I spend much of my time researching the impact of COVID-19 on both patients and staff, speaking to people about their personal experiences. It's a privilege to be invited into that space and to be trusted to listen. Over the past year, I have often been hit by waves of sadness, at the stark realisation of what so many people are enduring.
It hit me again recently when reading that critical care staff, who would usually give 1:1 care, were having to dramatically 'dilute' their ratios to cope with demand. Some are now attending to three or more patients who are desperately unwell and depen
This was a brilliant webinar, well worth watching. Clearly there is still a way to go but I think that identifying the gaps in clinical education and research will make a huge difference. For example, the lack of research into the pelvic nervous system in women.
I am also really interested in how all women can be empowered to speak up when things aren't clear within their medical appointments, to ask questions and to report incidences where they feel they have been dismissed to the detriment of their care or pain management.
Some interesting stats in this news article.
"The Royal College of GPs is calling for a national network of "post-Covid" clinics to help such people. But less than 12% of 86 NHS care commissioning groups asked by the BBC said they were running such services."
I worked in internal communications for many years and this involved a lot of work around change (both culturally and in response to enforced change). I believe that for positive change to happen within large organisations, the following elements are needed:
The leaders need to have time to truly understand the need for change and feel informed
You need people with the tools and skills to communicate that knowledge to others with passion and influence (identify those who do and those who don't)
Champions need to be identified at all (clinical and other) levels
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