Building resilience

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to cope under pressure and recover from difficulties.

Working in social care can be hugely rewarding but can be stressful at times and the pandemic has challenged the workforce like never before.  Building resilience can help adult social care staff cope better under pressure and continue to deliver high quality care and support.

The building resilience sections offer resources that can support managers build resilience at an individual, team and organisational level.

Building your own resilience

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Our Building your own resilience, health and wellbeing guide is for anyone working in adult social care. It explains what resilience is and suggests strategies to help you recognise and cope with pressure and stress, including techniques to:

  • relax
  • manage your thoughts and emotions
  • become more self-aware
  • look after your physical and mental health
  • get the right work-life balance.

It also has ideas and guidance about how to build your own resilience, for example through:

  • emotional intelligence
  • accurate thinking
  • realistic optimism.

Bite size guides

These bite size guide's highlight some of the key areas from the full ‘Building your own resilience, health and wellbeing’ guide to provide you with some quick support.

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Building the resilience of your organisation

 Guide front coverDownload the guide       Our Greater resilience - better care guide is for adult social care managers and explains some of the ways that they can develop staff resilience.  

It includes examples of things that you can do to:

  • reduce the risk of workplace stress
  • help workers develop resilient behaviours
  • make those behaviours the norm in your workplace.


Building the resilience of your team

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Our Developing resilience in practice guide shares case studies about how other employers have developed the resilience of their workforce at an organisational and team level and it includes useful examples, templates and resources that they've developed.

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