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Solent Sessions

Solent Sessions

By Solent NHS Trust
Welcome to the Solent Sessions podcast brought to you by Solent NHS Trust. The show where we explore our minds, chat about lived experiences and hear the powerful stories of real people living real lives. Join our hosts Dan Winter-Bates and Emily Munns, as they take you through those real, raw and sometimes difficult conversations to help raise awareness in the world of wellbeing.
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Making the best of a team dynamic
In today’s episode we’re joined by Kathryn Smith, Learning and Development Partner, to talk about team building. From leadership development to creating conversation, Kathryn’s shares her thoughts on making the best of a team dynamic.
April 28, 2022
All things sustainability
Today we speak with Abigail Omidiran, Energy Apprentice at Solent, about all things sustainability. Not only does Abigail talk about how people can live more sustainably, she also share’s what we are doing at Solent to help the planet and work towards our target of achieving Carbon Net Zero by 2040. 
April 22, 2022
Building skills for the future
In this episode, we discuss the ways in which we can learn and grow through apprenticeships with Luke Conroy, who recently completed a Nursing Associate apprenticeship, and is now working as the Physical Intervention Lead in one of our Mental Health Teams in Portsmouth. Tune in as Luke speaks openly about his journey into an apprenticeship.
April 08, 2022
Living through the pandemic
Recorded October 2021... In this episode we are very lucky to be joined by the wonderful Beth Carter our Infection prevention and control lead here at Solent. Beth shares her personal story about working through COVID-19 and also delves into how her past experiences have helped her through the pandemic.
April 01, 2022
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at the heart of Solent
In today's special festive episode, our colleagues from our Southampton COVID-19 Vaccination Centre share their festive wishes with you. From spending time with their loved ones to sharing gratitude, they also share their honest reflections on what the festive season means to them. Music:  Borrtex - Children's Joy Scott Holmes Music - A Peaceful Winter Christmas Miracle - Fesliyan Studios
December 21, 2021
Creating and sustaining an inclusive culture (part 2)
We're back with part two of our conversation about inclusivity and culture with Ophelia Watson, Experience of Care Lead and Leon Herbert, Head of Diversity and Inclusion System Wide. "At the end of the day it's about what you bring to the organisation, it's about what you deliver, what your outputs are, and that doesn't have to be a one size fits all."
December 03, 2021
Life lessons from our colleagues
Travel with us to our Portsmouth COVID-19 Vaccination Centre as we speak with our colleagues about what they do to look after their own wellbeing, how they unwind after a long day and why looking after ourselves is so important.
November 26, 2021
Focusing your energy
Welcome back to Season 3 of the Solent Sessions podcast! In our first episode we speak with Hazel Anderson-Turner, Business Psychologist and Coach, about focusing our energy. We discuss everything from boosting our motivation to learning how we can be kind to ourselves on the days we are struggling to find it. 
November 19, 2021
Speaking up
In today's episode we speak with Sue Harriman, Chief Executive, and Rachel Cheal, Chief of Staff, about the importance of speaking and creating a culture where people feel safe and encouraged to do so. 
October 27, 2021
Creating and sustaining an inclusive culture
"Empowering people to have the ability to voice their own voice." "For me, being inclusive wasn't just about culture, it was about life and that everybody should have the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging wherever they choose to live, or however they choose to live." What does it mean to be inclusive? This week, we speak with Leon Herbert, Head of Diversity and Inclusion System Wide, and Ophelia Matthias, Experience of Care Lead, about creating and maintaining an inclusive culture.
July 16, 2021
Life after lockdown
In this episode, we discuss what life after lockdown will look like and the impacts it may have on our bodies. Cameron Brew, MSK Physiotherapist, shares with us his tools and techniques to preventing unhealthy habits.
July 02, 2021
Yoga and your worth
In this episode, we speak with Adele Sales, Wellbeing Practitioner and Yoga instructor about the benefits of incorporating yoga into your daily routine to boost self-esteem. We’ll also explore wellbeing in a wider sense.
June 25, 2021
Sharing stories
Sharing our vulnerabilities can be extremely difficult but openly talking about them can help us to define what we need from ourselves and others, and creates opportunities for us to learn from one another. Today's episode is lead by our very own Chief Executive, Sue Harriman, and Trust Chaplain, Emma D'aeth as they takeover the podcast to share their own personal reflections and stories from the pandemic.
June 18, 2021
Make it happen
Having goals for things we want to do and working towards them is an important part of being human. The path may not always run smoothly, and there might be challenges along the way, but having goals, whether big or small, is part of what makes us feel good. It gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, points us in the direction we want to go and gets us interested and engaged, all of which are good for our overall happiness. So how do we set goals for ourselves and what can we do to keep ourselves motivated to achieve them? We discuss this in today's episode with Sian Kilmister, Occupational Therapist and Pamela Dicko, Student Psychologist.
June 11, 2021
Staying connected
‘Staying connected’ is something we have all heard a lot of lately, but we haven’t heard so much about why it’s so important to practice connection in all its different forms. Today we speak with Sally Gray, Psychotherapist, about the power self and social connection can have on our mental health, and how to apply it to our daily lives. 
March 12, 2021
The power of vulnerability
What does it mean to truly be vulnerable? This week, our hosts Emily and Dan open up about their own lived experience and talk about their vulnerabilities around sharing their stories with others in their lives, as well as people in the workplace. From acknowledging their experiences to teaching themselves honesty and acceptance - Emily and Dan inquire how their vulnerability with not only others, but also with themselves, has taught them to grow and live more authentically.
March 05, 2021
Words of wellness
Perhaps what we’ve learnt over the past year is; the best source of inspiration and support comes from those around us. In today’s episode we discuss how speaking openly about what we are feeling and sharing our own ‘words of wellness’ can have a huge impact in peoples lives. We find out from Dr Joseph Bagley, Head of Operations for Primary Care, and Gregory White, Director of Drop the Mask Productions CIC, what they do to support their own wellbeing, as well as their recommendations to you.
February 26, 2021
A path to better health
In this episode, we discuss the ways in which you can pave your way to ‘better health’ with Wellbeing Practitioner, Hetty Thompson. Hetty helps us delve into the world of diet, hydration and healthy lifestyle choices that we can easily wave into our daily lives. Hetty also speaks about the benefits this will have on not only our bodies, but our mental wellbeing too.
February 19, 2021
After a year of change and uncertainty, finding new ways to introduce self kindness into our daily lives might just be what we all need. But, how can we shift a negative mindset and begin to view ourselves in a more positive light? How can we treat ourselves with more warmth and compassion? And most importantly, why? These are all questions we explore in today’s chat with Business Psychologist and Coach, Hazel Anderson-Turner.
February 12, 2021
Introducing the Solent Sessions podcast and our hosts Dan and Emily.
February 10, 2021