Culture

Resisting the propoganda

After 16 hours and a short flight down to Gatwick, we finally took off for our destination, at one o’clock in the morning. As the cabin lights dimmed and the plane left the runway, there was a civilised cheer from the passengers. A last-minute invitation, to join our...

Re asking the question: why so afraid of the truth?

“That’s a bit harsh.” There it was again.  A put down, albeit accompanied by a smile. A ‘get-back-in-your-box’ comment. I could add it to the collection, along with, “straight talking,” “feisty,” “scary,” “abrupt,” not to mention the emotional or bossy comments....

Recalculating the impact of change

A phenomenon. Live Aid. 1985. Hundreds of music industry people coming together, free of charge, to produce the world’s biggest cross continent concert to help others less fortunate than themselves. Where were you for Live Aid? This was a recent question on one of my...

Remembering Dolly and the nurture of nature.

It is Autumn now and I still really miss her.  Every morning, that leap of joy as I went downstairs to see if she was still with us, and in the warm, soft evenings, talking gently under the tree, her eyes following me, knowingly, wise beyond her years.  She...
Re-leveling: how stories ground us.

Re-leveling: how stories ground us.

Doctors make mistakes. There; I've said it. For those of us in the profession, that can be a hard pill to swallow, but the earlier that lesson is learnt the better, not only for our patients but also for ourselves. Doctors make mistakes - the important question is,...

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Re-posing the diversity question

Re-posing the diversity question

Oh, how they quivered! They shuffled in their seat, they looked at each other, their heart missed a beat. Not sure it was a triumph. It was clear they were caught unawares of something. Some unsavoury thought? They had to ask me the diversity question: ‘how would you...

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Re examining the face of it: façadism

Re examining the face of it: façadism

We were out to lunch with our most well travelled, urbane friends.  “Have you seen those buildings in London?” asked one. “They pull down the entire building, all of it, except the façade. Then rebuild behind it.”  “I think that’s what they are doing with...

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Respecting the self

Respecting the self

“One runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.” Joan Didion. Stress, burnout, moral injury. These are words that occupy time and space in much of what we read at the moment. Whilst there appears to be an epidemic of workplace distress in every...

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Re-defining misogyny

Re-defining misogyny

A medical visitor from another part of the world asks me recently, have I encountered much misogyny in my twenty years of working with doctors.  Images immediately crowd my mind. Men in suits, ignoring me. A meeting room. Late night calls. Being screamed at down...

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Reconnecting: let’s have a good old chat

Reconnecting: let’s have a good old chat

It was my first day of work. First day as a fully qualified but on probation teacher. It had taken four and a half years with no holidays – we did our teaching practices in the holidays, and I had worked very hard to achieve not just a degree but a diploma in...

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Recognising the Power Within

Recognising the Power Within

How would we cope if we were left to our own devices? No bosses, no managers, no underlings? Would there be a difference to the way we worked together depending on our educational level? Can team work be developed? These three questions have been swimming around in my...

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Re-defining: culture and purpose

Re-defining: culture and purpose

It was my first ward sisters post. It was on ‘that ward’. You know, the one that everyone talks about? The staff are always rude, (apparently) the patients have a terrible experience and it always has well, an ‘aroma’ about it. Colleagues looked at me with total...

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