- Guy Harrison
- Sally Horner
- Rainah Madzorera
- Andrew Williams
Charney Manor Quaker retreat and conference centre, the centre piece of which is a stunning 13th century manor house in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside between Wantage and Oxford. Please see www.charneymanor.com
Page last reviewed: 8 November, 2022