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 and 2 here.

On the last episode of Season Three, here at STSFT we're in the festive spirit.

As a Trust we're proud to have so many international recruits that work in our hospitals and within the community.

We met up with Ward E54 Manager Jay de la Cruz from the Philippines, Theatre Manager Juna George from India and Adaptation Nurse Lynda Nwaokweanwa from Nigeria as they share how they celebrate Christmas where they come from.

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(Theatre Manager Juna George, Ward E54 Manager Jay de la Cruz and Adaptation Nurse Lynda Nwaokweanwa)

On the latest episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Louise Howe and Lisa Hobbs from our Critical Care Outreach Team.

Louise and Lisa talk about Call4Concern which is a service for adult patients, families and friends to call for help and advice if they are concerned about a patient's condition.

The service is led by the Critical Care Outreach Team and Louise and Lisa discuss how this benefits patients, relatives and staff.

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(Critical Care Outreach Team Nurses Louise Howe and Lisa Hobbs)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we visited Durham Road's Children Centre to talk to Tracy Dawson, Kerry Pate and Janice Blakey from our Safeguarding team.

The team discuss the importance of safeguarding here at STSFT and how they advise and support our staff and patients.

They also talk about how someone can look after their own wellbeing and provide an example of what a case may look like.

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(Named Midwife for Safeguarding Janice Blakey, Named Nurse for Safeguarding Adults Tracy Dawson and Name Nurse for Safeguarding Children Kerry Pate)

On this week's edition of Our People Podcast, our Internal Engagement Officer Jade, speaks to Wellbeing Practitioner, Claire Skaife, about our upcoming Workforce Health and Wellbeing Week. 

Listen to find out how the events will look, how our staff can get involved, and why making sure our staff feel supported, is important to our Trust.

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(Wellbeing Practitioner Claire Skaife and Internal Engagement Officer Jade English)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Matron for NMAHP Workforce Retention Jayne Billings alongside Legacy Mentors Jimmy Sarmiento, Bency Raseena and Siobhan Lynch.

Earlier this year the Nursing and Quality Workforce Team launched our Legacy Mentor Service.

The team is made up of experienced registered nurses who offer support to newly registered Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals.

Jayne, Jimmy, Bency and Siobhan tell us how they help our new starters including our international recruits settle in.

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(Legacy Mentors Siobhan Lynch, Bency Raseena and Jimmy Sarmiento alongside Matron for NMAHP Workforce Retention Jayne Billings (middle right))

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Oral Health Promoters Pauline Wright and Emma Bruce.

Pauline and Emma talk about the importance of promoting oral health and the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home.

They also discuss how bad oral health can have an impact on your overall health and what the most common issues are.

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(Oral Health Promoters Pauline Wright and Emma Bruce)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we met up with Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Sean Fenwick.

Sean discusses how he is involved with helping the Trust manage winter pressures and provides an insight of what pressures the NHS may be dealing with this year.

He also talks about what patients and the community can do to help ease these pressures and what plans have been put in place throughout the region.

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(Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Sean Fenwick)

In the final episode of our three-part series about the Staff Network Groups here at the Trust, we talk to Junior Sister Vasily George from the Renal Satellite Unit at Durham Treatment Centre.

Vasily is involved with the Workforce Race Equality Staff Network (WREN). She talks about how the group is a confidential, safe space for staff to share experiences, provide advice and support, raise concerns and identify solutions.

Vasily also discusses what the Mary Seacole Leadership Programme is and how this has helped her develop. At the beginning of the episode, we're joined by Senior Inclusion Advisor Jake Higgin as he explains why the network changed its name.

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(Junior Sister Vasily George)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we continue to talk to our Staff Network Groups. 

We met up with Organisational & Leadership Practitioner Jill Duncan who chairs the Positive Health Group. This is for staff at the Trust living with long-term physical or mental health conditions.

Jill talks about her own long-term physical condition as she suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. 

She discusses how the Positive Health Group helped her and how it has benefitted several staff working at the Trust.

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(Organisational & Leadership Practitioner Jill Duncan)

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day.

To help raise awareness of this we are highlighting our Staff Network Groups in a three-part series on Our People Podcast.

To kick start this on this week's episode we met up with Thrive Clinical Team Lead Dr Sarah Markham and Assistant Psychologist Rachel Baines.

Rachel is part of the LGBT+ Staff Network and discusses how the group is a safe space for staff to share their experiences and receive support.

Sarah and Rachel are also part of the Thrive team which is a service that offers emotional and mental health support for all STSFT staff.

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(Assistant Psychologist Rachel Baines and Thrive Clinical Team Lead Dr Sarah Markham)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we joined Sunderland Eye Infirmary Clinical Lead and Consultant Ophthalmologist Ajay Kotagiri.

Our Eye Infirmary is one of the leading providers of eye health care services in the UK and is a centre of excellence.

Ajay discusses the types of services we provide our patients and how we aim to provide a first-class service to people who have eye emergencies.

He also talks about how staff have been involved with the planning of the new Eye Hospital and how that will benefit our patients.

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(Sunderland Eye Infirmary Clinical Lead and Consultant Ophthalmologist Ajay Kotagiri)

On Friday 29th September it's World Heart Day.

World Heart Day is a reminder for everyone to take care of their hearts as cardiovascular disease continues to be the world’s number one killer.

To discuss this for the 50th episode of Our People Podcast we joined Consultant Cardiologist Mickey Jachuck and Senior Chief Physiologist in Cardiology Joanna Spence.

They talk about the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest, the importance of learning how to do CPR and lifestyle changes that could help prevent any future heart problems.

Mickey also speaks about taking part in this year's Great North Run and his memories of being one of the four NHS official starters for the half marathon in 2021.

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(Consultant Cardiologist Mickey Jachuck and Senior Chief Physiologist in Cardiology Joanna Spence)

Earlier this month we marked Sexual Health Week.

To discuss the mental aspect of sexual health we joined Psychosexual Therapist Elaine Conway.

Elaine talks about the sort of issues her patients deal with and the services she provides in order to help them. She also highlights the importance of sex education.

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(Pschosexual Therapist Elaine Conway)

September is National Vascular Disease Awareness Month.

To discuss this on Our People Podcast we joined Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner Gemma Davison and Consultant Dr Adriano Sala Tenna.

Gemma and Adriano talk about the most common diseases the vascular department deals with and how the new Investigation and Intervention Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital will benefit our patients and staff.

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(Consultant Dr Adriano Sala Tenna and Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner Gemma Davison)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we joined Elder Life Specialist Practitioner Claire Boylan and Nurse Consultant for Older Persons Chris Cairns.

Claire and Chris talk about how the Alexandra Centre aims to act as a centre of excellence and how the team helps our over 65-year-old patients with delirium and dementia.

They also discuss how the service has a role to support carers and staff within the Trust by providing information, education and specialist input to the wards.

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(Nurse Consultant Chris Cairns and Elder Life Specialist Practitioner Claire Boylan)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we joined Theatre Manager Alan Simpson and Deputy Directorate Manager for Theatres and Critical Care Louisa Robinson.

Our digital theatres have recently had a major overhaul to give operating theatre teams the best technology at their fingertips.

Alan and Louisa talk about why it is important that the team have all the latest technology and what happens during a patient's procedure.

They also discuss what it takes to work in theatres and the strong team bond within the department.

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(Deputy Directorate Manager for Theatres and Critical Care Louisa Robinson and Theatre Manager Alan Simpson)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we joined Safeguarding Children Nurse Advisor Michelle Milburn and Patient Experience Facilitator Alison McNally.

In 2017, the Trust set up the Young Persons' Group which aims to make a difference to children and young people accessing hospital and health services.

Michelle and Alison are key figures in running the group and discuss how they make sure the voices of children and young people are heard throughout the Trust.

We were also joined by members of the group as they talk about how it benefits them and what they enjoy most about volunteering.

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(Safeguarding Children Nurse Advisor Michelle Milburn and Patient Experience Facilitator Alison McNally)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we joined Director of Research Deepali Varma and Director of Innovation Imran Ahmed.

Deepali and Imran talk about the important role research and innovation play at our Trust and how they help patient care.

They also discuss why they joined the NHS and how they got to where they are.

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(Director of Innovation Imran Ahmed and Director of Research Deepali Varma)

On this week's episode of Our People Podcast we joined Diabetes Specialist Nurse and Safe Care Lead Kay Brown as well as Consultant Nimantha De-Alwis.

Did you know more than 4.3 million people are now living with a diagnosis of diabetes in the UK?

Kay and Nimantha talk about what diabetes is, how someone can be tested for it and what health problems it can cause.

They also discuss how diabetes can be treated, how it can be prevented and why it is important for our staff to be educated on the condition.

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(Consultant Nimantha De-Alwis and Diabetes Specialist Nurse Kay Brown)

To kick start Season 3 of the multi-award winning Our People Podcast we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

We joined Infant Feeding Lead for Midwifery, Stacey McFarlane, Community Nursery Nurse, Cheryl Rutherford and mam Angel Puttock.

Angel talks about her first-hand experience of breastfeeding whilst Stacey and Cheryl list all the benefits that come with it.

They also discuss this year's Breastival which has been put on during the week to support and celebrate breastfeeding as part of everyday life.

The team also talk about the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative and how this will help increase breastfeeding rates.

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(Angel Puttock (left) and her two daughters, Cheryl Rutherford (centre) and Stacey McFarlane (right))