‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 4: PROCESS

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Everything in aviation we know because someone somewhere died… We have purchased, at great cost, lessons literally bought with blood… We cannot have the moral failure of forgetting these lessons and have to relearn them.” Sully Sullenberger Pilot of Flight 1549, ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’ All frontline healthcare warriors will bear scars from emotionally […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 3: PERFORM

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‘Practice’ is about building a skillset, and fostering a way of life (via ‘immersion’) that serves to strengthen perception of one’s available resources when crunch time arrives. However, reality dictates that certain scenarios are impossible to prepare for, particularly in the emergency medicine arena. The more chaotic the workplace, the higher the frequency of unavoidable threat appraisals. Therefore, it is crucial […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 1: Cognitive Appraisals

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It has been an exciting period for me recently. Last month I was at the International Special Training Centre (ISTC) in Pfullendorf, Germany, where I had the honour of speaking to a group of Special Operations Combat Medics in-training from eleven nations across NATO. Staying at the base, meeting the guys, and contributing to their fantastic 26-week […]

An Englishman in South Africa: Robert Lloyd at St. Emlyn’s (link)

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Here is the blog post I wrote for St. Emlyn’s to accompany the podcast – ‘An Englishman in South Africa’ – that I recorded with Professor Simon Carley (@EMManchester) at ICEM 2016. I discuss the human stress response and its effect on performance, strategies for building a more resilient mindset, and stress inoculation training. I explore these […]