The second episode of this series centres around Ged, a director for Health Education England and a clinical surgeon specialising in breast cancer. Ged’s path into medicine was anything but typical. As a high-achiever from a low-income family, he was accepted into an all-boys Catholic grammar school.
The 16th episode of Our Voices introduces Sarah, a Critical Care Nurse from Jamaica who moved to the UK along with her 16-year-old daughter 2 years ago. The desire to pursue a doctorate in nursing encouraged her to make the move, she had previously spent 17 years working as a nurse in her home country.
The 13th episode of the Our Voices podcast provides an insight into the life of Tara, a doctor from Nepal who has been working at Watford General Hospital for the last year. Initially, Tara had no intention of being a practicing doctor: she had studied a Master’s degree in Public Health in the UK and had intended to start a career in research. However, her daughter’s illness encouraged her to take a very different direction.
The 12th episode of the Our Voices podcast introduces us to Vishaka, a doctor who travelled from her home in India to work in the NHS just under one year ago. She talks about the struggles she experienced in her native country during her first years in her profession, particularly the pain of being unable to provide treatment to those who needed it because they simply did not have enough money: “Seeing people suffer, you want to help them but you can’t.”
In episode 11 of the Our Voices podcast, we hear the story of Jelena, a doctor who travelled from her native land in order to work in the NHS. Unlike many other foreign nationals who join the health service in the UK, Jelena came here for reasons other than her own professional advancement.