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These are our realities, and we are the casualties – COVID-19

This blog is part writing therapy, part rant, part activism, part distress, part processing, part making peace. It flicks seamlessly between all of the above, so you never know quite what ‘part’ you’re in when you read it, heck sometimes…

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2019 Review Blog – What A Year!

Well, what a year 2019 has been. Not the best on the health front by any stretch of the imagination, but an incredible year in many other ways. This year is the year I was announced as the 9th most…

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ITV Corrie – Sinead Storyline – Wish They’d Included An Advance Care Planning Conversation?

I have been watching the Coronation Street storyline about Sinead dying from terminal cancer with great focus. Corrie tackling an important topic, not just cervical cancer, but death and dying too. I feel they've done well with the storyline, whilst…

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Meeting 2 of the NHS Assembly: Supporting Carers, Workforce and Environmental Impact

I’ll start this blog with “Happy 71st Birthday NHS!”. What an institution our NHS is, and what it achieves, I’m living proof of the success of our NHS, despite the challenges it faces. If you want to know what the…

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Sitting on the NHS Assembly & Supporting Implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan

With everything going on in the country currently, you’d be hard pressed to be able to ignore the negative press around the NHS, its future, the care it’s providing, patient satisfaction, and how other countries (without naming them) are trying…

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Communication in Healthcare: My Experiences & Thoughts

This blog is an adaptation of a speech I recently gave at King George Hospital, Ilford, at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust day on palliative and end of life care. It was well received and I…

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2018 – What A Year! & Looking Ahead to 2019

What a year 2018 has been. Such highs, such lows, but overall, it’s been an incredible year. I have had such fun, achieved a lot, received recognition for my work, been involved with even more work and projects, I’ve given…

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I Have A Mitochondrial Disease: Update On The Search For A Diagnosis

Thursday 15th November I had a neuromuscular follow up with my fantastic consultant Dr Ros Quinlivan at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. I've been seeing Dr Quinlivan after I was referred to the National Rare Mitochondrial Disease Service,…

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NHS Peer Leadership Academy: Day 6 – The Final Day

And so it is, the final day of the Autumn 2018 cohort of the NHS Peer Leadership Academy. This continues with my series in which you can read previous blogs sharing my PLA journey by clicking the hyperlinked text for…

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NHS Peer Leadership Academy: Day 4 (second residential)

So, continuing my series about the NHS Peer Leadership Academy, here’s an update on Day 4 (aka day 2 of the second two-day residential, the first residential being in September, the final residential being in November). I am now home…

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