Chris Atherton is the Adult Principal Social Worker in Haringey Council. In this podcast Chris draws on his experience and that of his adult social care colleagues to talk about three emotions, among others, felt in response to working during the pandemic; Fear, Helplessness and Hope. Wellbeing Quiz Profile: #FeelingHopeless
Paul Jenkins is the Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Paul talks about the importance of switching off during this difficult time, and talks through some of his personal coping strategies during periods of stress and pressure. He offers some helpful, practical tips for everyone to consider. Wellbeing Quiz Profile: #MoreFrantic
Emma Kennedy is Deputy Director, Educational Psychology Training and CAMHS ASC & LD Team Manager at the Tavistock Clinic. Emma talks about some of the challenges parents who are working remotely or outside the home may have when supporting their child with schoolwork. She highlights the benefits of prioritising contact with friends, and not feeling like you now have to be ‘teacher’ too. She talks about balancing up routine and predictability with being responsive to the moment; and most of all, […]
Silvia Miranda is the Clinical Co-ordinator and Senior Counselling Psychologist at Islington iCope IAPT Service and a Lead Counselling Psychologist at The TILS Veteran Service in Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. In her first podcast she talks directly to frontline workers about the range of complicated emotional responses they may be having and gives examples of how to recognise symptoms of stress and burnout in yourself. In the second podcast, Silvia gives a range of stress management techniques and self-care […]
Tim Kent is Director of Adult & Forensic Services, Consultant Psychotherapist and Social Worker at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He delivers a rousing commentary for NHS and social care staff about the experience of living through, and working in, the current time of adversity and how the services we provide are a lifeline, literally, for many people.
Laverne Antrobus is a Consultant Child and Educational Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman. Laverne talks about the challenges for key workers and family life, where children (and parents) may have all sorts of feelings about a situation where work might be felt to be an unsafe place, and where school has suddenly become a very different place. She talks about the range of feelings that there might be for both parents and children, and has some ideas about how […]
Jane O’Rourke is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with Children, Young People and Families. She teaches Yoga4Trauma within the Trauma Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Jane guides us through a 5 minute soothing sleep breathing exercise aimed at helping you to get some rest, or to get to sleep. Wellbeing Quiz Profile: #FeelingHopeless
Andrew Cooper is a Family Therapist and a Professor of Social Work at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Andrew talks about one of the most difficult things that any of us face in the current situation, the impact of living and working with death, a particular challenge with COVID-19 even for very experienced NHS and social care staff. He brings some thoughts together about what can make our contact with death in this context so hard, and has […]
Lorna Fortune is the Lead Psychologist for Psychiatric Liaison Services in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. Here Lorna speaks about the value of Psychological First Aid (PFA) in this time of crisis, particularly for those of you working in acute settings providing physical care. A brief introduction to PFA is provided, the goal of which is to help stabilise and mitigate distress by supporting people in the midst of a crisis situation.
Nicky Lambert is an Associate Professor (Practice) at Middlesex University, where she is Director of Teaching and Learning for Mental Health and Social Work. She is registered as a Specialist Practitioner and is a Senior Teaching Fellow She is also a co-director of the Centre for Coproduction in Mental Health and Social Care. Here Nicky talks directly to student nurses as they navigate their way through their training during the Coronavirus outbreak.