Welcome to the Hidden Strengths Podcast, where we explore poignant stories from frontline NHS workers and key figures.
Created in recognition of the unparalleled challenges currently facing healthcare systems and their staff around the world from COVID-19, this month PanSurg has launched a series of conversations between NHS workers and key figures to share their experience of adversity and perseverance.
We focus on issues such as endurance, emotional challenges, cooperation and team collaboration, the series sees the first British citizen to go into space Helen Sharman, professional boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao and British journalist Frank Gardner in conversations with NHS workers talking through their own stories and experiences of adversity.
Looking to the future, the hope is that these stories will be provide an interesting and insightful platform for those listening, but also connect key workers across the globe through their human experience of the pandemic, regardless of their background.
Manny Pacquiao speaks with Ralph and Brenda, a married couple that have been working in the NHS for 20 years about how to overcome difficult situations, personal challenges and how to find the strength to persevere.
Helen Sharman talks to Mr Derek Yeung a surgical registrar and research fellow at Imperial College Hospital & Trust about endurance, her own anecdotes about training to go into space and working towards a collective goal for the greater good.
Frank Gardner chats to Dr Mike O’Connor an Anaesthetic & ITU Consultant at Northwick Park Hospital about dealing with the sudden and overwhelming influx of dangerously or seriously unwell patients and his own unexpected experience of being shot.