Hosted by staff nurse John-Barry Waldron, who has worked at St Andrew's Healthcare for 15 years, 'On the Ward' challenges some of the myths and taboos around complex mental illness in the UK today, as it explores what really happens behind the walls of a secure psychiatric hospital.
S2 : EP4 | The Family Episode
We're back with our latest episode of our award-winning podcast! This episode is very special, as for the first time ever, we speak to a newly discharged patient and their carer, as they talk about a wonderful story of recovery, hope, and...
S2 : EP3 | Off The Ward, Offending and Mental Health
In this special edition of our award-winning podcast, we go Off the Ward, and speak to those working and accessing mental health treatment in the criminal justice system.Find out how the support which St Andrew's is providing is helping address mental...
S2 : EP2 | Social Life
In this episode, Staff Nurse and host John Waldron talks about the social aspect of mental health, and how social life can affect people inside and outside the hospital. Join John, a former patient, and a social worker, as they discuss the challenges...
S2 : EP1 | Surviving a Global Pandemic
We're back with series two of On the Ward. A lot has changed, the ward has gone through a global pandemic, making life harder for both patients and staff. In this episode we hear from a staff member who contracted Covid and ended up in hospital, and a...
On the Ward: Lockdown
St Andrew’s Healthcare is back with a one-off special exploring what life is like for patients and staff on a secure mental health ward during the COVID-19 outbreak.From being unable to go out, or see family face-to-face, to staff having to wear PPE,...
S1:Ep5 | On the Ward: Your questions answered
John is on hand to answer questions from the public on life inside a psychiatric hospital
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I have listened to every episode and always find them so intriguing and a really valuable and honest way to learn more about life in hospital. A great companion for a weekend run 👍🏼
I’m a psychiatric healthcare assistant and absolutely love this podcast! The interview process is respectful towards service users with a real insight into what it’s like being in a mental health hospital.
Really interesting insight. Always look forward to a new episode.