Here at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (STSFT) we are proud to serve nearly 500,000 residents in the North East of England. Our People Podcast shares the stories of our fantastic staff and explores behind the scenes in many different services and departments. 

Listen to every episode on Spotify using the links below or click here to visit our YouTube channel where you can find fully captioned versions of each instalment.

We are now also on Apple Podcast where you can listen to episodes from Season 1 here.

It’s Military March which is the annual NHS campaign to celebrate reservists working in the NHS.

To commemorate this on this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke to Armed Forces Healthcare Lead, Tobi Oladipo and Workforce Development and Education Manager, Gemma Taylor.

Tobi discusses how his role supports our veteran patients and how he links up with other local organisations to provide the best possible care whilst Gemma talks about how proud she is to work for an Armed Forces Friendly Employer.

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(Workforce Development and Education Manager, Gemma Taylor and Armed Forces Healthcare Lead, Tobi Oladipo)

AI is a big buzz term in health and tech in the news at the moment - but we were well ahead of the trend with our own lifesaving studies.

Our Trust is leading a research trial using Artificial Intelligence to spot what could become cancer during endoscopy checks on our patients.

We, alongside eight other Trusts across the country, have taken part in COLO-DETECT, which helps flag up polyps which might have otherwise been missed by the naked eye.

In this episode of Our People Podcast, we talk to Professor Colin Rees and Ingrid Emmerson, the Lead Research Nurse for COLO-SPEED, a sister programme, about those studies.

They also talk about symptoms we all need to look out for and how the beautiful game and the legacy of the late Sir Bobby Robson is helping make a difference.

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(Consultant and Professor of Gastroenterology, Colin Rees and Lead Research Nurse, Ingrid Emmerson)

March 8th marks International Women’s Day.

We met with our Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development Kath Griffin and Equality Diversity and Inclusion Lead Phillipa Poole to discuss the day.

This episode looks at our Menopause Pledge, which was marked one year ago today, and what we’re doing to help those facing period poverty.

It also talks on how we’re helping all our colleagues learn more about how they can support each other through the menopause, what help is on hand to help our colleagues keep well and support available to help families.

This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity and we chat about how we’re helping all our colleagues across our Trust support each other to learn more about the menopause and more.

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(EDI Lead, Phillipa Poole and Director of HR and Organisational Development, Kath Griffin)

In this week's episode we spoke to Workstream Lead for the Path to Excellence, Claire Skaife. In March 2020, Claire was 34 weeks pregnant when she contracted COVID-19. She was treated by her colleagues at Sunderland Royal Hospital as they saved her and her baby's life.

Here she talks about her experience and how the Northern Neonatal Network helped her through this time. Claire discusses how that led to her becoming a member of the Parent Advisory Group as well as a Professional Nurse Advocate. This sees her act as a voice for parent experiences, driving positive change for the future.

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(Workstream Lead, Claire Skaife)

On this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke to Northern Neonatal Network Care Coordinator, Claire Campbell. 

Claire was the first Neonatal Care Coordinator in post in the UK. She discusses why there was a need for such a team and how it came about. Claire also talks about what the Northern Neonatal Network is and how it helps our patients.

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(Northern Neonatal Network Care Coordinator, Claire Campbell)

In this episode, our host Harry Newhouse is joined by Pauline Henry and Wendy Myers. They work as Learning Disability Liaison Nurses with our Trust.

Join them as they talk about how their roles help patients with learning disabilities, discuss what the Carer Passport is and other areas of their role.

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(Pauline Henry, left and Wendy Myers, right)

In October STSFT hosted a conference all about Nursing and Midwifery Excellence.
Nursing and Midwifery Excellence is the Trust's way of delivering the American Nursing Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence programme. The programme aims to promote excellence in practice and shared decision making across our nursing teams and is the only accredited programme of its kind in the world. 

On the day, we were joined by colleagues from two other Trust's who have already achieved Pathway to Excellence designation. Listen here to find out how they achieved designation, what their challenges were, and how the Trust will work towards accreditation over the next three years.

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On this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke to members from our Maternity team.

Patient and Staff Experience Midwife, Joanna Wylie and Rotational Midwife, Stacey McFarlane talk about how our Antenatal Classes help and support parents-to-be with their new arrival.

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(Stacey McFarlane, left and Joanna Wylie, right)

On this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke to members from our Sexual Health team. 

Community Specialist Health Improvement Practitioner, Dan Dobson and Clinical Team Manager, Julie Codling give a rundown of what services they offer as well as how they reach out to the community to help you learn about good sexual health.

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(Dan Dobson, left and Julie Codling, right)

Our People Podcast is back with Season Two! In the first episode we talk to our award-winning Alcohol Care Team (ACT). We were joined by Lead for the Lead Alcohol Specialist Nurse, Roisin Burdis and ACT Practitioner, Carly Hall. 

They talk about the process our patients go through to access the service, the support patients get once they have been discharged and Carly talks about her own first-hand experience of someone who has needed support.

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(Carly Hall, left and Roisin Burdis, right)