37 episodes

A podcast focusing on practical ways to look after your mental wellbeing, applying evidence-based approaches to real life situations. Whilst primarily aimed at medical, nursing and allied health students working in the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope it will be helpful for anyone adapting to difficult change at the moment.



We’d like the podcast to respond to the challenges you’re facing, so please let us know your questions and concerns at covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk

Coping with COVID podcast Dr Helen West and Dr Suzi Gage, Department of Psychology, University of Liverpool

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A podcast focusing on practical ways to look after your mental wellbeing, applying evidence-based approaches to real life situations. Whilst primarily aimed at medical, nursing and allied health students working in the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope it will be helpful for anyone adapting to difficult change at the moment.



We’d like the podcast to respond to the challenges you’re facing, so please let us know your questions and concerns at covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk

    37: Student & staff experiences: Shivani 

    37: Student & staff experiences: Shivani 

    In this episode Helen is joined by Shivani, who graduated in Medicine in 2021. Shivani looks back on her experiences of 5th year, and how reflection and journaling unexpectedly helped her cope with lockdowns and difficult situations on placement.

    • 16 min
    36: Student & staff experiences: Niamh 

    36: Student & staff experiences: Niamh 

    Niamh graduated in Medicine in 2021 and was Wellbeing rep for LivPsych last year. Last Christmas, she wrote a blogpost about the “12 Days of Wellbeing”, including the Ultimate Boxing Day Sandwich: https://mindinconversation.wordpress.com/2020/12/23/niamhs-12-days-of-wellbeing/



    If you’re a medical, nursing or AHP student, and you’d like to talk on the podcast about your experiences of working or studying during the COVID-19 pandemic, please get in touch with us. Contact us at: covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk

    • 13 min
    35: Vaccination

    35: Vaccination

    Medical students have made a vital contribution to the COVID vaccination programme in Liverpool There have been lots of challenges along the way, but it has transformed many people’s lives and is changing how healthcare is delivered. In this episode Helen talks to Aileen, who recently graduated in medicine and worked as a vaccinator, and Rachel Stead who coordinates the programme.



    The Guardian article Rachel refers to is here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/04/inspiring-confidence-liverpool-gps-tackle-the-vaccine-race-gap



    Episode 21 has more discussion about COVID misinformation and conspiracy theories.

    • 24 min
    34. Student & staff experiences: Henry

    34. Student & staff experiences: Henry

    After a break in podcast episodes, we’re back with a second series. Things are very different to when we were releasing podcast episodes before, but we are still “Coping with COVID” in various ways.



    In this episode, Helen is joined by Henry, who recently graduated in Medicine. He talks about some of the situations he found most difficult during his final year, and the feeling of having ‘missed out’ that I’m sure many of us can relate to.



    If you’re a medical, nursing or AHP student, and you’d like to talk on the podcast about your experiences of working or studying during the COVID-19 pandemic, please get in touch with us. Contact us at: covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk



    If you need support, here are a few of our recommendations:



    School of Medicine Wellbeing Team (for medical students at the University of Liverpool) wellbeing.mbchb@liverpool.ac.uk



    University of Liverpool Student Support Services (for nursing, AHP and other students at the University of Liverpool) https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/



    Employee Assistance Programme (for staff at the University of Liverpool) https://staff.liverpool.ac.uk/our-workplace-and-community/support-and-development/employee-assistance-programme/)



    NHS Staff Support Line https://people.nhs.uk/help/



    Samaritans free phoneline: 116 123   jo@samaritans.org   www.samaritans.org



     

    • 15 min
    33: Resilience resources

    33: Resilience resources

    Helen discusses resilience with Dr Warren Donnellan. Warren talks about the ecological model of resilience and identifying the resources that can help us through challenging times.

    Here are links to the two papers that Warren refers to in the podcast:



    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13607863.2014.977771?journalCode=camh20



    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2016.1209734



    Here are two podcast episodes in which Warren discusses carer resilience in particular:

    https://www.mobiliseonline.co.uk/podcast/episode/210f92f1/bonus-research-episode-dr-warren-donnellan



    https://www.buzzsprout.com/775076/5723926-6-dr-warren-donnellan

    • 21 min
    32: Student experiences: Etienne

    32: Student experiences: Etienne

    In this episode, Helen is joined by Etienne, a third year diagnostic radiography student who has worked and been on placement in the NHS during COVID-19. We talked about how placements have been different during the pandemic, and what parts of the experience have stood out for her.



    If you’re a medical, nursing or AHP student, and you’d like to talk on the podcast about your experiences of working or studying, please get in touch with us at: covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk



    If you need support, here are a few of our recommendations:



    School of Medicine Wellbeing Team (for medical students at the University of Liverpool) wellbeing.mbchb@liverpool.ac.uk

    University of Liverpool Student Support Services (for nursing, allied health and other students at the University of Liverpool) https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/

    Employee Assistance Programme (for staff at the University of Liverpool) https://staff.liverpool.ac.uk/our-workplace-and-community/support-and-development/employee-assistance-programme/)

    NHS Staff Support Line https://people.nhs.uk/help/

    Samaritans free phoneline: 116 123 jo@samaritans.org  https://www.samaritans.org

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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Bethany'kate ,

Eye opening short stories!

I found these episodes really interesting and the stories were very real and relevant to the times! Episodes are such a good length to pop on when you have a spare 20 minutes!

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Very useful podcast

Very useful!

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