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WENTS & Friends

WENTS UK

A podcast series by Women in ENT Surgery UK. WENTS & Friends is about stimulating discussions that revolve around diversity and inclusivity with a view to learning more about the traits that make us unique. Through dialogue, we celebrate the experiences of all peoples within and beyond medicine, with a view to fostering better understanding of our individual journeys and fellowship in our commonalities. Hopefully, leading to a more equitable and thriving healthcare space. WENTS & Friends ...come join us!
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Introducing WENTS & Friends: The Podcast
Changing the Culture
In this episode, Emma Stapleton speaks with three influential board members of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) about issues of diversity, inclusivity, merit and advocacy in a long-established institution, as well as in our own positions in the wider NHS and the global healthcare community.Dr Claire Bayntun is a clinical consultant in global public health and the director of global leadership programs. She is accredited as an executive coach and assessor of emotional intelligence and coaches health leaders from around the world. She is also an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an honorary consultant at Public Health England. Claire’s work at the RSM includes chairing the education committee and leading the development of the RSM COVID-19 series of webinars.Professor Nikhil Patel is an experienced senior consultant cardiologist who was appointed in 1999 as the youngest consultant cardiologist in the country, and is now a deputy chief of medicine and cardiovascular lead. Prof Patel pioneered new technologies with his eminent colleagues, many of which have been featured in the media. He also undertakes a range of educational roles, overseeing training programs and supervising research degrees. He was elected as chair of the RSM’s academic board in 2019.Dr Sarah Filson is an infectious diseases doctor of Ghanaian origin. She has been training in London and is currently at Harvard studying for a masters in public health. She is  a trainee member of the RSM board of trustees where she plays a hugely influential role in the forward-looking direction of the RSM and in widening access to medicine.The panel discuss the challenge of trying to engage the next generation in a 200-year old institution such as the RSM. By focussing on equality, diversity and inclusion to reflect societal changes and what's happening in the NHS,  the RSM aims to enrich what it has to offer to its members, to society, and to the global medical community. We learn how the board is actively monitoring these issues, as well as lobbying and advocating to address health inequalities that have a direct impact on clinical outcomes. The conversation also covers the importance of diversity in creating stronger teams and improving the health and wellbeing of communities. We readdress perceptions around tokenism and imposter syndrome in leadership roles and discuss the concept of Allyship – supporting people to take their place at the table. Our panel share their personal insights and advice on what we can do to promote diversity and address inequality. Simple but powerful tools such as compassion and finding common ground are sometimes the most effective in bringing about change.Get in touchWENTS & Friends is the official podcast for Women in ENT Surgery UKVisit entuk.org/wents-uk for further information and details on becoming a WENTS UK member.Email: wents@entuk.org for any questions or suggestions on topics you may have for future episodes.This show is brought to you by WENTS UK. Follow us on Twitter @UKWENTs. This season’s episodes are hosted by Ekpemi Irune @ENTmimi, Emma Stapleton @otolaryngolofox and Nina Mistry @nina3mistry. Produced and directed by Heather Pownall @heathershub of Heather's Media Hub Ltd. Created and co-produced by Ekpemi Irune. We would like to thank our sponsors Karl Storz for their kind support.
Oct 29 2021
44 mins
Forging Ahead
Our first episode launches with a bang, with a truly enlightening conversation between WENTS President and host Ekpemi Irune and three highly respected ENT surgeons who challenge the status quo and inspire their peers – Prof. Janet Wilson, Prof. Vin Paleri and Mr Guri Sandhu share their personal perceptions and experiences of diversity in the medical space.Janet Wilson is Professor of Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Newcastle University and Past President of the British Laryngological Association.  Professor Wilson has held the substantive chair in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Newcastle University since 1995 and is only the second female to be appointed to a UK chair in ENT. Vin Paleri is a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Professor of Robotics and Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research, London.  Prof. Paleri pioneered trans-oral robotic surgery in the UK and has the largest experience in the country. He is the current President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists.Guri Sandu is a Consultant Laryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospitals in London, with honorary contracts at the Royal Brompton Hospital.  Mr. Sandu set up the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction in London, comprising a multidisciplinary team of specialists with an interest in airway problems.  He is the President of the British Laryngological Association and is highly regarded internationally as an invited speaker.In this full and frank conversation, Prof. Wilson, Prof. Paleri and Mr Sandhu discuss their experience of the constraints faced by women in surgery and their personal experiences of discrimination. They share their own stories about how and why they have thrived in their chosen careers and give invaluable advice to listeners about career progression, including some candid truths about what it takes to succeed.  We cover changes in attitude between the different generations within the hierarchy of medicine and how our guests deal with these.  The surgeons tell us how they intend to use their influence to empower women in surgery and others that feel unrepresented. We also discuss life outside of and after a career in surgery, how this can be better supported and the challenges of retiring from a high-profile medical career. For more inspiring conversations which raise and debate difficult issues that affect surgeons, be sure to subscribe to this podcast to receive alerts on new episodes as they are released. Please do rate and review this podcast below. Get in touchWENTS & Friends is the official podcast for Women in ENT Surgery UKVisit entuk.org/wents-uk for further information and details on becoming a WENTS UK member.Email: wents@entuk.org for any questions or suggestions on topics you may have for future episodes.This show is brought to you by WENTS UK. Follow us on Twitter @UKWENTs. This season’s episodes are hosted by Ekpemi Irune @ENTmimi, Emma Stapleton @otolaryngolofox and Nina Mistry @nina3mistry. Produced and directed by Heather Pownall @heathershub of Heather's Media Hub Ltd. Created and co-produced by Ekpemi Irune.We would like to thank our sponsors Karl Storz for their kind support.
Jun 14 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Introducing WENTS & Friends: The Podcast

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