Circle Work

Training in circle work enables staff teams and inter-disciplinary groups to collaborate more effectively. Happy staff = happier patients. Seems obvious but we know that people working in health and care settings are one of the most at risk occupational groups of becoming stressed and unwell as a result of difficulties encountered in the work that they do.

When staff feel psychologically safe in their workplaces trust and co-operation grows and people feel happier and more fulfilled. Well facilitated Circle work helps to grow psychological safety. All of the progress that we make in health and care systems is fundamentally relational – we need to be able to rely on each other. Circle work helps to build compassionate, robust and resilient relationships as we catch a glimpse of our own and each other’s humanity.

Co-creation of positive relationships and better outcomes

An initial half-day workshop on circle work enables participants to learn about the science behind what makes circle work safe, to experience the benefits and to think about how circle work could benefit them and the organisations they work in.

Training in circle work (which is typically for 2 days for groups of 12) begins with developing a shared understanding of what makes circle work so powerful:-

Warmth of welcome + Meeting as equals + Celebrating our differences + Space to contemplate + Committing to action = Co-creation of positive relationships and better outcomes

Participants in Circle Work training are supported to practice elements of circle work facilitation and to make plans for implementing circle work with their teams and across the wider health and care system.

All of the Frameworks 4 Change that has developed are found within the approach we take to circle work. Circle work can be used in so many ways to enable groups to connect with each other and to make progress. Compassion Circles enable people to re-connect with the flow of compassion for themselves, each other and the people they care for. Circle work creates the conditions in which participants can bring their best thinking to complex problems. Circle work can be used to focus on what is already working by focusing on what is strong not what is wrong. Circle work can be used to process difficulty, to embrace vulnerability, to build dialogue and to manage change pro-actively.

How will this help?

Circle work is for health and care organisations who are committed to growing compassionate places to work which make a positive and lasting difference to the people being cared for and those who are offering care.