CPD Training

We provide high quality Continued Professional Development training for healthcare professionals.

Our team includes a Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in physical healthcare, a Senior BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Mindfulness Teacher and Post-Graduate Lecturer in CBT, as well as an Associate Senior Physiotherapist.

We are well qualified, having over three decades of experience in the NHS between us. We have also worked as part of the GP education programme delivering CPD training.

We provide our training for healthcare professionals such as GPs, Physios, OT's, other AHP's, consultants, managers and leaders.

"A fabulous course, consolidating my knowledge from the course introduction. I am feeling much more confident in using these skills with my patients. Thank you to Chris for an excellent format and offering ideas and guidance clinically. The small group format made it easy to interact with others on the course." (Rachel) Physiotherapist 


"Chris delivered a very engaging and informative CPD training session for us, which was professional and well arranged. Interactive and delightfully informal. Further, I learnt from the session and will be applying this to my practice. Excellent." (Dr Tom) GP

Mindfulness In Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy 

Learn how to incorporate Mindfulness into your clinical practice with your patients. Safely deliver practical and evidence-based tools to help your patients release the benefits of Mindfulness.

This LIVE and interactive CPD training has been specifically developed for Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

"If you’re still dubious about mindfulness, take this course - I guarantee your time will be well spent. Best virtual training I’ve done so far. Engaging delivery and presentation". (Tom)

Although aimed primarily at Physiotherapists and OT's, other healthcare professionals may also benefit. Previous attendees have included Nurses, Doctors, HCAs, students, and various assistants.

No previous knowledge of Mindfulness is required.

"Brilliant session, packed full of information and practical examples to use in practice. I would definitely recommend to my colleagues!" (Katherine)

100% of the participants on previous sessions said they would recommend this training to a colleague.


  • Understand Mindfulness and its role in healthcare
  • Gain insight into the evidence-base for using Mindfulness in Physiotherapy and OT
  • Learn how to utilise principles of Mindfulness in short, simple and safe ways
  • Understand the benefits of bringing Mindfulness into your clinical work
  • Help patients to adopt evidence-based Mindfulness practices with practical applications 
  • Learn how to be a mindful therapist
  • Hear about our previous case studies of Mindfulness in Physio & OT

This training is for you if you want to learn some effective, safe, quick and practical ways to introduce Mindfulness to your patients. Helping them to release the benefits of Mindfulness, alongside the therapy that you are already doing with them.

"I would 100% recommend this course. I cannot explain what a fantastic use of my time and money this was. It's hard to find time as a student, employee and parent to dedicate to CPD but this training was without doubt worth every penny and every minute. I can already tell it is going to have a positive impact on my work and my personal experience as a healthcare professional". (Natalie)

Mindfulness can help facilitate your treatment sessions and can benefit patients across many specialties. Mindfulness has been shown to benefit many medical conditions, such as in recovery from stroke by improving the patient’s awareness, comfort levels, and facilitating rehabilitation.

Research shows that mindfulness can enhance recovery in both OT and physiotherapy.

By the end of this training you will be able to incorporate basic principles of Mindfulness into your day to day clinical practice.

Included in the cost of this training is access to a selection of Mindfulness practices which you can signpost your patients to.

Delivered by Chris Finn, experienced Mindfulness Teacher, Post-graduate Lecturer in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and BABCP accredited Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor.

"It is reassuring to know that mindfulness can be adopted into clinical practice to enhance the lives of others. Chris is a great teacher". (Bilal), Physiotherapist

The training has been designed in collaboration with a Senior Physiotherapist and is regularly updated following feedback and review of the evidence base.

Delivered live via Zoom. Limited spaces available.

Various dates and times available

Click here to register for future dates. (Making sure you check the box for healthcare updates)

If your Trust or other employer will be paying for this course, we accept purchase orders and can issue an invoice on request. Email us at: info@poolemindfulness.co.uk

You can also join our Facebook group 'Mindfulness in Healthcare'


2 hour CPD Certificate

Venue: Online

Cost: £25.60

Date: Tuesday 16th March 2021

Time: 17:15 - 19:15

Date: Wednesday 12th May 2021

Time: 17:15 - 19:15

Date: Thursday 24th June 2021

Time: 09:30 - 11:30

Contact us if you would like us to deliver something bespoke for your team.

What previous attendees have said:
“I heard about this training via an OT colleague at work. This course was an excellent mix of teaching materials within the overall presentation and was very well constructed to condense very salient and simple user friendly information and practices for personal or professional use. Its interactive elements further lent themselves to the teaching and learning. I would highly recommend. The quick on the spot exercises really consolidated the points being raised to great effect. Listening to others case studies and questions also very useful and interesting”. (Elaine), OT
Great CPD thank you. I liked the specific links to my profession. I learnt a lot in the 2 hours and it worked really well online. I would defiantly recommend my colleagues go on this training. Great introduction to Mindfulness and prospective applications to professions such as Physiotherapy”. (Aicha), Physiotherapist
"Really helpful, thank you. I liked the theory and links to OT including the use of activities of daily living. I think perfectly good for an initial 2 hour training. I had initially thought mindfulness was much more complicated to apply in practice". (Victoria), Senior OT
Watch the video below to hear a little more, and to see a video testimonial from a previous course participant:

Using Motivational Interviewing (MI) To Enhance Engagement In Patients With Low Mood, Depression, & Anxiety 

Suitable for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Professionals. Specially adapted for use with patients in healthcare, this interactive course teaches you how to utilise the principles of MI to enhance engagement.

"The Motivational Interviewing training was really interesting and very relevant to my role as a Neuro-Physiotherapist. It will enable my skills of communicating with patients, carers, and colleagues. The course was very well run with an appropriate level of content. I will definitely recommend this course". (Jenny)

MI is a conversational technique used to engage with patients, and facilitate positive behaviour change. It can be hard when patients struggle to engage in the exercises and actions that you know will support their recovery. MI is a fantastic tool for you to tap into your patient's own values and motivation for change. Giving the power back to the patient, you can help them to help themselves.

Often you do not get as much time with a patient as you would hope, we will show you how to incorporate MI principles into the clinical time you have available.

Level: No prior knowledge of MI is assumed, however the course will also appeal to those with some knowledge looking for a refresher and to develop their practical skills with the model.

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Develop/refresh your knowledge of the stages of change cycle and determine individual’s readiness.
  • Understand the nature of ambivalence and the influence of common mental health factors.
  • Develop your practical skills with different conversational techniques to work with resistance and ambivalence.

Delivered by Dr Liam Williams, a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience supporting behavioural change in individuals with acute and long term physical health conditions, and Chris Finn, BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Lecturer. Designed in conjunction with a senior Physiotherapist.

"Chris and Liam were both very knowledgeable and gave lots of insight and examples of what you can do to help individuals move forward. It was great and works well for many different organisations". (Whitney)

If your Trust or other employer will be paying for this course, we accept purchase orders and can issue an invoice on request. Email us here.

3 hour CPD Certificate

Venue: Online

Cost: £42.27

Due to popularity we have 2 separate dates scheduled for 2021:

Date: Tuesday 18th May 2021

Time: 9:00 - 12:00

Date: Tuesday 10th August 2021

Time: 9:00 - 12:00

An Introduction To Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) For Healthcare Professionals 

Understand the CBT principles for cognitive and behavioural change in patients. This CPD training is suitable for Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, other AHPs, or anyone working in face-to-face contact with patients.

This interactive course will equip you with the knowledge of the basic principles of CBT in your clinical practice. Helping you understand CBT and how the principles work in patients with low mood, depression and anxiety as well as other mental health difficulties.

No previous knowledge of CBT required.

"A great overview, providing both information and advice on how to apply the concepts of CBT in practice. I really enjoyed the delivery, Liam and Chris were great!" (Naomi)


By the end of this training session you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic CBT model
  • Develop a clear view of the interaction between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
  • Understand your patient's difficulties from a CBT perspective
  • See how your patient's thoughts and feelings influence how they behave and respond to treatment
  • Understand depression and anxiety and other mental health conditions
  • See how behavioural interventions can influence positive change
  • Understand some of the basic cognitive interventions
  • Understand how to implement the basic CBT principles into your practice


Designed and delivered by Chris Finn, BABCP accredited Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Post-Graduate Lecturer in CBT, and Dr Liam Williams, Senior Clinical Psychologist specialising in physical healthcare and CBT, in conjunction with a Senior Physiotherapist.

"Brilliant training. Chris & Liam were very informed on the aspects of CBT which was clear within the way they presented the training. They were engaging and easy to follow. I would definitely come back for more training delivered on another topic in the future. Thanks both". (Chelsea)

If your Trust or other employer will be paying for this course, we accept purchase orders and can issue an invoice on request. Email us here.

3 hour CPD Certificate

Venue: Online

Cost: £42.27

Date: Tuesday 1st June 2021

Time: 09:00 - 12:00

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Wellbeing support for healthcare staff following COVID-19

With our experience in providing wellbeing support for healthcare staff we have developed a series of workshops for coping with work, and life following working with COVID-19.

Workshop 1: How the brain processes and responds to threats
Learn about the threat response and how the brain has evolved to keep us alive. Explore how Coronavirus taps into our deepest fears and how we can regain our sense of psychological safety. Help to understand and normalise the potential of trauma experienced during the pandemic.

Workshop 2: Regaining resilience following COVID-19
Helping staff cope with the aftermath of what's already happened, and regaining resilience to cope with confidence in the future. Learning tools for resilience and stress management, as well as coping with any potential trauma you may be faced with.

Workshop 3: Coping with the uncertainty that Coronavirus has left behind
Understand how our mind likes certainty, and how we can work with the brain to manage this. Learn how to increase your tolerance of uncertainty in the face of the pandemic.

Workshop 4: Build your emotional intelligence
Here we cover how to develop your understanding of how you think, feel, and behave in response to stress, and how you can gain mastery over your mood states. Understanding how the mind works, allows us to hack into our nervous system to find resilience and calm in the face of stress.

Grounded in research and using the latest evidence-base, these workshops will provide you with a toolkit designed to inform and empower you and your team.

If you are interested in the above, resilience training or mindfulness for staff, we have various options available to meet all budgets.

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"Our session on CBT was very helpful and Chris made it very practical. We all left feeling confident in using the techniques and principles of CBT with our patients" (Liz) Senior Physiotherapist 

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