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This podcast is designed to inspire intensive care clinicians to become the very best they can be at delivering care to their critically ill patients.

Mastering Intensive Care Andrew Davies

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

This podcast is designed to inspire intensive care clinicians to become the very best they can be at delivering care to their critically ill patients.

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 6 - Learnings We Might Take Away

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 6 - Learnings We Might Take Away

    This episode focuses on learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic. Important lessons our global Intensive Care community, your local ICU and you personally might take away from what the novel coronavirus has caused - at least so far.
    Previous episodes of this series (a series best listened to in episode order) have allowed you to hear the experiences of busy ICU clinicians, the work of an ICU clinical psychologist, and some supportive strategies different institutions have used during the pandemic. Here you’ll listen to the valuable thoughts and considerations about topics including personal wellbeing, awareness of mindset, effects on healthcare workers as a group and even some possible gains from the pandemic hardship.
    In this sixth episode of the “Persevering Through A Pandemic” series, the guests (in order of appearance) are Dr Rana Awdish, Dr Hayley Gershengorn, Dr Laura Rock, Dr Wes Ely, CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark, Dr Peter Brindley, Dr Matt Morgan, Dr Hugh Montgomery, Dr Georg Auzinger and Dr Julie Highfield.
    I firmly believe that ICU clinicians across the world need to spend time reflecting, processing or simply healing from this pandemic. Reinvigorating ourselves from the difficulties we’ve suffered and restoring ourselves for whatever is to come. My hope is this episode will help you to do this.
    Thank you for listening to these wise and thoughtful Intensive Care clinicians speak about how they’ve been “Persevering Through A Pandemic”.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
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    About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast aims to inspire and empower Intensive Care clinicians through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care to bring their best selves to work by focusing on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.
     
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    Links to featured guests (in order of appearance)
    Dr Rana Awdish
    Dr Rana Awdish on Twitter @RanaAwdish
    Dr Hayley Gershengorn
    Dr Hayley Gershengorn on Twitter @HBGMD
    Dr Laura Rock
    Dr Laura Rock on Twitter @drlaurarock
    Dr Wes Ely
    Dr Wes Ely on Twitter @WesElyMD
    CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark
    CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark on Twitter @kiwi_yankee
    Dr Peter Brindley
    Dr Peter Brindley on Twitter @docpgb
    Dr Matthew Morgan
    Dr Matthew Morgan on Twitter @dr_mattmorgan
    Dr Hugh Montgomery
    Dr Hugh Montgomery on Twitter @hugh_montgomery
    Dr Georg Auzinger
    Dr Julie Highfield
    Dr Julie Highfield on Twitter @DrJulie_H
     
    Links to other resources (in order of mentioning)
    Book "Every Deep-Drawn Breath" (by Wes Ely)
     
    Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 15 with Peter Brindley
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 33 with Wes Ely
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 36 with Hayley Gershengorn
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 41 with Rana Awdish
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 47 with Matt Morgan
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 48 with Laura Rock
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 49 with Hugh Montgomery
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 57 with Georg Auzinger
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 60 with Simone Hannah-Clark
    Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook
    Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on LinkedIn
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    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound & Media

    • 46 min
    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 5 - 'Life' Support For Our People

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 5 - 'Life' Support For Our People

    Intensive Care clinicians are used to being busy. Critically ill patients constantly arrive in the ICU with no awareness of staff workload at that moment. So being busy has not been the major problem of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The difficult emotional responses to physical exhaustion, mental strain, heart-breaking human loss and the unpredictability of SARS-CoV-2 have been significant, and the commonly held attitude of “just power through” has not been sustainable. Instead, the most critical influence on the overall wellbeing of Intensive Care practitioners has been the degree to which they have felt supported socially.
    Maintaining social support and cohesion is hard. Intensive Care professionals have often depended on social support through camaraderie and workplace culture yet have been crying out during this healthcare crisis to hospital administrators, often in vain, for direct and valuable supportive measures for staff wellbeing.
    The pandemic has therefore required a more healing and individual-focused type of supportive strategy. Coming up with successful strategies is not easy and a specific strategy will not support all individuals in all contexts. So, ICU teams have had to try a mixture of strategies, philosophies, support groups, or simply caring attitudes to provide effective staff wellbeing support.
    In this fifth episode of the “Persevering Through A Pandemic” series, you’ll hear some of the types of supportive actions that my guests in this series have witnessed in their ICUs and hospitals. My guests on the episode (in order of appearance) are Dr Hugh Montgomery, Dr Rana Awdish, CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark, Dr Hayley Gershengorn, Dr Laura Rock, Dr Matt Morgan, Dr Peter Brindley, Dr Wes Ely and Dr Georg Auzinger.
    There is so much we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic. My hope is this episode will help you as a listener to reflect on and to process your own pandemic experience whilst hearing lessons you might take away to your Intensive Care community.
    Thank you for listening to these wise and thoughtful Intensive Care clinicians tell you how they’ve been “Persevering Through A Pandemic”.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
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    About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast aims to inspire and empower Intensive Care clinicians through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care to bring their best selves to work by focusing on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.
     
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    Links to featured guests (in order of appearance)
    Dr Hugh Montgomery
    Dr Hugh Montgomery on Twitter @hugh_montgomery
    Dr Rana Awdish
    Dr Rana Awdish on Twitter @RanaAwdish
    CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark
    CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark on Twitter @kiwi_yankee
    Dr Hayley Gershengorn
    Dr Hayley Gershengorn on Twitter @HBGMD
    Dr Laura Rock
    Dr Laura Rock on Twitter @drlaurarock
    Dr Matthew Morgan
    Dr Matthew Morgan on Twitter @dr_mattmorgan
    Dr Peter Brindley
    Dr Peter Brindley on Twitter @docpgb
    Dr Wes Ely
    Dr Wes Ely on Twitter @WesElyMD
    Dr Georg Auzinger
     
    Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 15 with Peter Brindley
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 33 with Wes Ely
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 36 with Hayley Gershengorn
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 41 with Rana Awdish
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 47 with Matt Morgan
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 48 with Laura Rock
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 49 with Hugh Montgomery
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 57 with Georg Auzinger
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast - Episode 60 with Simone Hannah-Clark
    Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook
    Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on LinkedIn
    Email Andrew Davies
    Audio Produ

    • 50 min
    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 4 - Best & Worst Year

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 4 - Best & Worst Year

    The physical, mental and emotional burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on Intensive Care clinicians has been colossal. Many ICU staff, of all types and at all levels, have suffered significant psychological effects.
    After hearing the pandemic experiences and perspectives of bedside clinicians in recent episodes, the focus of today’s episode is a clinical psychologist who’s been working inside several busy ICUs and supported hundreds of people across the United Kingdom during the pandemic.
    In this fourth episode of the “Persevering Through A Pandemic” series, you’ll hear the thoughts of Dr Julie Highfield who has led a national UK-based wellbeing program in response to COVID-19. Dr Highfield works as a consultant clinical psychologist in several ICUs in Wales and has an additional role as the National Wellbeing Director for the Intensive Care Society in the UK.
    In this episode Julie talks about:
    The first year of the pandemic feeling like the best and worst year of her life Her witnessing of ICU staff “just getting on with it” and “shelving their feelings” The types of support she provided – in both her local ICUs and across the UK Which support worked best for which staff The value of one-on-one sessions - yet their impracticality in a pandemic The types of group sessions she led Two typical examples of who Julie has been supporting What surprised her about the ICU teams The rise in the number of UK ICUs with a clinical psychologist The value of having a clinical psychologist embedded in an ICU How Julie fared herself during the height of the pandemic Her thoughts on the restrictions to visitors caused by COVID-19 The lingering effects of this pandemic Advice for people who are considering championing wellbeing in their ICUs.  
    The culture around wellbeing in our ICUs is slowly changing and the effects of the COVID-19 may accelerate this. A good psychologist is vital to stimulating that change and to providing valuable assistance.
    My hope is that this episode, as part of a focused series of episodes, will help Intensive Care clinicians to reflect on their own experiences and to learn valuable lessons about psychological aspects of the pandemic. Thank you for listening to the wise and supportive Dr Julie Highfield, an ideal person to share perspectives on how ICU clinicians have been “Persevering Through A Pandemic”.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
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    About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast aims to inspire and empower Intensive Care clinicians through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care to bring their best selves to work by focusing on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.
     
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    Links to featured guests
    Dr Julie Highfield
    Julie Highfield on Twitter @DrJulie_H
    Wellbeing Hub at Intensive Care Society website
    Psychologists In Critical Care UK (PINC-UK)
     
    Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook
    Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on LinkedIn
    Email Andrew Davies
    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound & Media

    • 45 min
    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 3 - Ultramarathon

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 3 - Ultramarathon

    Whilst some people choose to run long distances, caring for patients in the ICU is not supposed to feel like an ultramarathon.
    If you work in the complex, high stress, emotion-generating environment of an ICU, it might sometimes feel like you are the logistics organiser of an ultimate endurance event, but you should hardly feel like you are a competitor.
    Yet when COVID-19 arrived, the initial sprint became a marathon and that’s now turned into a seemingly never-ending ultramarathon.
    In this third episode of the “Persevering Through A Pandemic” series, you’ll hear about this pandemic ultramarathon and the effects it’s had on the people working in ICUs in the UK. A period which has been physically and emotionally difficult yet has provided glimpses of career satisfaction along the journey.
    Amongst other topics, UK intensivists Drs Matt Morgan, Hugh Montgomery & Georg Auzinger talk honestly about their worst pandemic days, the discomfort that they and their colleagues felt, how their teams kept afloat in such an overwhelming situation and the lingering effects on clinician mental health. There is mention of an interesting letter one of them sent and a special kind of chocolate cake!
    My hope is this will help you as a listener to reflect on and to process your own pandemic experience whilst hearing lessons you might take away to your Intensive Care community.
    Thank you for listening to these wise and thoughtful Intensive Care clinicians tell you how they’ve been “Persevering Through A Pandemic”.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
    --------------------
     
    About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast aims to inspire and empower Intensive Care clinicians through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care to bring their best selves to work by focusing on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.
     
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    Links to featured guests
    Dr Matthew Morgan
    Matt Morgan on Twitter @dr_mattmorgan
    Book "Critical" (by Matt Morgan)
    Matt Morgan – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
    Dr Hugh Montgomery
    Hugh Montgomery on Twitter @hugh_montgomery
    Hugh Montgomery – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
    Dr Georg Auzinger
    Georg Auzinger – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
     
    Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook
    Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on LinkedIn
    Email Andrew Davies
    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound & Media

    • 49 min
    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 2 - It Was Inconceivable

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 2 - It Was Inconceivable

    Just like a surf beach shore, waves of COVID-19 keep crashing over the world’s Intensive Care Units. The waves have been unpredictable and pattern less, ravaging the ICUs and the people that work in them, often inconceivably.
    In this second episode of the “Persevering Through A Pandemic” series, you’ll hear from Intensive Care professionals about the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to affect ICUs across the globe.
    Amongst other topics, US intensivists Drs Rana Awdish & Dr Hayley Gershengorn, and Critical Care nurse Simone Hannah-Clark talk honestly about their worst pandemic days, the feelings of guilt, fear, anxiety and overall depletion, the effects on their family, what they witnessed in their struggling colleagues and how they dealt with the strain. You’ll also hear valuable thoughts on the nursing perspective, the difficult experience of being a patient in a pandemic, and the tension between the support from the community and the flagrant COVID-19 deniers.
    There have been many emotional and heart-breaking conversations in ICUs all over the world during this pandemic. And we as their healthcare providers have emotions to express too. My belief is that we need to have conversations as colleagues, and as an Intensive Care community, about what we have been and are continuing to go through.
    My hope is that this series will help you as a listener to reflect on and to process your own pandemic experience whilst hearing lessons you might take away to your Intensive Care community.
    Thank you for listening to these wise and thoughtful Intensive Care clinicians tell you how they’ve been “Persevering Through A Pandemic”.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
    --------------------
     
    About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast aims to inspire and empower Intensive Care clinicians through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care to bring their best selves to work by focusing on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.
     
    --------------------
     
    Links to featured guests
    Dr Rana Awdish
    Rana Awdish on Twitter @RanaAwdish
    Book "In Shock" (by Rana Awdish)
    Rana Awdish – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
    Dr Hayley Gershengorn
    Hayley Gershengorn on Twitter @HBGMD
    Hayley Gershengorn – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
    CCRN Simone Hannah-Clark
    Simone Hannah-Clark on Twitter @kiwi_yankee
    Simone Hannah-Clark – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
     
    Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook
    Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on LinkedIn
    Email Andrew Davies
    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound & Media

    • 46 min
    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 1 - Sick Of COVID

    Persevering Through A Pandemic - 1 - Sick Of COVID

    Are you sick of COVID?
    How have you coped in this pandemic?
    And what’s it actually felt like to live and work throughout this last two years?
     
    Concerned for the wellbeing of healthcare professionals in the hardest hit ICUs during the COVID-19 pandemic, I interviewed a group of clinicians previously featured on the podcast.
    With an emphasis on personal wellbeing, I aimed to uncover their feelings, their struggles, their perspectives and their take-aways from this prolonged global healthcare crisis.
    My hope is to help you to reflect on and to process your own pandemic experience and to hear lessons you might take away to your Intensive Care community.
    In this first episode of a series focusing on Intensive Care clinician wellbeing during the pandemic, you’ll hear the voices of Dr Laura Rock, Dr Peter Brindley and Dr Wes Ely.
    Thank you for listening to these wise and thoughtful Intensive Care clinicians tell you how they’ve been “Persevering Through A Pandemic”.
     
    Andrew Davies
     
    --------------------
     
    About the Mastering Intensive Care podcast: The podcast aims to inspire and empower Intensive Care clinicians through conversations about the human side of Intensive Care to bring their best selves to work by focusing on compassion, collaboration and personal wellbeing.
     
    --------------------
     
    Links to featured guests
    Dr Laura Rock
    Dr Laura Rock on Twitter @drlaurarock
    Dr Laura Rock – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
    Dr Peter Brindley
    Dr Peter Brindley on Twitter @docpgb
    Dr Peter Brindley – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
    Dr Wes Ely
    Dr Wes Ely on Twitter @WesElyMD
    Book "Every Deep-Drawn Breath" (by Wes Ely)
    Dr Wes Ely – Previous episode on Mastering Intensive Care
     
    Links related to Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care podcast
    Mastering Intensive Care page on Facebook
    Mastering Intensive Care at Life In The Fast Lane
    Andrew Davies on Twitter: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on Instagram: @andrewdavies66
    Andrew Davies on LinkedIn
    Email Andrew Davies
    Audio Producer Chris Burke
    Burke Sound & Media

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Mike from PICU ,

Michael Clifford

Andrew - thank you so much for these podcasts. They provide fantastic insights into the work we do and can only help us all become better clinicians - and perhaps more insightful people. I have been sharing them with as many colleagues as I can - has to be the best way to promote the insights shared...so impressed - well done !

IanIva79 ,

James

Andrew - I’m a new ICU consultant also doing PhD and these podcasts are priceless. I’ve adopted many of the ideas from the masters. And to hear about how to make work and life balance is brilliant - all this condensed advice from people who know. I also love the humility they all have despite their epic achievements. Inspiring mate keep it up.

Mac 044 ,

ICU nurse

I am a podcast junkie, working in a Regional ICU as a ICU nurse- I’m loving Mastering Intensive Care. Congratulations Andrew, there is so much all of us can take away from you and your guests. I wish some would come out and present and inspire!!!

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