The future of Afghan healthcare
The infrastructure of Afghanistan healthcare is under threat, as international agencies who run clinics withdraw from the country. At the same time, some of the healthcare workforce are leaving the country, while those who remain face the prospect of their wages drying up as the economy of the country collapses.But there remain people dedicated to providing healthcare, and in this podcast we hear from, Wais Mohammad Qarani, president of the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nurses Council, about what changes might be seen under the new regime, and what needs to be done to support care in the country. (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - September 18, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Healthcare In Afghanistan Now
The final evacuation planes have left Kabul airport, and Afghanistan ’s government have ceded power to the Taliban. Amongst the international community, worries about what that transition of power means for the people of Afghanistan have centred around the rights of women, access to education for the whole population, and the continuing prosperity of the country… However what this means for health is still uncertain. Nadia Akseer is an Afghan scientist and epidemiologist, now working at John's Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and who has published extensively the health of her home country Readin...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - September 9, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - real world vaccine data, GP records and CVD
In this month's Talk Evidence, Helen Macdonald and Joe Ross are back with a wry look at the world of Evidence Based Medicine. They give us a round up of real world data emerging to address various uncertainties about vaccinations against covid Helen has an update on NHS Digital’s project to extract GP coding for planning of healthcare and research, and talks to Natalie Banner from Understanding Patient Data, to find o ut what the public really cares about. Finally, as routine care must go on a clinical review on cardiovascular disease in older adults introduces us to geroscience. Reading list Vaccines; Effecti...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - September 3, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Junior doctors improving hospital wellbeing
The Midlands Charter, is a set of principles that hospitals in the midlands region of England have signed up to, to improve the health and wellbeing of trainees working in the area. Dan Smith is a junior doctor at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and one of the authors of that charter. He joins us to explain how they're QI thinking to improve doctors wellbeing, and how other areas can follow their lead. Read the full charter:https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/wp-content/uploads/sites/46/2020/10/Midlands-Charter-OCT20.pdf (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - August 27, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - scheduling and burnout
Rota gaps are a big problem when it comes to loading stress on the medical workforce, and there is big pressure to spread the workforce as evenly as possible across wards and shifts. However the tyranny of the rota - especially when changing rotations or working across multiple sites, means that often doctors personal wishes, or big life events are not taken into account. The dehumanising status of becoming just a number in the system is not helping people have the kind of fu lfilling careers that encourages people to stay within the workforce, and helps guard them from burnout. So how do we square that circle? Anas Na...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - August 13, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Women’s health and gender inequalities - Legislating for change
It's been 25 years since the declaration on the rights of women, was signed in Beijing - and in that time the landscape of health car inequity has changed. To celebrate we created 3 podcasts, in collaboration with The WHO and UN University, as part of the collection on Women ’s Health and Gender Inequalities www.bmj.com/gender In these podcasts we'll be hosting conversations between women early in, and some who are more advanced in, their careers - doctors, researchers, legislators and campaigners, all working towards building a future in which women can thrive. As well as these in depth discussions, you will hear...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - August 5, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - surveying the mental health of NHS staff
In the wellbeing podcast, we have had a lot of personal experience of the pandemic, and schemes to support staff - but always we've wanted to know if there's research which can tell us how universal those experiences have been. In this podcast, Abi and Cat are joined by Danielle Lamb, senior research fellow at University College London, and Sam Gnanapragasam, clinical fellow in psychiatry at South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust. Danielle and Sam are both investigators on NHS Check - a representative survey of NHS staf f about their mental wellbeing during covid-19.https://nhscheck.org/ (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - July 30, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - Freedom Day
The 19th of July in the UK saw the relaxation of covid rules that have been in place for 18 months - social distancing requirements in venues, mask wearing in public will no longer be legally mandated. There are a lot of questions about what this will mean for the pandemic, and in this episode of Talk Evidence Helen MacDonald, Joe Ross and Duncan Jarvies are joined by Iain Buchan, professor of public health in Liverpool, who has been involved in 2 key studies on covid transmission. Firstly, la teral flow tests - the big questions has been how well do they work in the wild - and how well do they have to work, to be usef...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - July 21, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Women’s health and gender inequalities - The science of women's health
It's been 25 years since the declaration on the rights of women, was signed in Beijing - and in that time the landscape of health car inequity has changed. To celebrate we created 3 podcasts, in collaboration with The WHO and UN University, as part of the collection on Women ’s Health and Gender Inequalities www.bmj.com/gender In these podcasts we'll be hosting conversations between women early in, and some who are more advanced in, their careers - doctors, researchers, legislators and campaigners, all working towards building a future in which women can thrive. As well as these in depth discussions, you will hear...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - July 15, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - the need for culturally aware support
We know the pandemic has disproportionately affected the NHS workers who come from a ethnic minorities, we also know that doctors from an ethnic minority face additional barriers to accessing support - so how well have the various support schemes put in place during the pandemic helped those doctors from ethnic minorities? Dammie Olubawale, medical student and grants and partnerships manager at Melanin Medics, joins us to talk about a fund they've created specifically to help doctors of black African and Caribbean heritage, to access support tailored to them. Dammie explains some of the reasons which doctors, parti cula...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - July 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Women's health and gender inequalities - Campaigning for change
It's been 25 years since the declaration on the rights of women, was signed in Beijing - and in that time the landscape of health car inequity has changed. To celebrate we created 3 podcasts, in collaboration with The WHO and UN University, as part of the collection on Women ’s Health and Gender Inequalities https://www.bmj.com/gender In these podcasts we'll be hosting conversations between women early in, and some who are more advanced in, their careers - doctors, researchers, legislators and campaigners, all working towards building a future in which women can thr ive. As well as these in depth discussions, you ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - June 28, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - GP data, excess mortality and FDA approval
In this Talk Evidence, Helen Macdonald, Joe Ross and Duncan Jarvies discuss what's going on in the world of EBM. Firstly, a while ago on the podcast, we concluded that excess mortality would be the best way to measure the impact of the pandemic - and now a new paper looks at different country's excess mortalitites over the past year. We're joined by author Nazrul Islam Physician-Epidemiologist at the Univers ity of Oxford (and a research editor for The BMJ) to talk about why comparisons may still not be sensible. Read the full research here - https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n1137 The Delta variant is dominating hea...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - June 20, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - are men worse at sounding the alarm about their mental health?
We've been bringing you stories of doctors wellbeing for a while in the podcast, but we noticed a pattern. Woman would come on and talk about their own difficulties, men would talk about other peoples - so we wanted to dive into that a bit, and called out on twitter for men who would be willing to open up to our listeners about their own mental health. This interview is with Zeshan Quereshi - consultant in paediatrics, author and TedX talker. In this conversation we talk about why it is that men are particularly disinclined to open up about their difficulties at work, and what Zeshan has done to try and support his own. ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - June 4, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus Second Wave - wrapping up the UK's response
Finally it seems that life might return to normal in the UK, as the vaccination efforts continue apace, and despite concern about increasingly spreading variants, our hospitals are not being overwhelmed. Because of this, we are changing our approach to covering the pandemic - and taking this second wave podcast to pastures new, but before that, in this last episode we’re going to look backwards and forwards, at the UK’s response. On the panel today are Matt Morgan, consultant in critical car e, Nisreen Alwan, associate professor in public health, Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes, and Helen Salisbury, GP.w...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - May 28, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus Second Wave - wrapping up a the UK's response
Finally it seems that life might return to normal in the UK, as the vaccination efforts continue apace, and despite concern about increasingly spreading variants, our hospitals are not being overwhelmed. Because of this, we are changing our approach to covering the pandemic - and taking this second wave podcast to pastures new, but before that, in this last episode we’re going to look backwards and forwards, at the UK’s response. On the panel today are Matt Morgan, consultant in critical car e, Nisreen Alwan, associate professor in public health, Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes, and Helen Salisbury, GP.w...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - May 28, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - Questions to ask yourself, if you think medicine may no longer be for you
The pandemic has wrought a lot of change, not least to doctors relationship to their careers. While still loving the patient interaction, we're increasingly hearing that doctors are disillusioned with the other aspects of medicine. If you're feeling that way, there are ways to structure your thinking to help you make sense of your career. In this podcast Claire Kaye, former portfolio GP and now coach, explains how she went about deciding medicine wasn't for her, and how she helps doctors go through that process too. You can find Claire at https://www.drclairekaye.com/https://www.instagram.com/drclairekaye_executivecoach...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - May 21, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence covid-19 update - Research on vaccine safety, treatment for dementia
In this week's Talk Evidence, Joe Ross, BMJ editor and professor at Yale again joins Helen Macdonald to talk about emerging evidence on Covid-19. They also welcome to the podcast Juan Franco, family physician in Buenos Aires, and professor at the Instituto Universitario Hospital Italiano, and new editor-in-chief of BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. This week, the team bring you updates on; Post-covid syndrome in individuals admitted to hospita l with covid-19 - how are people with long covid faring. Finally published research from Scandinavia on the risk of thrombotic events after administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca v...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - May 14, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Roopa Dhatt - Getting woman into leadership positions in healthcare
This interview is part of our BMJ interview series, where we talk to the people who are changing medicine. The series thus far has been a bit male dominated - reflecting the leadership in medicine at the moment, if not the actual workforce. One woman who's planning to change that is Roopa Dhatt, executive director of Woman in Global Health - a new grassroots organistion which is making waves with its demand for equality of representation for woman in global health decision making.In this interview, we talk to Dr Dhatt about the genesis of Woman in Global Health, and how they've managed to cement real commitment from the ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - May 7, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - Humanising medicine
In medicine, a lot of work has been done to encourage person centred care - but can that maxim be extended to the people working within the healthcare system? Subodh Dave has just been elected as dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and joins us fresh from talking at the International conference on physician health to speak about his ambition to humanise medicine. In this podcast, Subodh, Abi and Cat discuss what lessons from the pandemic need t o remain, why at this time it's really important to look out for your colleague with family overseas, and how ice cream trucks meant much more than a cold treat.www.bmj.c...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - April 29, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - After shielding
On this wellbeing podcast, Abi and Cat are joined by Emma Lishman, a clinical psychologist and part of the North Bristol NHS Trust's staff wellbeing team.Emma helps doctors return to training after a break - be that for maternity leave, or covid-19. Emma describes some of the fears that doctors who have been shielding have expressed coming back onto the ward, the ways in which teams may inadvertently make those worse, and the problems with complying with risk assessments in the face of staffing pressures. Wellbeing podcasts have focused a lo t on the importance of openness about mental health in the NHS, but in this pod...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - April 22, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - headaches abound
Recorded on Tuesday 13th of April, as the shops open in the UK, and England is heading to the beer gardens. The roll out of the vaccination programme has completed its first phase, and second doses have been given to the most vulnerable people - and now the under 50s are starting to get their first doses. In this podcast, Duncan Jarvies, multimedia editor for The BMJ, talks to; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, and Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire.The genomicc trial Matt mentions is still recruiting - if you're interest...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - April 14, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Measure the broader impacts of healthcare
The synergistic linking of increasing health and wealth is broadly accepted - it's an integral part of the thinking between the Sustainable Development Goals, and the World Bank's call for universal healthcare as a way of boosting a country's economy. But the quantification of that link - the extent to which a particular health intervention, has broader economic impacts, is actually pretty poorly understood. In this podcast, we hear from some economists, who have an idea about how we could - fairly easily - measure those impacts at the same ti me we measure clinical efficacy. Joining us are, Dean Jamison, professor eme...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - April 10, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - children and covid, varients of concern, ivormectin update
The evidence geekery continues, and this week Helen Macdonald and Duncan Jarvies are joined again by Joe Ross, The BMJ's US research editor, and professor of medicine and public health at Yale. This week we update you on treatment - the WHO's guidelines for covid and ivermectin, and why they're not ready to recommend it's use in treatment, and prophylactic anticoagulation treatment. We hear about two papers from the UK and Switzerland which look at children and covid, and we pick up on varients of concern and long covid. Reading list. Association between living with children and outcomes from covid-19: OpenSAFELY cohor...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - April 2, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - vaccination roll out changes, uncertainty about long covid
In the UK, phase 2 of our coronavirus vaccination strategy may be delayed by supply problems, at the same time many GPs, who carried out the majority of the first vaccination phases, are declining to take on the addition burden and are trying to return to normal clinical work.In this podcast, Duncan Jarvies, multimedia editor for The BMJ, talks to the full panel; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire, and Nisreen Alwan, public health consultant in Southampton. (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - March 25, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - Put yourself first
In this Wellbeing podcast, sponsored by medical protection, Abi Rimmer and Cat Chatfield talk to Susanna Petche and Reina Popat, GPs and members of First You - an organisation of healthcare workers, promoting wellbeing in the NHS.They discuss why it is that clinicians learn to subjugate their own wellbeing to their patients', and the ways in which working in the healthcare system perpetuate that. They discuss how systemic change can come through individual action, and how peers can band together to support each other. (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - March 18, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

What should "following the science" mean for government policy?
This round table, recorded at the nuffield summit 2021, asks what does following the science actually mean - do ministers understand the nuance of the science in the pandemic, and how does uncertainty get interpreted through the lens of ideology and the power of compelling stories. Taking part are: Kamran Abassi, executive editor of The BMJ Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology Deborah Cohen, health correspondent for BBC Newsnight Tom Sasse, associate director at the Institute for Government Christina Pagel, professor of Operational Research at University Coll ege London Matt Morgan, intensive care consult...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - March 15, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - Inside the JCVI, and the key to grading evidence
In a slightly different talk evidence, Helen Macdonald and Duncan Jarvies are bringing you a couple, of in depth interviews, Firstly, Anthony Harnden, GP, academic and member of the UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation takes us inside their decision making, and explains what evidence they look at, how they assess it, and what the next year of vaccination may look like. Also in this episode, Gordon Guyat t, one of the founders of EBM, joins us to talk about Grade - the framework in which evidence for guidelines can be assessed - and explains why the most important thing is not the RCTs, but being very cle...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - March 12, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Stephen Thomas - Behind the scenes in the Pfizer vaccine trial
Never has the spotlight been as strong on a clinical trial as that on the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the first approved for covid-19. In this interview, Joanne Silberner spoke to its lead principal investigator, Stephen Thomas chief of infectious diseases at SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York, became the lead principal investigator for one of the most closely watched clinical trials in history. They discuss the moment th e positive results came through, what will happen to the people who are still enrolled in the trial, but got a placebo dose, and why the trial was designed in the way it was.www.bmj.com/coronavirus...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - March 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - cancelled surgery, increasing waiting lists
Many surgeries have been cancelled during the pandemic, with good reason, as early data showed the increase in mortality associated with a coronavirus infection, but now waiting lists grow, and there are questions about how the NHS will pick up the slack. In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to the full panel; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire, and Nisreen Alwan, public health consultan t in Southampton. They are joined by Mary Venn, research fellow, and hono...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - March 3, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - speaking out about mental health in the NHS
Ashling Lillis is a now consultant in acute medicine at Whittington Health NHS Trust, but she was almost a consultant in intensive care medicine - but a mental health crisis just 6 months before she qualified made her reassess her career, and choose a different path. In this podcast, Ash talks to Abi and Cat about the difficulty many doctors have when discussing their mental health - and how speaking out about her own experiences, has encouraged others to talk to her privately - and opened her eyes to the extent of the problem in the NHS.www.bmj.com/wellbeing (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 26, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

The BMJ Interview - Jeremy Farrar; sharing the vaccine is enlightened self interest
Jeremy Farrar, is director of the Wellcome Trust, as well as advisor to the government on SAGE. Trained as a medic and with a PhD in neuro-immunology, he was a professor of Tropical Medicine and Global health at the University of Oxford. In this podcast, he tells us why he thinks that vaccine nationalism is a very short-termist response the pandemic, and why he's bullish about new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.www.bmj.com/coronavirus (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Corona virus second wave - Palliative care, and online abuse
In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire, and Nisreen Alwan, public health consultant in Southampton. This week our special guest is Rachel Clarke, author and palliative care specialist.The panel discuss how end of life care has changed in the pandemic, and how clinicians have become targets of abuse on social media, for speaking out about things like masks and hospital capacity. (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 17, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing special - A post vaccination mindfullness moment
The observation period, after receiving a covid-19 vaccination may be the only 15 minutes someone in the NHS might get all day. In this podcast, we're joined again by Chris Bu, psychiatry trainee who has previously spoken to us about how Burmese Buddhism helped him in his training. He takes us through a guided mindfullness meditation, tailored to that post-vaccination period, to help you make the most of your observation time.www.bmj.com/wellbeing (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 12, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - re-hospitalistion for covid-19, remote hypertension intervention
The evidence geekery continues, and this week Helen Macdonald and Duncan Jarvies are joined by Joe Ross, The BMJ's US research editor, and professor of medicine and public health at Yale. This week we pick up on a preprint in medRxiv, which has been attracting attention on social media - it tries to look at the longer term effects of covid hospitalisation. Joe explains why he thinks propensity matching can be summarised as "doing your best". Finally, as more and more care moves r emotely, we discuss a trial on a digital intervention to help manage poorly controlled hypertension remotely. Reading list: Epidem...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 12, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Neil Greenberg on tackling PTSD in the NHS
Neil Greenberg is a clinical psychologist, and professor of Defence Mental Health at King's College London. He spent 23 in the military, and now continues to work with them on things like peer led traumatic stress support packages. A recent survey of NHS staff showed disturbing signs that covid-19 has caused a widespread trauma in staff, so in this podcast we talked to Neil about trauma and moral injury, what some of the warning signs are, and what individuals and organisations can do to help their colleagues.www.bmj.com/wellbeing (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 9, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

The BMJ interview - Jeremy Hunt MP
Jeremy Hunt probably needs no introduction to our audience - the UK's longest serving health minister, he now chairs Westminster's Health and Social Care Committee - the powerful committee that holds the government to account for its policy choices.In this interview Gareth Iacobucci asks Hunt if he regrets his decision to impose the contract on junior doctors which lead to their industrial action, how workforce issues have left the NHS in a poor state to deal with a health emergency. They also talk about the potential for a public enquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic, and what an upcoming committee report...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - The NHS one year on
The "public health emergency of international concern" was issued by the WHO a year and a lifetime ago. As the UK ramps up testing for the South African virus variant, and is full steam ahead on vaccination, we look back at what we've learned in that time. In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, and Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire. They talk about working in the NHS at the moment, the utility of international comparisons, and their remaining ques...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 4, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

The BMJ interview - Tom Frieden, former CDC director on why we thought we were prepared
It ’s been just over a year since the WHO declared the pandemic a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” - if you cast your mind back to then, the news was full of reassurances about how prepared the UK and the USA were for a pandemic. Now a year later, with the benefit of hindsight, that confidence was wildly overstated - but why was that, what is the gap between that theoretical readiness, and reality. In this podcast we're joined by talking to Tom Frieden - former director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, under President Obama, and who has a long history of public healt...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - February 2, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - 100,000 deaths
Recorded on the 26th January 2021 The UK has become, officially, the worst performing country in terms of Covid-19 deaths, per head of population - and the number of people in hospital is still higher than at any point in the pandemic. In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, and Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire.They talk about working in the NHS at the moment, and the challenges in things like oxygen and vaccine supplies. How the pandemic has exposed a gap ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 27, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - The view from the front line
In the UK, over 37,000 people are in hospital with covid-19, and the NHS comes closer than ever to being overwhelmed - though 4 million people have received their first dose of the vaccine, we are warned that things will get worse before they get better. In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to; Partha Kar, consultant in diabetes and endocrinology in Portsmouth, Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire, and Nisreen Alwan, public health consultant in Southampton , about the pressure on hospitals, why GPs are questioning the need for ma...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 20, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

The BMJ interview: Fixing America’s covid response in the Biden era
US president elect Joe Biden wasted no time in appointing a special advisory board of experts to guide America out of its coronavirus crisis. One of those experts is Celine Gounder, an infectious diseases epidemiologist who has worked on Ebola, tuberculosis, and HIV in Africa and South America. She’s a clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at New York University’s School of Medicine, as well as an active w riter and podcast host, including of Epidemic In this podcast she talks to Joanne Silberner about the ways in which the taskforce is helping prepare for action immediately after ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Talk Evidence - Lateral flow tests update, not the best public health approach
In this episode of Talk Evidence, Jon Deeks, professor of biostatistics at the University of Birmingham, returns to the pod with an update on lateral flow tests - and why the government plan for using them in asymptomatic screening for covid-19 doesn't follow the science. We're also joined by Allyson Pollock, clinical professor of public health at Newcastle University, and author of a recent editorial in The BMJ about asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2. She explains why she thinks supporting social isolation is the missing piece of our approach to tackling the pandemic. Covid-19 INNOVA testing in schools: don&rsquo...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 16, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

The BMJ Interview - Andrew Pollard on the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine
Andrew Pollard is Director of the Oxford Vaccines Group - who, along with Astra Zeneca, have developed an modified adenovirus vaccine for SARS-CoV-2. In this interview we talk to him about the development of that vaccine - what he thinks about the UK government's plan to increase the interval between doses; if he worries about a mutating virus and vaccine escape; and how the university came to make a deal with a commercial company to provide co st-price vaccinations for the world.www.bmj.com/coronavirus (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 14, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Wellbeing - where to turn for emotional support during the pandemic
The Samaritans have traditionally been there for people in a crisis, those who are on the verge of ending their life by suicide - but during this pandemic, with the personal toll of caring for covid-19 patients, they are also here to provide emotional support for NHS staff however they are feeling. In this podcast, Ben Phillips, head of service programmes for Samaritans joins us to explain how being listened to can help - and how to tactfully point your colleagues towards that emotional help if you feel they need it.https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/health-and-care/ (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 12, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Food aid - helping providers support the health of their users
The growth in the need for food aid, in the UK, has been staggering. That's why The BMJ has chosen the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) as its annual charity appeal. Nutritional guidelines which work for everyone is difficult, even harder for food aid providers who have to factor in things like long term storage, reduced access to fresh produce and in some cases the inability to afford the electricity to cook with. In this podcast, Sabine Goodwin, IFAN's coor dinator is joined by Isabel Rice, dietician at the charity Centrepoint, and Dee Woods, co-chair of IFAN and who co-runs Granville Community Kitchen, a food aid ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Coronavirus second wave - The UK's fourth lockdown
Recorded Tuesday 5th Jan 2021 As the UK enters lockdown, again, schools are closed, the NHS struggles under the surge of cases, new variants of SARS-COV-2 virus stalk the world, and vaccination programmes make a faltering start. In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire, and Nisreen Alwan, public health consultant in Southampton, about the pressure on critical care, England's vaccination roll out, the closure of schools and why communication is undermining trust in the vaccines. All the BMJ's ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 6, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Corona virus second wave - The UK's fourth lockdown
Recorded Tuesday 5th Jan 2021 As the UK enters lockdown, again, schools are closed, the NHS struggles under the surge of cases, new variants of SARS-COV-2 virus stalk the world, and vaccination programmes make a faltering start. In this podcast, Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, talks to Matt Morgan, a consultant in a intensive care medicine in Cardiff, Helen Salisbury, GP in Oxfordshire, and Nisreen Alwan, public health consultant in Southampton, about the pressure on critical care, England's vaccination roll out, the closure of schools and why communication is undermining trust in the vaccines. All the BMJ's ...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 6, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

Listening is the first part of research
The BMJ has long campaigned for better patient and public participation in research, making the case that it leads to better outcomes for patients and for society - but an article published in the Christmas edition of The BMJ goes further than that - and talks about the insights that participants in research provide- insights that the academic team would never be able to have themselves. In this podcast, Seb Crutch a professor of neuropsychology, and Martin Rossor, national director for dementia research - who have been involved in neurological research as academics, and also by Valerie Mansfield, who’s a member of...
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 5, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts

A (non-systematic) evidence review of 2020
As 2021 hoves into view, we look back at a year of extraordinary evidence. Helen Macdonald is joined by Joe Ross, one of The BMJ's research editors, as well as a researcher at Yale.They discuss the way in which clinical pre-prints have become an important part of the research ecosystem, especially during the pandemic, and pick up on some of the non-coronavirus things you might have missed in the deluge of data. (Source: The BMJ Podcast)
Source: The BMJ Podcast - January 3, 2021 Category: General Medicine Authors: BMJ talk medicine Source Type: podcasts