In the first episode of this new series of Our Voices, we hear Kathy’s story. Kathy is a former Olympic sprinter. She is a three-time bronze medallist and competed for Great Britain at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games. She recounts her journey into sprinting and the experiences that helped to shape her achievements.
In this episode we are introduced to Helen: a woman who has, in her own words, “one of the best jobs ever.” Helen’s job is to recruit nurses from abroad to work in the NHS. She describes her job as being very busy, with a daughter and three step-sons, she also has an extremely busy home-life, yet, she describes herself as being blessed: “I get to meet people with so many wonderful stories to tell from all parts of the world.”
This episode of Our Voices focuses on the experiences of Ellie, an occupational therapist who began working for the NHS in July 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Ellie describes her initial experiences of working in the NHS as being a long way from what she had envisioned. She relates being initially confronted with ill patients being ventilated on tubes: “it was really difficult seeing what covid had done to people”.
In this episode we are introduced to Sophie who is an occupational therapist. During the height of the pandemic, she worked in an acute stroke ward where she was charged with caring for patients who had experienced significant cognitive, physical or sensory deficits. It was her role to help these patients attempt to regain independence in their lives.
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.