J Ment Health. 2023 Mar 16:1-9. doi: 10.1080/09638237.2023.2182423. Online ahead of print.
BACKGROUND: Occupational burnout is highly prevalent in the mental healthcare workforce and associated with poorer job satisfaction, performance and outcomes.
AIMS: To evaluate the effects of the Mind Management Skills for Life Programme on burnout and wellbeing.
METHODS: N = 173 mental health nurses were recruited from the English National Health Service during the acute phase of the COVID-19 crisis. Participants were allocated to an immediate intervention or a delayed intervention control group, using a stepped wedge randomized controlled trial design. Measures of burnout (OLBI) and wellbeing (WEMWBS) were completed at four time-points:  baseline;  after the first group finished the intervention;  after the second group finished the intervention; and  six-months follow-up.
RESULTS: Between-group differences were compared at each time-point using ANCOVA adjusting for baseline severity. Statistically significant effects on burnout (d = 0.60) and wellbeing (d = -0.62) were found at time-point 2, favouring the intervention relative to waitlist control. No significant differences were found at subsequent time-points, indicating that both groups improved and maintained their gains after the intervention.
CONCLUSIONS: This intervention led to moderate improvements in burnout and wellbeing, despite the adverse circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of the study.