Surviving and Thriving Day – January 2021 – Recording Now Available

Highlights of the London School of Paediatrics Surviving and Thriving Day in January 2021 are now free to view on the LSP YouTube channel at including talks from

Dr Caroline Elton: Keynote Speaker (at 00:04)

Dr Caroline Elton did her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, was awarded a postgraduate fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her Ph.D in the Department of Academic Psychiatry, UCL Medical School. She is a chartered psychologist and for more than 20 years has held a number of positions working with doctors. Her first role involved shadowing senior clinicians on ward rounds, in outpatient clinics and in operating theatres, as part of an initiative to challenge outdated models of medical education. Later she was appointed as Head of the Careers Unit, responsible for supporting trainee doctors across the whole of London. She has also worked as Head of the Extended Medical Degree Programme – the largest ‘widening participation’ medical degree course in the UK. Caroline has written extensively about doctors, the problems they face and how best to support them and in 2018 her book Also Human – the inner lives of doctors was published by Penguin Random House in the UK, and by Basic Books in the US.

Dr Claire Gallagher:  Looking after our Mental Health – CBT Tips (at 55:50)

Dr Claire Gallagher MBBS BSc MRCGP DCH Dip Occ Med Dip CBT has been a GP at NHS Practitioner Health (formerly Practitioner Health Programme) since 2011, dealing with doctors and dentists (including acute and community paediatricians) experiencing mental health difficulties for assessment, follow up and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions. After GP training in Portsmouth she worked for 18 months in Community Paediatrics at St George’s Hospital and then as a GP partner in Muswell Hill, North London for 7 years. A stint abroad followed when she developed interests in Occupational Medicine, CBT and Eating Disorders. Upon her return she combined GP work with a post at St Ann’s regional Eating Disorders service for 10 years during which she developed the psychological assessment programme for the Homerton Bariatric Service. Her work at NHS Practitioner Health combines these themes and she also does GP appraisals. Having seen  paediatricians working in a variety of roles and grades over the years she is able to share what has worked for others.                                                           

Dr Sarah Taylor: Chronic Health & Pregnancy (at 01:41:58)

Sarah is an ST4 in West London.  She work less than full time to look after her two and a half year old, and has survived training through chronic illness, pregnancy and time out for maternity leave.  She loves the balance of training part time alongside looking after her toddler.  She thrives on long walks, baking and taking a bit of time for herself..

Dr Heidi Edmundson: Drawing on our Feelings (at 01:54:14)

Dr Heidi Edmundson has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. She is currently a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Whittington Health. She is passionate about using creativity to facilitate staff wellness, empathy, team building and empowerment. She has run various initiatives involving drawing, creative writing and theatre techniques, many of which draw on Forum Theatre developed by Augustus Boal. She is currently active in setting up an arts committee within the hospital. She believes that by engaging in creative tasks people can express their whole selves and connect with the humanity in themselves and in each other.

Dr Su Laurent: Supporting families and ourselves when a child dies (at 02:38:29)

Su is a general paediatrician at Barnet hospital where she is also the DME. She is a TPD and part of the Survive and Thrive, Recruitment and Retention group. She has been involved with Child Bereavement UK since the beginning and helped to set up the London bereavement training course for registrars. She is an Associate Medical Director for Noah’s Ark Hospice and has written books on parenting and premature babies.

Ciara Roberts: The Power of Breath and Imagination for Whole Health (at 03:29:00)

Ciara Jean Roberts is an Ambassador & Educator of Holistic Health. A yoga teacher, creative, author and inspirational speaker. Sojourning from credit risk in banking, to setting up her passion and purpose, Wholly Aligned, in 2012. Ciara weaves in ancient wisdoms, holistic nutrition, her gifts of growing up in beautiful Zambia, alongside the modern neuroscience of breath, yoga psychology and hopeful inspiration through story. Her 40 years lived adventures with her kidneys, including 10.5 years on dialysis at two different stages in her life, and her second kidney transplant in October 2019, have been the rich teachings for her to share a truly holistic toolkit, unique to each person. Now trustee for the British Association of Holistic Medicine and Healthcare (BHMA), and yoga teacher and core member of Kidney Beam, a wellbeing platform for people impacted by kidney illness as well as the renal medics and HCP’s, she is truly stepping into her lifelong passion to create a truly integrated health system. And that includes you! Together we rise.

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