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.

In this episode we talked to Antenatal Services Manager, Amanda Bargh and Caroline Turner from Down’s Syndrome North East. In March Down’s Syndrome North East donated new care boxes to Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity unit. The care boxes were aimed at supporting new mums who have given birth to babies with Down’s Syndrome and their families.

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(Caroline Turner, left, Amanda Bargh, right and host Fiona Thompson, centre)

On this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke with experienced radiographers Paul Simpson and Dee Sixsmith. We discussed the benefits of the new state-of-the-art £10 million Integrated Diagnostic Centre that is being built at South Tyneside District Hospital as well as what it takes to be a Radiographer.

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(Paul Simpson, left, Dee Sixsmith, centre and host Fiona Thompson, right)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we spoke with the Trust's Clinical Lead's Lynn Tallintire and Kay Stidolph as well as our new System Coordinators Rachel Daurat and Catherine Reay. We talked about the Trust's Discharge Lounge at both South Tyneside and Sunderland including what it involves, how it works as well as some of the projects that our teams have been working on.

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(From left to right, host Lauren Robinson, Kay Stidolph, Catherine Reay, Lynn Tallintire and Rachel Daurat)

On this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke with Head of Research, Claire Livingstone. We talked about what the research team do here at the Trust and what they are currently working on.

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(Head of Research, Claire Livingstone)

In this episode, we speak to Phillipa Poole and Jake Higgin, our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, about their work and how they help our patients and staff make our Trust a better and fair place to be.

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(Inclusion Advisor Jake Higgin and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead Phillipa Poole)

On this week’s episode of Our People Podcast we spoke with our reservists Dr. Alexander Seager and Alex Cairns. We discussed their roles here at the Trust and how they balance their civilian life with a military career to ensure that should their country require them, they would be ready to serve as part of the military.

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(Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Alex Cairns and Gastrointestinal Research Fellow, Dr Alexander Seager)

In this episode, we meet Data Analyst Ruth Hall and Deputy Data Assurance Manager Vicky Carr, who work in our Performance and Information Services department. They explain how the teams ensure our information is recorded correctly and it can be used to drive our organisation forward.

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(Data Analyst Ruth Hall and Deputy Data Assurance Manager Vicky Carr)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we spoke to Sharon Quinn from Age UK Sunderland. We talked about how Age UK support people in our local communities, what support is available to older people and how you can access it.

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(Host Lauren Robinson and Age UK Sunderland's Sharon Quinn)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Medical Executive Director, Dr Shaz Wahid and Renal Medicine Consultant, Dr Sid Ahmed. We talked about the upcoming Organ Donation Week, breakthroughs within renal medicine and answered your FAQs.

For more information on organ donation visit: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/

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(Renal Medicine Consultant, Dr Sid Ahmed and Medical Executive Director, Dr Shaz Wahid)

In this episode, we speak to Age Concern Tyneside South's Chief Officer Grahame Cassidy about what the service offers the residents of South Tyneside.

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(Age Concern Tyneside South's Chief Officer, Grahame Cassidy)

Throughout October and November, we're holding our big health and wellbeing team talk. As a Trust, we place a really high value on the wellbeing of our staff as well as our patients. Earlier this year we launched our workforce health and wellbeing hub, and we want to continue to share information and support our staff as best we can. To kick this off we spoke to Health Literacy Officer, Lorna Dawson and Population Health Lead, Fiona Carney to discuss what the Trust is doing for health literacy month and why it is so important.

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(Health Literacy Officer, Lorna Dawson (below) and Population Health Lead, Fiona Carney)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Specialist Bereavement Lead Midwife, Charlotte Mutton and Patient and Staff Experience Midwife, Joanna Wylie. We talked about our new bereavement service, Forever Cherished, and what it offers those that have suffered from the loss of a baby.

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(Patient and Staff Experience Midwife, Joanna Wylie and Specialist Bereavement Lead Midwife, Charlotte Mutton)

During October thousands of people are attempting to quit smoking. On this episode of Our People Podcast we are joined by Elaine Jackson and Josie Onwuliri from our newly launched Tobacco Dependance Treatment Service as well as Occupational Health & Wellbeing Specialist Jodie Kendall. Elaine and Josie discuss what the new service does for any patients wanting to quit smoking whilst Jodie talks through the services that are available to our staff.

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(Tobacco Dependence Service Leads Elaine Jackson (left) and Josie Onwuliri (right) and Occupational Health Wellbeing Specialist Jodie Kendall (centre))

In the UK, October marks the beginning of Black History Month. In this episode we are joined by Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director, Ngozi Lyn Cole and Lead Chaplain, Reverend Remi Omole. We find out what Black History Month is and why we celebrate it.

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(Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director, Ngozi Lyn Cole and Lead Chaplain, Reverend Remi Omole)

In the run up to Talk Money Week here at the Trust, staff from Serve & Protect Credit Union joined us as they shared their tips on how to become financially resilient. Business Development Manager, Rob Lovesey and Marketing Manager, Chris Kerrigan also provided us with insight on what Serve & Protect Credit Union can do for our staff and how you can help look after your money during the cost-of-living crisis.

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(Serve & Protect Credit Union Business Development Manager, Rob Lovesey and Marketing Manager, Chris Kerrigan)

The NHS Staff Survey is underway and this year we are also using it as part one of our STSFT Team Talk tools. It will help us improve how we listen and communicate with each other. The national survey gives our staff the opportunity to share their views about working for the Trust and NHS. 

To talk about this important survey, we were joined by Organisational & Leadership Development Advisor, Angela Dodds. She discusses how it helps us understand what our staff think we do well as an employer as well as highlight the things we need to improve.

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(Organisational & Leadership Development Advisor, Angela Dodds)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Clinical Lead for Sunderland Integrated Musculoskeletal Service (SIMS) and Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Dr Glen Rae and Physiotherapist Nia Woodhouse. We talked about what SIMS is and how it helps our patients as well as the launch of their new self-help tool Move With Me.

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(Clinical Lead for SIMS and Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Dr Glen Rae and Physiotherapist Nia Woodhouse)

On today's episode of Our People Podcast we were joined by Recruitment Services Manager, Vicky Bowmaker and Counter Fraud Specialist, Paul Bevan. We discuss the recruitment process we carry out here at the Trust and how we look at putting a stop to fraud.

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(Counter Fraud Specialist, Paul Bevan and Recruitment Services Manager, Vicky Bowmaker)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we were joined by Urology Cancer Specialist Nurse, Gayle Adams as we talked about cancers that affect men. We discussed what sort of cancers men face, the process from being diagnosed with cancer and what the Trust has to offer those suffering with cancer.

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(Urology Cancer Specialist Nurse, Gayle Adams)