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What a mad few days! It started on Tuesday with the warning that the ‘Beast From the East’ was coming. Although it was predicted to only hit the east side of the UK I thought I’d best prepare. Or at any rate buy some thermal tights. To be fair we’ve had these kind of armageddon… Continue reading Do you want to build a snowman?
When I started writing this blog a couple of weeks ago there had just been the GMC ruling over Dr Bawa-Garba. Not surprisingly it sent shockwaves through the medical profession. One of the main issues was around rota gaps and trainees being stretched even further in order to cover them. As I’ve mentioned before I am… Continue reading Here comes the sun
Happy New Year! We haven’t exactly got off to a flying start. To be honest the NHS is usually hit pretty hard at this time but nothing like we’ve experienced this year. However I don’t want to waste what precious time you have talking about the flu or the so called ‘NHS crisis’. It’s… Continue reading Shine bright like a diamond
So I’ve been a bit quiet of late on the blog front. My head has been rammed with all things work related specifically the medical rota. I don’t think it’s any secret that things had not been going as well as we’d hoped. We had (and still do have) significant staff shortages. It was becoming… Continue reading Everything is everything…
Up until this week I’d considered the concept of ‘team work’ to be within the context of sport. Organisations such as the NHS have also adopted it however I’d never really thought about it within the context of music. My daughter has recently started learning the glockenspiel and plays in the school band. She’s pretty… Continue reading Music
Today was a great day. I flew a plane! Ok, not an actual plane, I’d booked a session in a simulator next to Glasgow Airport. For those who don’t know I am a recovering flying phobic. A couple of years ago I decided to do something about it and went on Virgin’s ‘Flying without Fear’… Continue reading Danger Zone
Three exciting things happened this week – I hosted my first ever Journal Club on Twitter, I attended the BMA Women in Medicine event and also presented at the Geriatrics for Juniors conference in Newcastle. All very different but all with one thing in common – bringing people together. My feeling over the past few… Continue reading A Whole New World
The joy of being on holiday is guilt free daytime telly viewing. I have watched all kinds of rubbish this week but one thing that caught my eye was on Lorraine Kelly’s show ‘Does your workplace offer any support for women going through menopause?’ Apparently Lorraine is running a series called the ‘M Word’. Now… Continue reading It’s all so quiet
My previous blog generated a fair bit of discussion around mental health and it’s something that’s still on my mind a couple of weeks later. Since adopting (or at least trying to adopt) the 4 agreements the one I’m having the most success with is ‘take nothing personally’. It really is quite liberating! That said… Continue reading Día de los Muertos
When I started writing these blogs it was with the intention of starting some conversations and understanding different perspectives. Most of all I wanted them to be authentic. This week I gave serious thought to resigning. A perfect storm of events last week lead me to sit down and try to put into words why.… Continue reading You Got the Love