We cannot believe it is our Season Two finale! Both Clare and Craig are incredibly passionate about how politics and policy influence nursing and society more broadly. So, we are delighted, and it feels natural to end the season discussing “Nursing and Politics”.
As well as sharing their thoughts and reflections on the topic, Clare and Craig are honoured to be joined by Jeane Freeman OBE, a former nurse, member of the Scottish Parliament and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. In an open and honest interview, Jeane shares her thoughts on how nurses can influence politics and policy.
Well, that is it, we will see you in the autumn! Thank you so much for following us, and have a lovely summer.
First, Clare and Craig catch up and discuss their reasons for choosing this fortnight’s episode, “Allyship”, particularly as we reach the end of Pride Month. Next, they talk about how humbled and thrilled they are that the podcast has been shortlisted as a finalist in the RCNi Royal College of Nursing Awards 2021 in the “Innovations in Your Speciality” category #RCNAwards.
Clare and Craig are then joined by Carole Anderson, Associate Director of Quality, Performance, Planning and Programmes at NHS Golden Jubilee. She is also Chair of the SWAN LGBT charity in Scotland, the Scottish Workplace Networking for LGBT people. Carole discusses her journey and why she believes allyship is so important and what this could look like. She also discusses how this links into the NHS Scotland Pride Badge initiative, which was nationally rolled out in Scotland on June 14th #NHSScotlandPride.
Following this interview, Clare and Craig reflect on how they try to be allies across the broad spectrum of intersectionality for all those with protected characteristics and what allyship means to them. They also discuss how being inclusive allies can improve the lived experiences of our colleagues and the healthcare for the communities we serve.
First, Clare and Craig catch up and discuss their reasons for choosing this fortnight’s episode “Leaders and Followers”. Next, they are joined by two fantastic nurse leaders at different stages in their leadership journeys: Paul Jebb and Charlotte Jakab-Hall.
Paul is an Associate Chief Nurse for Patient Experience and Engagement at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. He has extensive formal management and leadership experience and sits on the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum’s Steering Committee and RCNi’s Editorial Board. Additionally, Paul sits on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s professional strategic advisory group. He also has an honorary senior lecturer’s contract at his local university and is Chair of Blackpool Carer’s Centre charity. Additionally, alongside Jeni Watts, Paul is one of the co-coordinators of the “We Are Global Nurses” movement.
Charlotte is a Safe Care Specialist Nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Chief Nurse Fellow Alumni. With her colleague, she is also the co-founder of GloSTaRs, Gloucestershire Hospitals Staff Transition & Retention Support Network. Charlotte is also the creator of @BloggersNurse, a global networking platform for nurses and all allied healthcare professionals to share their blog posts, set up to support the Nursing Now Challenge.
Following these interviews, Clare and Craig reflect on their discussions with Paul and Charlotte, their take-home messages, and how they will use these discussions to influence their leader and followership journeys.
First, Clare and Craig discuss their reasons for choosing this fortnight’s episode “Asylum Seeker Health”. Craig begins by explaining the current context regarding the United Kingdom (UK) Government Home Office’s post-Brexit proposed new Immigration and Asylum Bill 2021. He also offers, in his opinion, examples of where he believes the current Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 do not appear to work effectively to benefit the UK’s asylum-seeking and refugee populations. Clare also shares her very personal reasons for wishing to choose this topic, as though Craig works in an Asylum Health Bridging Team; this episode topic was Clare’s suggestion.
Two fantastic guests then join them. Firstly, by a self-professed, proud asylum seeker, female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor, human rights activist, and author of the best selling book, “Cut: One Woman’s Fight Against FGM in Britain Today”, Hibo Wardere. While some may find Hibo’s story a difficult listen, she is a positive beacon of light who bravely speaks out against FGM, advocating for the rights of women and girls.
Next, Clare and Craig interview Jean Saunders MBE, a registered adult nurse and health visitor. Jean is the Asylum Seeker Lead Nurse for Swansea Bay University Health Board and the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) Nurse of the Year 2019/2020. Jean discusses how she and her team have established their service for asylum-seekers in Wales, and their unique health visitor led model. She also discusses her aspirations for the future and how she hopes asylum-seeker services can improve across the UK.
Following these interviews, Clare and Craig reflect on the discussions with Hibo and Jean and why they believe it is so important all nurses and healthcare workers are aware of the particular needs of asylum-seekers and refugees in the UK, not solely those working in the specific field.
First, Clare and Craig discuss three significant nursing events from this week: #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, #InternationalNursesWeek and the Royal College of Nursing, voting to rejoin the International College of Nurses at their Annual General Meeting. Next, they discuss their decision for choosing the topic “Dying Matters” and why they believe we need to be having open and frank discussions about death, palliative and end of life care.
Their first interviewee is Dr Billy Rosa, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Nurse Practitioner. Billy works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and is particularly passionate about LGBTQ+ rights in palliative care and valuing “chosen families” and has done much work in this field.
Next, Clare interviews Dr Kathryn Mannix, a Palliative Care Physician who is passionate about getting us all better acquainted with the idea of dying well. Kathryn is also a published Sunday Times bestselling author of “With the End in Mind”.
Clare and Craig then reflect on the two very emotive, emotional, but inspiring interviews. And though they understand death and dying are complex topics for many to discuss, particularly this year with what we’ve experienced through the Covid-19 pandemic, it will inspire people to begin these conversations.
Clare and Craig share what is quite possibly their most frank, honest and open episode ever. No guests, just them turning the mic on each other. As they reflect on their first year of registration, they discuss their major milestones this year and their best and most challenging days as newly registered nurses. Also, what they’ve done to help them get through this first year, and their plans for the coming year. Lastly, they impart their advice to newly registered nurses taking up their first post.
Clare and Craig, both who became newly registered nurses as the Covid-19 pandemic broke, and we entered lockdown in the United Kingdom, catch up and discuss their reasoning for choosing this episode “Covid-19 – the Effect on Nursing. They want to know what the short and long-term effects of Covid-19 will be on individual nurses and the nursing profession, both nationally and globally.
First, they talk with Catherine Gamble, a dually registered adult and mental health nurse and Head of Nursing Education and Research at London Trust. Catherine was also the former Professional lead for Mental Health at the Royal College of Nursing.
Next, they interview registered mental health nurse Vicky Farnsworth and Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Clare Jones, who are seconded to the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub. They explain the inception of the hub following the Manchester Arena bombing and how this has been adapted to help healthcare workers and their families throughout the pandemic.
Lastly, Clare and Craig reflect on both interviews and what this all means for the future.
Clare and Craig catch up and discuss their reasoning for choosing the episode title, “When Mistakes Happen”. They discuss whether universities prepare new registrants for WHEN they make a mistake rather than IF, how the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) can be used as a punitive tool, and how new registrants can become so paralysed by the fear of making mistakes that they can result in making mistakes.
Together, Clare and Craig interview two incredibly insightful guests. Firstly, Liz Jeremiah, a registered senior staff nurse in ITU and RCN Steward. Next, the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the NMC, Andrea Sutcliffe. Clare and Craig talk to both about what to do when we make mistakes and how we can all move forward in our nursing journeys. They then reflect on these discussions and how the nursing profession can address mistakes moving forward.
WARNING: This episode may be potentially emotional or triggering for some of our listeners. Please take care of yourself first and foremost and reach out for help should you need it.
First, Clare and Craig catch up and Craig reveals some exciting news about his new job role as a community staff nurse in the Asylum Bridging Health Team. Next, they discuss their reasoning for choosing the theme, “Violence Against Women – But Nothing Really Happened”.
Together, Clare and Craig interview two fabulous guests, both from the RCN’s Feminist Network. Firstly, Lou Cahill, a registered adult nurse, and clinical coordinator at a mass vaccination centre. Lou is a passionate advocate for the rights of sex workers and highlights some of the issues these women face in society.
Next, our hosts speak to Leanne Patrick, a registered mental health nurse, and a specialist gender-based violence nurse. Leanne educates us as to what this role entails and discusses amongst many things the need to address misogyny, both as nurses in the workplace but also in society and online. Clare and Craig then reflect on these discussions and what we as a society and a profession can do to tackle violence against women.
Welcome back! And hello to all our new podcast family and listeners! Clare and Craig are truly delighted to return for series two, and cannot wait to delve into many new topics with you as they journey through nursing.
In this, our first episode back, they discuss nursing families, in particular, living with a nurse, and are joined by three very special interview guests, each with unique experiences of living with a nurse. But first, Clare and Craig catch up and discuss the proposed 1% NHS Agenda for Change pay increase and International Women’s Day!
Next, Clare interviews Ethan Jackson, the son of critical care nurse, Kayte Powell, to chat about what it’s like having a mum who is a nurse. Then Craig talks with Clare’s husband, Stuart Manley, who shares his insight of being married to a nurse – the podcast husband meets the real-life husband! Lastly, Clare has a heart-to-heart with a fellow nurse mum, who just so happens to be Craig’s mum, Carole Davidson, who is a neonatal intensive care nurse, and registered children’s and adult nurse.
Following the interviews, Clare and Craig reflect on the discussions and their hopes for series two…