10 minute pause spaces

#10minPausespace tag

Welcome to 10-min Pause Space. Find the right version for you and your team here.

These versions are designed to assist you through different scenarios:

  1. 10-min Pause Space | Designed as a ‘pop-up’ face-to-face practice for a small group
  2. 10-min Pause Space Virtual Version Using Breakaway Rooms | For a small group, using virtual platforms with breakout pairs rooms/technically confident facilitators (new guide attached above)
  3. 10-min Pause Space Virtual Version Easy-To-Run’ | For a small group, using virtual platforms without breakout pairs rooms or when facilitators are less confident using technology (new guide attached above)
  4. 5-min Me Space | For self or pairs use, face-to- face or virtual use

We’d love to hear more about whether these are helpful for you. Feedback can be shared:


Do share this practice with others, and on social media if you found it helpful; use the tag #10minPauseSpace

To anyone that has appreciated this time and wants to find out what other support is available, please take a look at the growing number of offers across this site.

What’s the evidence for this?

10-min Pause Space has been developed by Andy Bradley, his long-time trusted colleagues and Laura Simms. Laura, a nurse by profession, has worked in healthcare for 32 years and hopes this version is accessible and helpful to all compassionate and inclusive leaders, whatever their role.

This offer is not ‘validated’ in any formal way but rather distilled from other practices and widespread experience from clinicians and colleagues. We encourage you to try it and see for yourself. It is approved for widespread use in the NHS.

Andy Bradley (recognised in 2012 by Nesta and The Observer as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals), has been developing and sharing Compassion Circles for over 10 years. Compassion Circles have been adapted for use in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board where over 1000 healthcare staff have participated in rounds over the last 5 years. The Welsh Government are now sponsoring the roll-out of Compassion Circles which are known in Wales as ‘Taking Care Giving Care Rounds’. Evaluation indicates that the experience is highly valued. Compassion Circles have also become an integral part of the Compassionate Mental Health gatherings offered as a space for transformation and dialogue in Wales.