The Science of Inspiration - Team Cohesion and Satisfaction of Psychological Needs

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FREE registration for all HCA members who have signed up for the 2022 Conference package.

The Science of Inspiration

Key Speaker: Professor Costas I. Karageorghis (Brunel University London)

Panel Member: Clare Preskett (Head of Team Development and Performance at GCI Health)

Panel Member: Robb Buchan (Associate Project Director at Lumanity)

Moderator: Mike Dixon - HCA CEO

It has long been said that a team is greater than the sum of its individual parts. But how can we increase the ‘stickiness’ or cohesion among team members so that the potential of the team is fully realised? Moreover, how do we do this while also satisfying the psychological needs of individual members within the team? After all, each team is characterised by individuals with a range of personalities, backgrounds and motivations.

In this presentation, you will enhance (a) your understanding of the nature of cohesion – including its task-related and social dimensions, (b) the psychological needs common to every member of the workforce and (c) what we can do as individuals to build cohesion while ensuring that our psychological needs are fully met. The presentation will be peppered with practical examples and exercises that you can try individually or within your work units.

The session will open with some warm-up exercises and an explanation of the key concepts. You will learn about the dynamics that pervade all groups (e.g. role acceptance), group phenomena (e.g. social loafing) and the potentially adverse influences of groups (e.g. through the formation of cliques). In the main part of the session, you will gain understanding of how theory and scientific findings can inform practice. Unlike many other sessions of this nature, the emphasis will be at the individual level, rather than the department or corporate level.

Examples will be taken from a range of contexts to inform practice with an emphasis on the presenter’s background in elite sport. Participants will be encouraged to adapt the examples to a healthcare context so that the principles that are expounded can be applied accordingly. You will learn how to nurture your social intelligence, improve lines of communication, enhance the sense of esprit de corps in your work unit and draw manifold benefits from the diversity within your team.

The session will empower you to reframe how you function in the workplace, interact with close colleagues and channel your emotional energy.


Professor Costas I. Karageorghis (Brunel University London)

Professor Costas Karageorghis’ expertise is in sport and exercise psychology and he is Divisional Lead for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel University London. He is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist (British Psychological Society), Chartered Scientist (Science Council) and Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. His scientific output includes over 200 scholarly articles, 12 chapters in edited texts and the text Inside Sport Psychology (Human Kinetics), which has been translated into Polish, Turkish and Farsi. He has recently published a second text, Applying Music in Exercise and Sport (Human Kinetics), as well as an associated study guide. His research in the field of sport psychology has been featured extensively in the national and international media over a 25-year period. Costas has been an invited speaker at institutions throughout the world, including a public lecture at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Clare Preskett (Senior Communications Leader)

Clare is an experienced communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience, the majority of which have been in healthcare. She has held numerous senior agency roles as well as in house positions at Novartis and Allergan and is uniquely placed to understand both the complexities of working in a busy communications agency as well as the challenges faced by our clients.

Clare is currently Head of Team Development & Performance at GCI Health and has been coaching and mentoring teams for more than 10 years. She is a qualified coach, accredited DISC profiler, NLP practitioner and meditation & mindfulness teacher.

How to Book

All members who have signed up to the HCA Conference package will qualify for a free place at this event.  Please login to activate your free place - which will appear online at point of booking for those members who qualify. 

Registration Deadline: 1pm, Monday 20th June

This session is kindly sponsored by Lumanity

£25.00 per person (ex. VAT)

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The Science of Inspiration - Team Cohesion and Satisfaction of Psychological Needs

Virtual Meeting

Tue 21 Jun 2022

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM BST
(2:00 PM - 3:30 PM CEST)