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The podcast for GPs and other primary care professionals using the medical media as a springboard to help you target your CPD. In each episode we’ll look at the general picture of what’s going on in the newspaper health pages, daytime TV, online and even radio if it’s relevant. Nothing’s off limits and some of the big TV dramas will get a look in too. We’ll also take some time to chat to a fellow medical colleague about a featured programme in more detail... You can follow us on Twitter and ...
 
The podcast for GPs, hospital doctors and other professionals in high-stakes, high-stress jobs who want to thrive rather than just survive. You studied for years, you're really good at what you do but you've noticed that you're starting to feel overwhelmed, overworked and under-resourced. You may be comparing yourself to a frog in boiling water - the heat has built up so slowly that you haven’t noticed the extra-long days becoming the norm. You may feel on the edge and trapped in the very jo ...
 
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Prof Susan Fairley and Dr Jane Sturgess join us in this episode to discuss how to create a workplace where you can handle difficult conversations and not shy away from failure. Episode Highlights [07:07] The Workplace and the Individual There should be a system at work that allows other people to challenge someone who is not doing the right thing. …
 
Joining us in this episode is Dr. Chris Hewitt who also uses the metaphor of a man-frog in coaching professionals to have a better work-life balance. Chris talks about why we find it so hard to recognize burnout. He also shares his top tips and practical strategies to address work dissatisfaction. Here are three reasons why you should listen to the…
 
This week Nik is joined by Derbyshire GP Dr Tara George to talk about the recent BBC drama 'Three Families'. They explore stigma and discuss the stories of the three families featured in the drama as they cope with loss and being alone, in the context what it was like to live in Northern Ireland before their abortion law was lifted in 2019. There's…
 
Drs Jessica Harland, Heidi Mounsey and Caroline Walker join us in this episode to discuss how to survive the process of receiving and going through a complaint. Episode Highlights [11:12] Why Don’t We Talk About Complaints? So much of a health professional’s self-esteem is based on their career. [13:47] How People Feel When They Make a Mistake at W…
 
This week Nik is joined by low carb GP Dr David Unwin and clinical psychologist Dr Jen Unwin to discuss the fascinating and worrying topic of sugar addiction in the context of ultra processed foods and the recent BBC documentary with Dr Chris van Tulleken "What are we feeding our kids?" Are we a nation of carb and sugar addicts? We also have our us…
 
Steve Andrews joins us to share the five important questions that will help you check in with your colleagues, rather than check up on them. Through these five questions, leaders can find out how their people really are, help them to solve their own problems and communicate empathy and support. [05:00] Rebuilding the NHS after the COVID Crisis Stev…
 
This week Nik is joined by Dr Naren Senthil Nathan to discuss the Netflix documentary 'The Playbook. Doc Rivers: A Coach's Rules for Life'. We discover Ubuntu which means "I am, because you are" and explore the concept that a person is a person through other people. What can we learn from this, and how can it help us to navigate the current primary…
 
Do you live in fear that you’ll make a mistake at work? When it does happen, do you find it hard to cope and move forwards? Doctors and other professionals are also human — making mistakes is normal. Knowing this, however, doesn’t take away the stress that comes with going through a complaint or investigation. Since we know that we’re bound to make…
 
This week Nik is joined by Dr James Thambyrajah again, and their discussion turns out to have a distinct mental health theme. The main focus is Tom Holland's recent movie on Apple TV + 'Cherry'. Could this lead to a patient presenting to us in primary care with PTSD- would you be ready for them? We also have the usual look at the medical news headl…
 
This week, Dr Katya Miles returns to talk to us about spotting burnout and giving yourself permission to thrive. Episode Highlights [05:53] Overcoming Perfectionism We need to embrace learning through making mistakes. We often beat ourselves up even if nobody else knows the right thing to do. [11:37] Factors That Lead to Burnout Many professionals …
 
This week Dr Lucy Cox and Dr Helen Barnes from Red Whale's women's health team join Nik to discuss the recent Channel 4 documentary 'Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause'. It's great to have the menopause being discussed on prime time TV, and it certainly gave us a lot to talk about as we tried to see the issues brought up from different ang…
 
A complaint or investigation is one of the most stressful things you can experience as a healthcare professional, and this is true no matter what sort of job you do. However, we can’t live and work in fear of complaints and we should certainly not beat ourselves up when we make a mistake (and we will do). There are better ways to handle these situa…
 
This week GP Dr Jess Harland is back, and talks to us about ‘The Surrogates’ a documentary first shown on BBC3, and now available on the iPlayer. This leads to an interesting conversation where we realise that all of us have our own experience of the fertility journey, and we don’t need to have experienced it all to be able to empathise with others…
 
Dr Andrew Tresidder joins us to talk about denial, displacement and other ways medical practitioners and other professionals in high stress jobs neglect themselves. Episode Highlights [04:46] Burnout Among Health Practitioners Medical and health professionals don't understand health as a holistic concept. The health industry workload gets heavier e…
 
This week our guest is Nick Inge CEO of iTrust Assurance, a whistleblowing consultancy. He is also a former police officer who has worked in counter terrorism and is the ideal person to give us the inside track on the drama of the moment: 'Line Of Duty' on BBC TV. What does he predict will happen? Who is the fourth man?! We talk about how wrong doi…
 
Dr. Hussain Gandhi, or Dr. Gandalf of eGPlearning, joins us in this episode. He is a GP, PCN director, and host of the eGP Learning Podblast that shares deep dives into health tech for primary care. He shares his tech and time hacks for hybrid working to survive and thrive in the new virtual environment. If you want to find out how to improve your …
 
This week consultant paediatrician Dr Jamie Carter joins Nik to discuss the BBC documentary series 'Football's darkest secret', and the child abuse that football ignored. Decades later, the survivors' voices have finally been heard. At least 50% of your safeguarding Level 3 training should be met through participatory (interactive) events. However,…
 
In this episode, Annie Hanekom chats with Rachel about how we need to step out of the drama triangle to have a better and healthier relationship with our colleagues. Episode Highlights [04:28] Enneagram Type 2 or The Rescuer In its simplest form, an Enneagram is a profiling tool. [06:09] The Rescuer in Its Truest Form Type 2s or The Rescuers are mo…
 
This week Nottingham GP Dr Jamie Parker joins Nik to talk about the Netflix film starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, 'The Dig'- and how watching this might lead on to discussions regarding end of life care. How can we get better at these difficult conversations? There's also the usual look at the medical news headlines and the week on daytim…
 
This week GP Katharine McClenaghan joins Nik to talk about the documentary available on Curzon: " The Ponds" which charts a year in the lives of the men and women who swim in the cold water of the ponds at Hampstead Heath- some of them on a daily basis. It's a joyful and uplifting documentary, but is there any science behind the anecdotal benefits …
 
Dr Ed Pooley joins us to share his take on time management techniques for busy individuals. Episode Highlights [05:38] The Importance of Maturity and Exploration in Medicine Entering medicine later in life can give you more experience under your belt. Ed also thinks it’s important to explore different processes outside of medicine. He examines what…
 
We're having a short break over Easter but I wanted to share one of our earlier episodes with you again. This was recorded and released long before the COVID pandemic but I think it's never been more relevant than now. In this episode (originally released on 12th November 2019), Rachel is joined by Agnes Otzelberger, a trainer, research and activis…
 
Vulnerability or oversharing? Only one of them takes courage... For this episode, Nik's joined by Dr Caroline Walker: psychiatrist, therapist, speaker, trainer, coach, and founder of The Joyful Doctor. They want YOU to feel better this week, so they're discussing the inspirational Netflix documentary 'Brené Brown: The Call to Courage' , and use it …
 
Do you feel lonely and isolated at work? Do you feel as if you have no one with whom to share your issues? Are you looking for your tribe—your community of like-minded individuals? We sometimes separate our professional lives from our personal lives and are totally different people at home. It can be challenging to share your concerns with colleagu…
 
This week Nik is joined again by GP Abbie Brooks to discuss the most talked about show of the season! What can Regency era London seen in Bridgerton teach us about birth control knowledge amongst young people today, and engaging with patients via social media? Quite a lot in fact!... We also have the usual look at the medical news headlines and the…
 
Have you ever wondered why you feel so exhausted even if you’ve just been at home all day? If your someone who works from home a lot more than ever before, feeling tired is completely understandable. Before the pandemic, ‘work’ and ‘home’ didn’t often go together. But now, working well from home is expected of us. However, it’s difficult to fulfill…
 
In a week when there were two high profile documentaries about suicide on TV, Nik is joined by Dr Lee David -a GP and CBT therapist with special interests in mental health and resilience, compassion, behaviour change and education for health professionals. We discuss the BBC documentary 'Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency' and the Channel 4 documenta…
 
This week, Dr Claire Kaye joins us to discuss how we can find the career we love. We share tips and talk about networking, diversifying and overcoming career challenges. Episode Highlights [04:16] Claire's Career Journey on How to Find a Career You Love As a GP trainee, Claire knew that she didn't want to be doing clinics nine times a week. Claire …
 
This week Dr Nighat Arif, who you might know from her work as a GP and women's health specialist on 'BBC Breakfast' and 'This Morning', joins Nik to discuss the hard hitting BBC drama ' I May Destroy You'. We discuss how to prepare to make sure you are ready if a patient discloses that they have been sexually assaulted. We have the usual look at th…
 
This week, Scott Chambers joins us to talk about psychological safety in teams. Episode Highlights [11:29] What Does Low Psychological Safety Look Like? Difficulty collaborating is because of low psychological safety. People in low safety environments can exhibit unresponsiveness. We always want to be heard, but we don’t always listen. [14:52] How …
 
This week Nik's joined by Philippa Harris, who is a learning disability liaison nurse, to discuss the BBC documentary 'Katie Price: Harvey and me". How does Philippa help patients with learning disability that come into hospital either for acute or elective admissions? What could we be doing better in primary care? We have the usual look at the new…
 
Do you feel like you’re constantly chasing your tail in everything you do? Have you ever felt like you’d be more productive and successful if you just had more time? With so much on our plates, it seems like the only option is to sacrifice quality time with our loved ones and for ourselves. But if you’re stressed and overwhelmed, fret not! There ar…
 
Jill, Ritchie, Colin, Roscoe, Ash and Gregory had such an impact on everyone who watched, that we couldn't just cover the first 2 epsiodes. This week Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan and Dr Rex Melville are back to talk about the final 3 episodes of 'It's A Sin'. We've had several messages from people sharing their experiences of what it was like caring for …
 
This week, Richard Jamieson joins us to discuss how using breathing techniques can help you de-stress and keep calm. Episode Highlights [05:14] The Accessibility Of Breathwork Practising meditation and mindfulness helps cope with stress. They’re accessible to everyone. [08:09] What Does Breathing Do To The Body? When we take control of our breath, …
 
This week GP Dr Jess Harland joins Nik to talk about how we deal with complaints in primary care. For this we needed an example of conflict and a toxic relationship... Where better to look than the drama of sizzling hot reality show 'Married At First Sight Australia' currently on streaming service All4? We have our usual look at the medical news he…
 
Dr Sarah Goulding joins me to discuss how you can bring your best self to work without leaving bits of you behind. Episode Highlights [05:54] Sarah’s Story Sarah is a careers coach, a GP, an appraiser and a trainer. She had always wanted to have a portfolio, but she slowly started to burn out as she gathered roles over time. When Sarah resigned fro…
 
This week we're joined by legendary GP Steve Pratt. With a background in public health and training as a mindfulness teacher, who better to look at the recent paper regarding the effectiveness of low carb diets in the remission of diabetes AND to review the new Headspace TV show on Netflix? There's a 'Million Pound Question' to help you remember th…
 
Dr Amrita Sen Mukherjee discusses how we need to get back to basics to make sure we're supporting ourselves and others in these uncertain times. Episode Highlights [05:01] What We Have To Be Positive About In 2021 The vaccination program rollout is something to be excited about. Amrita is also hopeful about Joe Biden’s presidency. She concentrates …
 
This week we are joined by two HIV specialists to talk about 'It's A Sin' the new Channel 4 drama from Russell. T. Davies which doesn't pull any punches in dealing with the 1980s AIDS crisis. Dr Rex Melville was involved in testing and managing patients with HIV from the beginning of the epidemic- initially in Melbourne and Sydney and then from 199…
 
Dr Amit Sharma joins to discuss the effects of taking on too many of other people’s burdens and how you can prevent them from weighing you down. Episode Highlights [05:28] What Is A Naughty Monkey? Naughty monkeys are burdens that clients carry. These burdens sometimes stay and weigh down on professionals like doctors and lawyers. [08:58] What Happ…
 
This week GP Annie Keeley joins us to talk about the BBC documentary 'The Truth About...Improving Your Mental Health'. It's offical! Listening to Boggled Docs whilst exercising is good for your mental health... other podcasts are available ;) We also chat about the gut biome and how probiotics have been shown to improve mood. The benefits of social…
 
This week, Dr Jess Harvey joins me to share her experience with burnout. We also discuss how you can take care of yourself and top tips for burnt out professionals. Episode Highlights [04:02] Jess’s Story Jess gets injured or something goes wrong with her body when she’s stressed. By the end of her medical school, she developed an eating disorder. …
 
This week Portfolio GP and co-founder of My Locum Manager Surina Chibber joins Nik to be brave and head into 'The Goop Lab'. What horrors do they find, or are they surprised by what they see? What did they expect before they took the plunge!? Sometimes we have to take one for the team- is that the case this week? We also have the usual look at the …
 
This week, Dr Caroline Walker joins us on another episode of the COVID-19 Supporting Doctors series to share key strategies you need to learn to keep going through the crisis. Episode Highlights [00:56] Our Prospects in 2021 Everyone is excited to leave 2020 behind. COVID-19 is still present despite the promise of vaccines. We are experiencing an a…
 
This week GP Dr Abbie Brooks joins us to talk about the recent BBC show " The truth about boosting your immune system" which was presented by Dr Ronx- they had some great information to share in a very interesting documentary. Who knew that eating enough fibre, haviong enough vitamin D, moderate exercise, getting enough sleep, 30 second cold shower…
 
Have you ever felt stuck and wish you knew what to do next? Many people with high-stress jobs find themselves with competing priorities and too much to think about and do. You may have considered getting a coach, but what if you don’t have the time and resources? When you want to find clarity and be more happy and successful, know that you can actu…
 
This week we head back to simpler times- do you remember August? Oh to be able to have a conversation about hot nights, thunderstorms and flying ants! As promised, we're releasing one of our pilot episodes as GP Charlotte Hart joins Nik to talk about an episode of "Casualty" on BBC1 ( still available on iPlayer) that dealt with a major character li…
 
This week, in our Christmas episode, Nik is joined again by GP Fiona Ritchie to talk about "Last Christmas" starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding . It's a fantastic seasonal watch, but also has some very strong health related themes to discuss. It has the potential to pack a massive emotional punch with some of our patients too, especially in th…
 
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