Ep 2. Mental health doesn't happen in isolation, Dr Claire Watson

Claire Watson, recovery academy lead at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, joins us on the second-ever NHE podcast, talking us through general mental health and the state of care for it currently, as well as what she sees in her role as the potential solutions, and causes, of the problem.

The Recovery Academy, set up in 2013, is where Claire now spends her time, helping facilitate shared learning around mental health at the facility – which acts as a college within a functioning mental health hospital.

As she describes, it wasn’t the initial route she’d planned but a “series of fates” saw her end up in the current role, where as of October 1, 2019 she assisted in launching the academy’s 14th prospectus, now offering 66 courses and catering to more than 7,500 learners.

Mental health remains, understandably therefore, a huge pressing issue in Claire’s mind for the modern-day health and social care sector. In her eyes, as a mum to a teenage daughter, there is immense and constant pressure on young people and as such there needs to be real care and attention put into addressing mental health concerns they might have.

“Mental health doesn’t happen in isolation” – that was the most powerful statement of Claire’s during the podcast, and rings true as she discusses just how we should look to help address wider problems if we are to genuinely tackle mental health issues.

There is so much great, important conversation to indulge yourself with in this podcast, but equally we bring a little bit of a light onto who Claire is herself.

So, what two songs keep our incredible guest in good spirits, and can you beat her score on our health news quiz?!

Finally, who would Claire most want to sit down with at a dinner party and pick their brains? It’s a dinner table we certainly think many would be interested to listen into!

NHE July/August 21

NHE July/August 21

Prioritising staff wellbeing

NHE’s July/August 2021 edition focuses on some of the key, defining aspects of a successful, supported health service: Mental Health & Workforce. Elsewhere, we take on the incredibly topical Infection Prevention and address the role which Pharma will play in both our NHS and wider health environment.

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NHE365 Virtual Festival: Net-Zero NHS

As was outlined by Sir Simon Stevens when the NHS announced their green plans back in 2020, 5,700 lives could be saved each year by improved air quality. Even more could see their overall health improve and be in a position to self-manage their conditions, rather than requiring NHS treatment. Covid-19 has already left the NHS with a sizeable treatment backlog, so anything which can be done to improve patient health and reduce demand is beneficial for all.

Working together, we can help the NHS realise its green ambitions as per the Net-Zero National Health Service report and its ambitious 2040 target. Join us on August 25, 2021 for our Net-Zero NHS event, where we will be joined by health sector leaders and innovators for a day of sharing best practice and networking.

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Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

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