When doing our best doesn’t feel like enough: experiences of moral injury

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Keeping Well NCL are proud to present their first webinar for all staff across the North Central London ICS.

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We enter our health and social care roles and professions with a strong sense of duty and a desire to help others. But the exceptional challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have left us at risk of having our deeply-held ethical and moral beliefs and values violated. This might mean that:

  • We may find ourselves behaving in ways that go against our own sense of right and wrong
  • We may feel that we have been unable to do something that we should have done.
  • We may be witnessing others behaving in ways that that we wholeheartedly disagree with
  • We may experience our organisations and leaders as having failed in their duty of care to patients and staff.

When these experiences shake our sense of who we are and result in personal distress and/or feelings of guilt and shame, we can understand this as ‘Moral Injury’.

In this webinar, we invite you to share your experiences of Moral Injury and contribute to the conversation about what moral injury is, what causes it; how it can make us feel and behave and what helps to cope with it.

The webinar is co-hosted by psychologists, Jocelyn Blumberg and Dr Maya Khera. All staff in health and social care roles are welcome to attend.

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About the presenters:

Jocelyn Blumberg is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who trained in South Africa. Since qualifying in 2000, she has specialised in working with trauma survivors across different settings in South Africa, Turkey and the UK. Jocelyn has been at the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust since 2005 and has worked with survivors of human rights abuses, combat-related trauma, terror attacks and childhood and domestic abuse. Jocelyn also provides trauma-informed training, clinical support and reflective practice sessions to other health and social care professionals both within the NHS and within the voluntary sector. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Jocelyn has been closely involved in the development and provision of support offers to frontline health and social care staff and offers training, reflective practice and one-to-one support to a range of staff groups.

Maya Khera is a UK trained Counselling Psychologist with experience working in the NHS and charity sector. Maya did a two-year clinical placement at the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, providing specialist psychological support to forced migrants and survivors of childhood abuse. Maya has a background in humanitarian work and her doctoral research focused on aid workers’ experiences of moral and ethical dilemmas and distress during assignment. She is now supervising a doctoral research project on moral injury among IAPT workers, and also works at Freedom from Torture, a charity providing specialist care to survivors of torture.


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