9 episodes

Welcome to Changing Lives. We're the new podcast for the staff at Cygnet Health Care. Our staff really do change people's lives. We come from all walks of life and have a diverse range of skills, expertise, and knowledge. Every single one of our staff helps to empower people to change their lives for the better. This podcast celebrates the great work they do and shares their stories and experiences to help colleagues celebrate and learn from each other. Thanks for listening. It really does mean a lot to us.

Changing Lives. The podcast for staff at Cygnet Health Care Cygnet Health Care

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Welcome to Changing Lives. We're the new podcast for the staff at Cygnet Health Care. Our staff really do change people's lives. We come from all walks of life and have a diverse range of skills, expertise, and knowledge. Every single one of our staff helps to empower people to change their lives for the better. This podcast celebrates the great work they do and shares their stories and experiences to help colleagues celebrate and learn from each other. Thanks for listening. It really does mean a lot to us.

    Nurturing our community together

    Nurturing our community together

    In this episode we visit Cygnet Brunel, a service providing neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative rehabilitation for men with mental health difficulties and acquired brain injuries.
    We caught up with Hospital Manager, Stephanie Coxon and the staff team and services users to hear about some of the coproduced initiatives they’ve been working on recently. 
    We chat to service user Miles about a community engagement programme he’s designed to encourage and enhance service user-led activity sessions, supported by the MDT at Brunel. Miles’ project is the first service user-led Quality Improvement project at Cygnet and he shares how it’s given him the tools, knowledge and confidence to aide his recovery journey and his hopes to inspire others to do the same. 
    The Friendly Bean Café was borne from the pandemic and the lockdowns which stripped everyone of access to the community. We hear from young entrepreneurial service user and Café Manager, Callum, about how the café has turned the previously unused atrium at Brunel into a buzzing community area where staff and service users come together.

    • 31 min
    Induction with a difference

    Induction with a difference

    A great employee induction can make all the difference between new joiners enjoying a long, successful career at an organisation or leaving before their probation period is complete.
    In this episode of the Changing Lives podcast, Specialist Trainer, Adrian Ashurst, catches up with the team at Cygnet Hospital Maidstone to hear about the holistic induction they’ve introduced to support new starters. 

    Adrian chats to General Manager, Alison McCulloch, Hospital Manager, Louisa Powell, and Support Worker, Audrey Matsika, about what it’s like working in mental health care for the first time and share some practical tips and inspiration about how to take an induction programme to the next level. 

    • 23 min
    Inspiring self recovery: a sunrise of good feeling

    Inspiring self recovery: a sunrise of good feeling

    In this episode we’re at Gledholt Mews talking with resident Peter Adu about Duzy Arts – a social enterprise he has launched to support individuals living in mental health services.

    We also chat to Service Manager, Enrique Jose Chacoris, and some of the staff team at Gledholt Mews about their unique approach to mental health and what makes the service so special.

    In Peter's own words, this episode "provides a sunrise of good feeling and hope for improvement of how people in mental health are treated, this includes staff."

    Peter's hope is that people buy from www.duzyarts.com as extra support to help former residents reach their hopes and dreams to move on, enjoy life and build a sustainable interest to keep occupied and well. Visit Peter's website www.ozworlds.com for more information. 
     
     

    • 34 min
    Joining Cygnet as an international doctor

    Joining Cygnet as an international doctor

    In this episode we learn about Cygnet’s international doctor programme. 

    There is a lot to consider when relocating from one country to another for work. So, what’s it like to be an international doctor? What are the challenges and opportunities? And what support does Cygnet offer for overseas colleagues, both professionally and personally?
    Hear from Dr Sami, Dr Dave Barker, Dr Nnamdi Chi-Nwankwo and Becky Casson as they take us through the journey of arriving at Cygnet as an international doctor. From induction to career progression, everyone's made to feel welcome when they join the Cygnet family.

    • 39 min
    Co-producing the Evergreen Cafe

    Co-producing the Evergreen Cafe

    In this episode of Changing Lives we visit The Fields in Sheffield, a residential service for adults with learning disabilities. 

    We spoke with the staff team and resident Michael about their new Evergreen Cafe, which was born out of the People's Council meetings and has been co-produced by staff and residents at The Fields.
    Why is co-production so crucial in health and social care? How can we work with residents to create a sense of home? And what opportunities do we have to empower people to fill their days with purpose? We answer these questions and more in this episode.

    • 22 min
    Creating a sense of belonging in teams

    Creating a sense of belonging in teams

    Creating a sense of belonging is really important, especially in a new service like Joyce Parker Hospital. 
    In this episode of the Changing Lives Podcast, Stacey chats about belonging with Louise and Rachael who work together at Joyce Parker Hospital. 
    Stacey Spooner is a Clinical Team Leader / Ward Manager, Louise Hales is a Mental Health Nurse, and Rachael Tooley is a Senior Support Worker. 
    What does belonging look like? What’s it like being part of an entirely new service? What have been the challenges? What have been the positives? And how can teams foster that sense of belonging and community? Stacey, Louise and Rachael cover this, and more, in this episode. 

    • 20 min

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