Blog Archive

Monday, 3 October 2016

AfterTrauma Blog - The Rocky Road to Recovery

Well I thought that I had written my last blog for AfterTrauma but not long after that piece I wrote an email to Nicole, who looks after the website, my thoughts on what I think presents the biggest challenge for survivors of significant trauma once they leave the acute hospital setting. She got back to me suggesting that it would make an excellent blog. So, you can find it here on AfterTrauma in association with Barts Centre for Trauma Sciences.

Please do get in touch to let me know your thoughts.

All the best


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

AfterTrauma Blog – Making Sense: Trauma and Identity

In this my final guest post for AfterTrauma I explore the challenges people who have experienced significant trauma must face. Surviving massive trauma confronts the individual with some fundamental and profound questions. Questions that can lead or force that individual to make big lifestyle changes. Some positive, others not so positive.

The Space Between by Philip Sheridan
The Space Between by Philip Sheridan

The transition home from acute hospital care to the long term chronic care within ones community can prove incredibly difficult. Many factors can act to support or disable the individual during this difficult period. One that can last months and drift into years.

For some people the crisis of trauma and its survival can present one with a renewed sense of opportunity and growth. For other people, the crisis of trauma can present challenges that prove beyond the individuals ability to cope. When this happens it can lead to a downward spiral of concomitant losses; loss of employment, loss of familial bonds, substance misuse, and serious mental illness.

Crossing the River Lethe by Philip Sheridan
Crossing the River Lethe by Philip Sheridan

I explore and suggest the arts and humanities as a way to give voice to survivors and health care professionals (both acute and long term healthcare settings) as a way of connecting with and making sense of this difficult period of change.

Please do get in touch to let me know your thoughts.

All the best


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Monday, 18 July 2016

Poems for the PATHWAYS Project

In October 2015 Bright Sparks Theatre Arts Company in collaboration with the Patient | Carer Community (PCC) at Leeds Institute of Medical Education, the School of Medicine, University of Leeds, commissioned me to facilitate a series of poetry workshops for medical students exploring the lived experience of people and carers with dementia.

Hosted at Inkwell Arts, Leeds, a safe, creative and accessable space that challenges the stigma of mental health and celebrates the diversity of its participants. Over the course of three workshops in discussion with the students, carers and people with dementia I produced three poems based upon those conversations.

The Space Between by Philip Sheridan
Read by Cynthia Rover

The Space Between - Poem by Philip Sheridan from philip sheridan on Vimeo.

The resulting two films produced by Greg Brauns showcase the wonderful creative atmosphere of exploration that resulted from this innovative use of the arts and humanities in medical education.

Crossing the River Lethe by Philip Sheridan
Read by Ros Lewis

Crossing the River Lethe - Poem by Philip Sheridan from philip sheridan on Vimeo.

Find out more about all the patient and carer involvement work of the PCC at the Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME), School of Medicine, University of Leeds.

We'd love to see you.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

AfterTrauma Blog - How Do You Cope?

My latest guest blog for AfterTrauma called How Do You Cope?

Sometimes we need help crossing the threshold to a fresh horizon.
Image by Paul Earle
In this blog I introduce how natural green spaces can help us cope with the emotional impact of significant trauma.

Time spent in and with nature just feels right and good.
Image by Robert Servais

Do get in touch.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

AfterTrauma Blog - Helpful Conversations

You can find my latest guest blog on the AfterTrauma website called Helpful Conversations.

Source: Atul Gawande. Being Mortal.

I talk about just how important the right conversation with the right healthcare professional who asks the right questions can make all the difference to our quality of life after trauma.

1. Gawande A. Being mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End. Profile Books, London; 2014.

Get in touch and let me know what you think.



Monday, 21 March 2016

AfterTrauma Guest Blog

AfterTrauma is an organisation that aims to provide a community for patients and families to rebuild lives and support each other after experiencing a traumatic injury.  They offer information and resources to help survivors and families on the recovery journey.

After I had written a survivor story for them last year they got back in touch to ask if I would write a regular monthly blog for them. I'm looking forward to sharing and exploring my thoughts and ideas over the next year. You can read my first blog now and let me know what you think. It's always good to share the conversation.

Until next time, all the best.


Monday, 15 February 2016

Integrated Healthcare Report by RCP

I am pleased to say that the Royal College of Physicians have published a report that I contributed to called, Integrated Care - Taking Specialist Medical Care Beyond the Hospital Walls

I offer the perspective that patients and healthcare professionals need to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century healthcare system in a coproduced manner.

I would like to thank Dr Sufyan Hussain, a Darzi Fellow where I met him, for inviting me to contribute to this important report that will offer guidance to policymakers, think tanks and strategy writers for integrated care.