Knowing Your Team – Part 2

Paul Twose & Gareth Cornell

Susan McGowan, Helen Newman &
Rachel Jones

Welcome back to FICMLearning Podcasts.

In the second part of our podcast series on ‘Knowing Your Team’ we will be looking at the roles of physiotherapy and speech and language therapy in the management of critically ill patients. It is so inspiring, listening to how these specialists have an enormous amount to offer in both the acute and long-term rehabilitation of critical care patients. 

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Recruitment Blog Double: Getting a job during a time of change & Recruitment as an IMG

Liz Thomas
Shashikumar Chandrashekaraiah

A recruitment blog double from Dr Liz Thomas and Dr Shashikumar Chandrashekaraiah.

Liz discusses getting a job in a time of change and Shashikumar tells us about recruitment as an IMG.

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Knowing Your Team – Part 1

Greg Barton,
Ella Terblanche,
Danielle Bear

Welcome back to another year of FICMLearning Podcasts.  

This is the first part of a podcast series we will be running to raise the profile of the critical care multidisciplinary team. We hope that this will highlight the vital contribution that each member of the critical care team makes to the complex management of patients on the intensive care unit and how effective collaboration between team members helps to ensure successful outcomes after critical illness. 

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My path to critical care pharmacy and the FICM Pharmacy Sub-Committee

Emma Taylor

I originally chose to study pharmacy after being inspired by some family-friends who owned their own community pharmacy. I studied at Nottingham University, and only changed my mindset towards hospital pharmacy at the very end of my degree and managed to secure my Pre-Registration Pharmacist year in my local district general hospital. My training was excellent, I loved the clinical aspects of the job, and I was encouraged by the team to progress my career in hospital pharmacy.

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Dr Laura Allan

Jasmine Medhora
Laura Allan

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Laura Allan, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine Registrar

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Dr Roxy Bloomfield

Jasmine Medhora
Roxy Bloomfield

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Roxy Bloomfield, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Dr Deborah Owen

Jasmine Medhora
Deborah Owen

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Dr Deborah Owen, Intensive Care Medicine Registrar

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Dr Caroline Lacey

Jasmine Medhora
Caroline Lacey

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Dr Caroline Lacey, Intensive Care Medicine Registrar

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Alice Coulson

Jasmine Medhora
Alice Coulson

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Alice Coulson, Trainee Advanced Critical Care Practitioner

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Dr Louise Hartley

Jasmine Medhora
Louise Hartley

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Dr Louise Hartley, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Nicola Clark

Jasmine Medhora
Nicola Clark

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Nicola Clark, Physician’s Associate, Intensive Care

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WICM: Inspiring Careers in Critical Care – Dr Joanna Thirsk

Jasmine Medhora
Joanna Thirsk

Introduction from the interviewer:

My time working in Intensive Care as an ACCS-EM trainee was one of the most influential periods of my career so far. I worked with a truly incredible team.  During the lockdown period, I was able to reflect on my time in Intensive Care and my role as a woman in medicine. As part of this, I approached eight women in the Intensive Care team to share their inspiration and their perspective. It was a privilege to hear their stories. Thank you to WICM for this platform and to the women you will read about, for their time and their words.

Dr Jasmine Medhora

Dr Joanna Thirsk, Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine Registrar

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Coffee afternoons, baby yoga and a masters?

Samantha Batt-Rawden

As a dual trainee who had never jumped off the training treadmill, I was looking forward to my maternity leave. I had pictured long coffee afternoons with other new mothers, taking up baking and trying my hand at baby yoga. Heck, I had thought I was going to be so refreshed by what I thought would be a break I might even sign up to do a part-time Masters in my ‘time off’.

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Working as an International Medical Graduate with a BAME Background during COVID-19

Shashi Chandrashekaraiah, Sushruth Raghunath, Avinash Jha, Arif Akbar, Ikenga Samuel & Mohammed Elshamy

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) account for approximately 25% of the current UK trainee doctor workforce and are predominantly of black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. There has been a lot of discussion during the current COVID-19 crisis about IMGs and their contribution to the NHS, VISA/Immigration health surcharge and the more important topic of increased mortality among BAME doctors from COVID-19.

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Who still believes in Santa and science?

Matt Morgan

As I look through my office window at yellowing patches of summer grass, it may seem strange to talk about Christmas. But these are strange times. I remember being told that there are three stages of life – first you believe in Santa, then you don’t believe in Santa, then you are Santa.

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Finding a consultant post: Why district general ICM was the right choice for me

Debbie Kerr

The final years of training can be somewhat of an emotional roller-coaster – you’re excited to finally see the ‘reward’ for all those years of hard work, but anxious about taking on a new post and responsibilities. Perhaps one of the more difficult considerations is where you want to work as a consultant, and how this will influence your career progression after training… it certainly was for me! In this blog, I wanted to share my thoughts about finding a consultant post, and why becoming a district general ICU consultant was the right choice for me.

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Time to Change!

Nish Desai

The time has come; Striking the Balance our first ever WICM meeting on 27 September 2019, on a rather wet Friday at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. In all the excitement leading up to the event, I recall speaking to Lucy Rowan at the Faculty the day before to discuss the day and shared my rather nervous feelings about writing this blog.

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Being Male in Medicine – Changing Social Gender-Based Expectations

Rosie Baurah & Mark Hughes

On the 2nd of June I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Woman In Surgery Scottish Meeting at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. The programme was packed full of enthusiastic and informative speakers – and one of them, Mr Mark Hughes, an ST8 in neurosurgery who I have the privilege to work with at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, also happened to be male!

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Neurocritical Care – why I love what I do and succession planning!

Manni Wariach

After two amazing years at Southampton Neuro ICU and 50,000 miles on the clock, I am moving back to London to be closer to my girls. Thinking about succession planning for my post has allowed me to enthuse to the Wessex ICM trainees about how rewarding my job has been here. So why should they consider applying for my job?

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Returning to Work

Rosie Baruah

There is increased awareness amongst the medical royal colleges of the challenges of returning to work after a long period away, and the need for this to be a structured, managed process.  The Faculty is developing its own Return to Work (RTW) guidance, which will be a synthesis of the guidance provided by its constituent colleges.

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