Walking Meetings In Our Greenspace

Sam Eperson's picture

Have you ever thought about taking your meetings or supervisions outside of the office? Recently we learnt our Dietetic colleagues had extended their workspace to the outdoor environment and thought we would give it a try in Occupational Therapy. Obviously not all discussions are appropriate to be held outside, whilst walking, so consideration needs to be taken into account regarding the content. At East Surrey Hospital, we are privileged enough to have access to lots of greenery, woodland and open space and use our ‘Walking Meetings’ for discussions such as planning audits for the year, debriefing from events, sharing innovation and service development ideas and even having supervisions. We found many benefits from taking a step outdoors for meetings including;

- improved thinking and flow of ideas,
- increasing our cardiorespiratory system,
- improving mood and wellbeing,
- reducing headaches from having natural daylight rather than artificial lighting
- increasing our step count (good for fitbit lovers!)
- developing interprofessional and personal relationships. Being outside in a ‘neutral’ environment can take away any hierarchical feelings from sitting in your bosses office
- increases appetite and desire for healthier foods
- reports of improving sleep (could be due to contributing to discussions more effectively and sharing thoughts, and/or increased intake in oxygen)
- reports of feeling more productive
- could improve any aches and pains

So, why don’t you give it a try and swap your workspace for woodland! Let us know how you get on but sharing your comments or photos!


Great to hear about this Sam-

Makena Lohr's picture

Great to hear about this Sam- taking a walk outside can definitely help wellbeing at work. In fact- it ties in very closely with our work this year on using green space for workplace wellbeing (for example our conference on this very topic next week: http://nhsforest.org/nhs-forest-conference-2018). It would be great to hear more about your initiative- perhaps you'd like to add it to the map of NHS Forest sites? http://nhsforest.org/map

I hope you don't mind if I tweet about this in the meantime? Do let me know if CSH can ever be of any support with great projects like this in the East Surrey Hospital . 


Hello, Thank you for your

Sam Eperson's picture

Hello, Thank you for your comment :) I shall definately look into adding the inititive to the NHS Forest map. I am also currently writing a report of how Occupational Therapists can use the NHS Forest for theraputic purposes - so hopefully that will also be out soon.

Please do tweet about it - that would be great. Thank you for your assistance and support. Best wishes!


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