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45 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
You are good enough...
This week West Berkshire and BBC Breakfast GP Dr Rachel Ward joins Nik for the last episode of the season. They are both surprised to find that BBC comedy series 'Motherland' has rather a lot of CPD to be found within it. Issues discussed include breast cancer, caring for elderly relatives and just trying to keep going when everything around you is falling apart!We also have the usual look at the medical news headlines and the week in daytime TV.
48 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Alone is such a hard place to be
This week Nik is joined by Derbyshire GP Dr Tara George to talk about the recent BBC drama 'Three Families'. They explore stigma and discuss the stories of the three families featured in the drama as they cope with loss and being alone, in the context what it was like to live in Northern Ireland before their abortion law was lifted in 2019.There's also the usual look at the medical news headlines and the past week in daytime TV.
66 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Ultra processed foods and sugar addiction- what are we doing to ourselves?!
This week Nik is joined by low carb GP Dr David Unwin and clinical psychologist Dr Jen Unwin to discuss the fascinating and worrying topic of sugar addiction in the context of ultra processed foods and the recent BBC documentary with Dr Chris van Tulleken "What are we feeding our kids?" Are we a nation of carb and sugar addicts?We also have our usual look at the medical news headlines and the week in daytime TV.
47 minutes | May 28, 2021
How Ubuntu are you? A 35 minute documentary that could change your life...
This week Nik is joined by Dr Naren Senthil Nathan to discuss the Netflix documentary 'The Playbook. Doc Rivers: A Coach's Rules for Life'. We discover Ubuntu which means "I am, because you are" and explore the concept that a person is a person through other people. What can we learn from this, and how can it help us to navigate the current primary care crisis?We also have the usual look at the medical news headlines, and the last week in daytime TV.
57 minutes | May 21, 2021
Cherry, Tom Holland and PTSD
This week Nik is joined by Dr James Thambyrajah again, and their discussion turns out to have a distinct mental health theme. The main focus is Tom Holland's recent movie on Apple TV + 'Cherry'. Could this lead to a patient presenting to us in primary care with PTSD- would you be ready for them?We also have the usual look at the medical news headlines and the week in daytime TV.
57 minutes | May 14, 2021
HRT and the menopause- how confident are you?
This week Dr Lucy Cox and Dr Helen Barnes from Red Whale's women's health team join Nik to discuss the recent Channel 4 documentary 'Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and the Menopause'. It's great to have the menopause being discussed on prime time TV, and it certainly gave us a lot to talk about as we tried to see the issues brought up from different angles. Was it fair to primary care?...We've also got the usual look at the news headlines and the week in daytime TV.
40 minutes | May 7, 2021
The fertility journey- all of us have our own unique experience
This week GP Dr Jess Harland is back, and talks to us about ‘The Surrogates’ a documentary first shown on BBC3, and now available on the iPlayer. This leads to an interesting conversation where we realise that all of us have our own experience of the fertility journey, and we don’t need to have experienced it all to be able to empathise with others.We also have the usual medical news headlines and the look at the week in daytime TV.
59 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Time Of Duty- when should you speak up?
This week our guest is Nick Inge CEO of iTrust Assurance, a whistleblowing consultancy. He is also a former police officer who has worked in counter terrorism and is the ideal person to give us the inside track on the drama of the moment: 'Line Of Duty' on BBC TV. What does he predict will happen? Who is the fourth man?!We talk about how wrong doing and corruption might present themselves in the NHS and primary care and the importance of speaking up. Where do you start, and how do you go about doing it?We also have our usual look at the health headlines and the week in daytime TV.
53 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Football's darkest secret and child safeguarding
This week consultant paediatrician Dr Jamie Carter joins Nik to discuss the BBC documentary series 'Football's darkest secret', and the child abuse that football ignored. Decades later, the survivors' voices have finally been heard.At least 50% of your safeguarding Level 3 training should be met through participatory (interactive) events. However, by listening to this podcast episode and writing a refelctive entry about it, this will count towards your remaining recommended hours ( after you have completed your participatory hours) for child safeguarding training.As usual, we also have the medical news headlines and we look back at the past week in daytime TV.
37 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
It's the end, but the moment has been prepared for.
This week Nottingham GP Dr Jamie Parker joins Nik to talk about the Netflix film starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, 'The Dig'- and how watching this might lead on to discussions regarding end of life care. How can we get better at these difficult conversations?There's also the usual look at the medical news headlines and the week on daytime TV.
34 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Would you take the plunge? What's the science behind cold water swimming and cold showers?
This week GP Katharine McClenaghan joins Nik to talk about the documentary available on Curzon: " The Ponds" which charts a year in the lives of the men and women who swim in the cold water of the ponds at Hampstead Heath- some of them on a daily basis. It's a joyful and uplifting documentary, but is there any science behind the anecdotal benefits evident for all the participants in the film? Will you be joining them?As usual we also have the news headlines and we look at the last week in daytime TV.
37 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
We all make mistakes... how do you cope with yours?
Vulnerability or oversharing? Only one of them takes courage...For this episode, Nik's joined by Dr Caroline Walker: psychiatrist, therapist, speaker, trainer, coach, and founder of The Joyful Doctor.They want YOU to feel better this week, so they're discussing the inspirational Netflix documentary 'Brené Brown: The Call to Courage' , and use it as a springboard to discuss issues regarding how we can deal better with our mistakes whilst being kind to ourselves. What is true vulnerability and how can it help us to grow and achieve our goals?
30 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
High society, low knowledge about contraception!
This week Nik is joined again by GP Abbie Brooks to discuss the most talked about show of the season! What can Regency era London seen in Bridgerton teach us about birth control knowledge amongst young people today, and engaging with patients via social media? Quite a lot in fact!...We also have the usual look at the medical news headlines and the past week in daytime TV.
51 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Please stay- what can we do to reduce suicide?
In a week when there were two high profile documentaries about suicide on TV, Nik is joined by Dr Lee David -a GP and CBT therapist with special interests in mental health and resilience, compassion, behaviour change and education for health professionals.We discuss the BBC documentary 'Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency' and the Channel 4 documentary ' Caroline Flack : Her Life And Death'. Both hearbreaking, but both looking at this very difficult issue from a different angle. What can we learn from watching them and how can we use that to help ourselves, our patients, our friends and our loved ones?
52 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
'I May Destroy You'- are you ready to help the victim of a sexual assault?
This week Dr Nighat Arif, who you might know from her work as a GP and women's health specialist on 'BBC Breakfast' and 'This Morning', joins Nik to discuss the hard hitting BBC drama ' I May Destroy You'. We discuss how to prepare to make sure you are ready if a patient discloses that they have been sexually assaulted.We have the usual look at the health headlines, and Nighat shares with us how a health issue in the press becomes a feature on 'This Morning'. We also look at the past week in daytime TV- will it feature any familiar faces?...
44 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
A lesson in learning disability from an unexpected source...
This week Nik's joined by Philippa Harris, who is a learning disability liaison nurse, to discuss the BBC documentary 'Katie Price: Harvey and me". How does Philippa help patients with learning disability that come into hospital either for acute or elective admissions? What could we be doing better in primary care?We have the usual look at the news headlines, daytime TV and we have some more voice messages that you've sent in.
59 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
The rest of 'It's A Sin"... La!
Jill, Ritchie, Colin, Roscoe, Ash and Gregory had such an impact on everyone who watched, that we couldn't just cover the first 2 epsiodes. This week Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan and Dr Rex Melville are back to talk about the final 3 episodes of 'It's A Sin'.We've had several messages from people sharing their experiences of what it was like caring for patients with HIV and AIDS back in the 80s and 90s- we've put them together into a montage for you to hear- it's a very powerful listen. As always we have some recent medical news headlines and the week in daytime TV.
37 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Conflict at first sight- Australia! What kind of therapy principles could help when dealing with toxic relationships and complaints?
This week GP Dr Jess Harland joins Nik to talk about how we deal with complaints in primary care. For this we needed an example of conflict and a toxic relationship... Where better to look than the drama of sizzling hot reality show 'Married At First Sight Australia' currently on streaming service All4?We have our usual look at the medical news headlines- and one of the tabloids has surpassed themselves... There's also the round up of the week in daytime TV.
44 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
A Headspace TV show and a low carb diet... are these things that we can recommend to our patients?
This week we're joined by legendary GP Steve Pratt. With a background in public health and training as a mindfulness teacher, who better to look at the recent paper regarding the effectiveness of low carb diets in the remission of diabetes AND to review the new Headspace TV show on Netflix?There's a 'Million Pound Question' to help you remember the Simon Broome criteria for familial hypercholesterolaemia, and the usual look at the medical news headlines and what's been featured on daytime TV.
44 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
'It's A Sin'- is the stigma surrounding HIV still stuck in the 1980s?
This week we are joined by two HIV specialists to talk about 'It's A Sin' the new Channel 4 drama from Russell. T. Davies which doesn't pull any punches in dealing with the 1980s AIDS crisis. Dr Rex Melville was involved in testing and managing patients with HIV from the beginning of the epidemic- initially in Melbourne and Sydney and then from 1993 in London, so he can share his experiences of those early days. He is now a part-time Genito-Urinary Medicine Consultant in London. Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan is a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine in London. She's on hand to tell us what's happening now and what areas we need to focus on in the future. We also discuss what we can do from a primary care perspective to help.
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