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 email@example.com
24: “What I wish I’d known when I started medical school”
Medical students and graduates share what they wish someone had told them when they started medical school. We’ve made this episode particularly for the first-year medics starting University during COVID restrictions, but I think it’s useful for us all to reflect on what we’ve learnt about looking after our mental health.
Thank you so much to everyone who sent in audio clips for this episode. Also, Dr Luke Flain for finding contributors, and Dr Suzi Gage for editing.
If you’d like to get in touch, our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need support, here are a few of our recommendations:
School of Medicine Wellbeing Team (for medical students at the University of Liverpool) email@example.com
University of Liverpool Student Support Services (for nursing, allied health and other students at the University of Liverpool) https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/
NHS Staff Support Line https://people.nhs.uk/help/
Samaritans free phoneline: 116 123 firstname.lastname@example.org www.samaritans.org
23: NHS staff experiences: Dr Richard Latten
In this episode, Helen is joined by Dr Richard Latten, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Deputy Director of the Wellbeing Team at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine. Richard talks about his experiences working clinically during COVID-19, including uncertainty, the different phases of the pandemic, and a request from a patient.
If you’d like to get in touch, our email address is email@example.com, we’d love to hear your feedback.
The BPS briefing paper on psychological responses in healthcare staff during different phases of the pandemic is available here: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/psychological-needs-healthcare-staff-result-coronavirus-pandemic
In this episode Helen is joined by Dr Julie Hanna, Director of Studies for the Occupational Therapy programme at the University of Liverpool.
Julie talks about what mindfulness is, how it can be incorporated into your life, and why it could be particularly useful to students at the moment.
The episode also includes a guided mindfulness meditation to try.
References & resources mentioned in this episode: Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990, 2013) Full Catastrophe Living. London: Piatkus. Morgan, P., Simpson, J., & Smith, A. (2014).
Health Care Workers’ Experiences of Mindfulness Training: a Qualitative Review. Mindfulness, 1-15, doi:10.1007/s12671-014-0313-3. Poys, W. T. M., Meulenbeek, P. A. M., Veehof, M. M. Klungers, J. and Bohlmeijer, E. T. (2014)
The efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy as a Public Mental health Intervention for Adults with Mild to Moderate Depressive Symptomatology: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PloS ONE, 9 (10), 1-12 Using handwashing as a prompt for mindfulness: https://www.tenpercent.com/meditationweeklyblog/meditation-and-coronavirus
The Headspace App: https://www.headspace.com/
Julie also recommends: Williams, M. and Penman, D. (2011) Mindfulness, a Practical Guide to Finding Mindfulness in a Frantic World. London: Hachette Digital Wax, R. (2016)
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled http://mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk/resources/mindfulness-resources-for-students/
21: COVID conspiracy theories
In this episode Suzi is joined by junior doctor and comedian Matthew Hutchinson to talk about conspiracy theories around covid, and healthcare more generally. Matt provides great insight in to why people might hold these conspiracy theories, and also offers advice on when and how to challenge them, and when it's better not to engage.
Here are some links:
I love this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - offers some research and some great advice at the end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b_eHBZLM6U
Here’s a brief summary of common conspiracy theory belief structure - https://www.lse.ac.uk/PBS/Research/Research-archive/The-conspiratorial-worldview
Article on speaking to conspiracy theorists - https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/07/15/1004950/how-to-talk-to-conspiracy-theorists-and-still-be-kind/
20: Ethics of Care
Helen is joined by Dr Teodora Manea Hauskeller, Lecturer in Clinical Ethics at the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool. They talk about the ethics of care during the pandemic, and how themes in the student experience episodes (5, 8, 11, 15 & 16) illustrate these concepts: considering the effects of PPE, visiting restrictions, and technology through a lens of medical ethics and philosophy.
Mentioned in this episode:
M. Barnes, Care in Everyday Life. An ethic of care in practice, Bristol: Policy Press, 2012.
R. Barthes, Camera Lucida. Reflections on Photography, tr., R. Howard, London: Vintage Books, 2000.
B. Fisher, J.C. Tronto, ‘Toward a Feminist Theory of Caring’, in Circles of Care, (E.K. Abel, M. Nelson (eds), Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.
A. Giddens, Modernity and Self-identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1991.
M. Heidegger, Being and Time, Oxford: Blackwell, 1967.
V. Held, The Ethics of Care. Personal, Political and Global (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
E. Levinas, Ethics and Infinity, tr. R. Cohen, R.A. Cohen, Duquesne University Press, 1985.
J.C. Tronto, Moral Boundaries. A politic argument for an ethic of care, London and New York: Routledge, 1993.
* For Hundertwasser ‘skins’ see: https://hundertwasser.com/en/applied-art/apa382_mens_five_skins_1975
The new School of Medicine Ethics modules: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/medicine/study-with-us/cpd/courses-and-modules/appliedethicsforclinicalpracticei/
19: Moral Distress
Suzi is joined by Vicky Thornton, who is the Head of Nursing at the University of Liverpool, to talk about moral distress and moral injury – two related concepts whereby a person feels unable to act in a way that aligns with their morals due to circumstances beyond their control - and the pressure or strain this can place on a person, as well as providing advice as to how to manage such feelings.
Some recommended reading for people who want to know more:
Moral Injury in Times of COVID-19 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42843-020-00011-4
Occupational Medicine editorial about covid and moral injury https://academic.oup.com/occmed/article/70/5/317/5814939
BMC Medical Ethics article about covid and conflicting ethics advice https://bmcmedethics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12910-020-00491-5
Special issue on moral injury in the Journal of Traumatic Stress https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jts.22405
An article about covid and mental health impacts https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/inm.12726
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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!
Very useful podcast