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Student Connect

Staffordshire University

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Join student hosts and guests from Staffordshire University as they share experiences of progressing through university education. With stories of mental health, diversity, wellbeing, and inclusivity - with funny and all-too-honest stories to make you laugh out loud.
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Crime Tapes

Staffordshire University

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From motive to mass murder, join the experts at Staffordshire University as they dissect controversial crimes that have shocked the world. #CrimeTapes
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This podcast is produced by Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. It is aimed at our service users, their carers, and our own staff. Our Trust provides physical and mental health, learning disability, and adult social care services across Staffordshire and Shropshire. We also provide drug and alcohol services in prisons and community settings across England.
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Proud to be Staffs

Development and Alumni Relations

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Sports stars, TV personalities, artists, businesspeople, musicians and more – Staffordshire University’s global alumni and honorary doctor community includes inspirational people from all walks of life. From famous faces to hidden treasures, the Proud To Be Staffs podcast will bring you an interview with a different alumni or honorary doctor every two weeks. Expect to be uplifted, motivated and, if you’re Staffordshire University alumni, for the memories to come flooding back. Every single o ...
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Here you will find and be able listen to the most recent podcasts I have created, working with the likes of Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-TrentLive news to hear stories of people in the communities of North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. My shows cover disability, isolation, heritage, creativity, history and community. Thanks for listening. Adam
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Medspire

Anvarjon Mukhammadaminov/ Sanketh Rampes

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At Medspire we interview leading researchers and clinicians with the aim of inspiring the next generation of doctors and scientists. Hear from leaders within their respective fields, about their career paths, lessons learnt along the way and advice for those starting out. We hope you enjoy! "Music: www.bensound.com"
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In this episode of the podcast we hear from Leanne Borley and Jordan Perrins. Both of them work for the Mental Health Support Team in South Staffordshire. The team work closely with identified mental health leads within schools supporting children and young people with emerging, mild, or moderate mental health difficulties that may be affecting the…
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Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University, Chief Executive Officer of All Saints Catholic Collegiate Multi-Academy, and champion for education, Margaret Yates inspires everyone who meets her. In the latest episode of the Proud To Be Staffs podcast, Margaret speaks about the highs and lows of being a teacher, the career progression and the inspira…
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In this episode Kristy, Carolyn and Caroline talk about 5Ways to Wellbeing. Our mental health is important and evidence suggests there are ways that we can look after it which can help to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive, copebetter with life’s up and downs, and get the most out of life.…
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An Honorary Doctor of Staffordshire University and the Artistic Director of the New Vic Theatre, Theresa Heskins’ productions have won the theatre equivalent of the Oscars. In the latest episode of the Proud to be Staffs podcast she talks about her glittering career and why she is so committed to Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Subscribe now so y…
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Jewellery designer and maker Ellina Pollitt’s work was recently featured in Vogue Magazine. In the latest episode of the Proud to be Staffs podcast the Staffordshire University alumna shares her journey of moving to the UK from Russia and how studying at University unlocked skills that led to her becoming an award-winner. Subscribe now so you never…
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March is when the NHS Staff Survey results are published, and we are delighted to announce MPFT scorded above average in all nine of the key elements of the 2023 NHS Staff Survey, surpassing our previous year's results despite another difficult year for NHS services. In this episode we are joined by two colleagues from our Organisational Developmen…
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Unemployment rates are often high for people with mental health issues and the road to a new job can feel overwhelming. Within Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, MPFT is working with specialist mental health employment support service Enable to support people to find work suited to their interests and skills. We chat with Neil Woodhouse, an Early Int…
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Mike Cooper and Jade Clarke are MPFT Mental Health Nurses who work with local authorities, housing associations, and voluntary and community organisations in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to offer mental health support to people who are sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness. They talk about the support they provide to some of the most vulne…
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Speaking up to raise a concern about anything that gets in the way of good patient care is vital in ensuring lessons are learned and services can continuously improve. To mark Speak Up Month, which takes place throughout October each year, we chat with Kath Chambers, one of MPFT’s Freedom to Speak Up Guardians about the role and process of speaking…
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Jamie Smith, graduate, a former staff member and an Honorary Doctor, embodies the spirit of Proud To Be Staffs and serves as an icon for how education changes lives. Tune in to his inspiring story as he shares his insights on the importance of human-centred approaches, prioritising positivity and overcoming poverty-related anxiety to achieve his go…
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Jo Probyn (Head of Forensics) talks about her experience of being invited to 10 Downing Street to attend the 'NHS Heroes' event as part of the NHS75 celebrations. She also discusses her career path that led to her current role as Head of Forensics, and her receipt of "The Fantastic Place to Work Award" at our recent Staff Awards Ceremony. A transcr…
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In this podcast episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with Beth Barnett, an Occupational Therapist at MPFT. Listen to Beth open up about her career journey, and share the driving force behind her choice to become an Occupational Therapist, and highlight her favourite aspects of the role. If you would like to join our award-winning trust as an O…
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In this episode we chat with two of our staff about the work that they have been doing to keep inpatients active during a hospital stay to support with their recovery. The fun, inventive approaches that they and others across the Trust have taken to support our patients has led to MPFT being one of just a handful of NHS trusts in the Midlands to re…
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Join Carol and Stacey in this episode of the Parents PodcastSeries where they talk about breastfeeding when returning to work. It can be a daunting prospect thinking about returning towork while breastfeeding. Carol and Stacey discuss your rights as a breastfeeding employee and top tips on how to practically manage your return. Further information …
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Ceramic designer, studio potter and painter, Honorary Doctor Lorna Bailey tells the story of a 17-year old starting her own ceramic business, figuring out life’s priorities and finding that niche to call her own within the creative industry. Taking a step back in on her own terms, Lorna describes the art of learning to throw vases whilst creating a…
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In this episode of our podcast, we hear from Nicola Ball (Specialist Nurse Practitioner) who works in CAMHS, Lichfield. Nicola talks about the therapeutic benefits of being outside in green spaces, and the development of a garden for children and young people at Holly Lodge in Lichfield. Read about the work for MPFT's Green Team on our website, and…
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In our latest episode of “The Keele Podcast”, Professor Ian Cumming OBE from Keele’s Medical School talks us through his role as UK Ambassador for Health of Overseas Territories; his work coordinating the Covid-19 response abroad; and the future of global healthcare.By Keele University
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The musician Slash tempted Ben McManus to Staffordshire University but it’s his determination to reduce the city’s digital divide that’s kept him in Stoke-on-Trent. The Fine Art alumni share his university memories on the latest Proud to be Staffs podcast. Subscribe now so you never miss an episode.By Development and Alumni Relations
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In this episode Carol and Caroline talk about reducing the risks of accidental poisoning in children. From kitchen cleaner to medicines and things lurking in your garden shed, keeping them away from children is so important. We all wish we had eyes in the back of our heads but being more aware of where we store things in our homes should help us to…
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Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment, sensations and thoughts. Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves a little better. In this episode, health visitor Carol shares how mindfulness can be enjoyed in every day experiences and invites you to join her on a short gu…
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Sleep is so important, but busy thoughts can whizz around our heads, making it difficult to settle. Join Health Visitor Carol as she invites you to follow a guided meditation to help quiet your mind in readiness for sleep. She uses a visualisation technique where you will imagine walking along a beautiful beach, keying into your senses, before find…
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Professor Christine Porath is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and helps organizations build thriving workplaces. She’s the author of the award winning books, Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace and Mastering Community: The surprising ways coming together moves us from surviving to thrivin…
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In this latest episode of The MPFT Podcast we hear from Leanne Macpherson (Head of programmes at the Community Foundation for Staffordshire). Leanne describes the Community Foundation's role in approving grant applications to organisations seeking to provide community-based projects that help support people in Staffordshire with mental health illne…
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Join Carol (a health visitor within the 0-19 service) as she talks you through a physical activity to help shake off feelings of tension or stress from the body. This can be a useful technique to share with children; they too might benefit from shaking off feelings of tension or worry. Or you could decide to do this activity together with your chil…
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Honorary Doctor Sinéad Butters MBE talks about her journey to become the Chief Executive of Aspire Housing in this episode of the Proud to be Staffs podcast. Listen as Sinéad shares her experiences of running a multi-million-pound business in the county where she was born and raised. Subscribe now so you never miss an episode.…
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Dr Aidan Fowler is the National Director of Patient Safety in England and a Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Social Care. Aidan started off his career as a surgeon, working as a consultant colorectal surgeon in Gloucestershire for 10 years. He then transitioned into a series of senior leadership roles including Director …
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In this episode Health Visitors Carol and Caroline talk about crying babies and the ICON messages that help people who care for babies cope with crying. Babies start to cry more from about 2 weeks old and starts to get less each week after 8 weeks old and whether there is a reason or not it can be frustrating, upsetting and extremely stressful. The…
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In this episode of The MPFT Podcast, Lyse Edwards (Head of Operations for the Children and Families Care Group) talks with Gill Phillips (developer of Whose Shoes, a game for co-production) and Rachel Crook (one of the Professional Lead Nurses in the Care Group) about the Whose Shoes Game, and how the Care Group are hoping to use it to shape servic…
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In this latest episode we hear about the collaborative work being undertaken by Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, and colleagues from Primary Care (GP Practices) across Staffordshire. Their work is helping those people suffering from Serious Mental Illness (SMI) deal with both t…
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We are celebrating gaining University Trust status from Keele University. From Tuesday 4 April 2023, we will be known as Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. We will continue to use MPFT, for short, as this is widely used and well recognised. The award is in recognition of our contribution to research and education over a number of…
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Denise Leigh isn’t a blind opera singer, she is an opera singer who just happens to be blind. Listen to our Honorary Doctor talk about her incredible musical journey and her recent cancer treatment with her unique brand of honesty and humour. With special guest Tilly, Denise’s beautiful guide dog and all-round best girl. Subscribe now so you never …
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