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There is still kindness out there

Alexandra Adams a 4th year medical student, registered blind and hearing impaired, making her the first deafblind person in the UK to be trained towards becoming a doctor. 

Having faced discrimination and inequality in the workplace, she advocates for better diversity, inclusivity and representation for those with disabilities.

Alexandra shares with Trevor in this episode of Atrainability Radio, her very own personal stories and frustrations as a patient and also a doctor in palliative medicine and how empathy is vital.

Here's my conversation with Alexandra Adams, in episode 06 of Atrainability Radio.


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Watch Alexandra's TEDxNHS 2019 live talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8eAaxl0pTw

Follow Alexandra on Twitter @alexandra_DBmed or @facesoftheNHS

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Trevor Dale and his team at Atrainability work extensively with NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to train thousands of staff to create safe and effective teams.

In this podcast series, Trevor interviews a wide range of everyday NHS staff and patients, as well as his colleagues. Each conversation shares a unique story, spreading their learning far and wide.

Many of Trevor's guests in Season One of Atrainability Radio spoke at TEDxNHS 2019, where Atrainability were a sponsor. This is the first time these insightful conversations have been shared for the public to hear.

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15 seconds to make a difference

Rachel Pilling, a consultant ophthalmologist, co-founded 15s30m, a quality improvement tool, to enable all NHS staff and patients to reduce frustration and increase joy.

Rachel talks to Trevor in this episode of Atrainability Radio about how she empowers her team to have equal standing and an equal voice.

Here's my conversation with Rachel Piling in episode 005 of Atrainability Radio.

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Watch Rachel and her Co-Founder Dan Wadsworth's TEDxNHS 2019 live talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDqNHlKavVE

For more information on 15s30m visit: http://15s30m.co.uk/ - An internationally recognised tool for spreading quality and improvement in health and social care

Follow Rachel on Twitter: @miss_pilling or @15s30m

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Trevor Dale and his team at Atrainability work extensively with NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to train thousands of staff to create safe and effective teams.

In this podcast series, Trevor interviews a wide range of everyday NHS staff and patients, as well as his colleagues. Each conversation shares a unique story, spreading their learning far and wide.

Many of Trevor's guests in Season One of Atrainability Radio spoke at TEDxNHS 2019, where Atrainability were a sponsor. This is the first time these insightful conversations have been shared for the public to hear.

Still to come in the first season of Atrainability Radio:

Alexandra Adams is a 4th year medical student and the first deafblind person in the UK to be trained towards becoming a doctor

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The top is still very male heavy

Sarah Hillman, clinician and academic researcher, and self confessed medical feminist, talks candidly to discuss her main research interests in women's health and genetics in primary care.

Sarah highlights in this episode of Atrainability Radio how key life changes for women such as becoming a mother or hitting the menopause, are today, still causing barriers when working in a predominantly male dominated environment.

Here's my conversation with Sarah Hillman in episode 004 of Atrainability Radio.


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For more information about Athena Swan visit www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/

Watch Sarah's TEDxNHS 2019 live talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMWDG5S9eQo

Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahhillman26

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Trevor Dale and his team at Atrainability work extensively with NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to train thousands of staff to create safe and effective teams.

In this podcast series, Trevor interviews a wide range of everyday NHS staff and patients, as well as his colleagues. Each conversation shares a unique story, spreading their learning far and wide.

Many of Trevor's guests in Season One of Atrainability Radio spoke at TEDxNHS 2019, where Atrainability were a sponsor. This is the first time these insightful conversations have been shared for the public to hear.

Still to come in the first season of Atrainability Radio:

Rachel Pilling is a consultant ophthalmologist and co-founder of 15s30m

Alexandra Adams is a 4th year medical student and the first deafblind person in the UK to be trained towards becoming a doctor

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How just one smile made me feel safe

Sports presenter and campaigner Charlie Webster shares the story of the moment she was told she was going to die. 

She still suffers flashbacks and PTSD three years after contracting Malaria in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympic games. 

Charlie talks so openly in this episode of Atrainability Radio about how we can learn from her physical and mental aftercare and how it is important to recognise in others when they are not okay but it is even more important to recognise in ourselves when we are not okay.

Here's my conversation with Charlie Webster in episode 003 of Atrainability Radio.

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Follow Charlie on Twitter: @charlieCW

Watch Charlie's TEDxNHS 2019 live talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryLZ6HLlZmE

#ptsd #ptsdawareness

More information about Charlie is on her website: charliewebster.com

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Trevor Dale and his team at Atrainability work extensively with NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to train thousands of staff to create safe and effective teams.

In this podcast series, Trevor interviews a wide range of everyday NHS staff and patients, as well as his colleagues. Each conversation shares a unique story, spreading their learning far and wide.

Many of Trevor's guests in Season One of Atrainability Radio spoke at TEDxNHS 2019, where Atrainability were a sponsor. This is the first time these insightful conversations have been shared for the public to hear.

Coming up in the first season of Atrainability Radio:

Sarah Hillman is a clinician and academic researcher

Rachel Pilling is a consultant ophthalmologist and co-founder of 15s30m

Alexandra Adams is a 4th year medical student and the first deafblind person in the UK to be trained towards becoming a doctor

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The essence of patient centred-care

Yusuf Yousuf is a healthcare support worker in Older Person's Services, a role he transitioned to after more than 10 years as a hospital porter.

Yusuf shares his very personal and emotional stories and experiences, finding inspiration in the NHS if you know where to look.

Here's my conversation with Yusuf Yousuf, in episode 02 of Atrainability Radio.

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Follow Yusuf on Twitter at @yusuf_yousuf


Watch Yusuf's TEDxNHS live talk here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGhXX8cxs0g


Be sure to subscribe to never miss an episode. Click the 'Subscribe to podcast' button on the podcast player above or subscribe via your preferred podcast player.

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Trevor Dale and his team at Atrainability work extensively with NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to train thousands of staff to create safe and effective teams.

In this podcast series, Trevor interviews a wide range of everyday NHS staff and patients, as well as his colleagues. Each conversation shares a unique story, spreading their learning far and wide.

Many of Trevor's guests in Season One of Atrainability Radio spoke at TEDxNHS 2019, where Atrainability were a sponsor. This is the first time these insightful conversations have been shared for the public to hear.

Coming up in the first season of Atrainability Radio:

Charlie Webster, is a Sports presenter and campaigner

Sarah Hillman is a clinician and academic researcher

Rachel Pilling is a consultant ophthalmologist and co-founder of 15s30m

Alexandra Adams is a 4th year medical student and the first deafblind person in the UK to be trained towards becoming a doctor

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The years I have known I was dying, have been the best years of my life

I'm delighted to share the first episode of our new podcast series, Atrainability Radio.

Lucy Watts is a 26-year-old prominent disability and health advocate, activist and consultant.

She's a committed individual who dedicates her time to making a difference for others.

As a disabled young woman, Lucy has to overcome a wide variety of barriers, not least the low expectations of disabled people by others and the lack of accessibility, as well as living with a complex, life-limiting illness, causing complex medical needs.

In this episode of Atrainability Radio, we get to know Lucy the person not just Lucy the patient.

Here's my conversation with Lucy Watts, in episode 01 of Atrainability Radio.

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More information about Lucy is on her website - http://www.lucy-watts.co.uk

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @LucyAlexandria

Watch Lucy's TEDxNHS live talk here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_j_zmZBvsI

Be sure to subscribe to never miss an episode. Click the 'Subscribe to podcast' button on the podcast player above or subscribe via your preferred podcast player.

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Trevor Dale and his team at Atrainability work extensively with NHS Trusts and healthcare professionals to train thousands of staff to create safe and effective teams.

In this podcast series, Trevor interviews a wide range of everyday NHS staff and patients, as well as his colleagues. Each conversation shares a unique story, spreading their learning far and wide.

Many of Trevor's guests in Season One of Atrainability Radio spoke at TEDxNHS 2019, where Atrainability were a sponsor. This is the first time these insightful conversations have been shared for the public to hear.

Coming up in the first season of Atrainability Radio:

Yusuf Yousuf is a healthcare support worker in Older Person's Services

Charlie Webster, is a Sports presenter and campaigner

Sarah Hillman is a clinician and academic researcher

Rachel Pilling is a consultant ophthalmologist and co-founder of 15s30m

Alexandra Adams is a 4th year medical student and the first deafblind person in the UK to be trained towards becoming a doctor

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