Podcast Episodes with Parents Working in the NHS from Leaders Plus

Big Careers Small Children is a podcast hosted by Leaders Plus founder Verena Hefti MBE.

In each episode, Verena interviews experts - honestly and informally - on topics relating to ambitious working parents.

Below we have curated a list of episodes in discussion with parents working in the NHS as we know that this often presents very unique challenges.

We believe that no parent should have to choose between progressing the career they love and enjoying their young children.

Through the Big Careers, Small Children podcast and our award-winning Fellowship Programme, we help working parents to get to senior leadership positions, without having to sacrifice being present with their young families.

We're creating a world where nobody needs to choose between becoming a CEO and raising a family. 

We hope you enjoy listening to our podcast and invite you to follow us on social media @leaders_plus #BigCareersSmallChildren

Discover Podcast Episodes in Conversation with Parents Working in the NHS on #BigCareersSmallChildren. Looking for more episodes? Listen to our full archive, including new episodes with experts every Thursday, at leadersplus.org/podcast/

Practical tips for parents working in the NHSEpisode 129 – Compilation Episode: Practical Tips for Parents Working in the NHS

In this special compilation episode we share the best practical tips for parents working in the NHS and combining a big career and small children.

Big Careers, Small Children - Dr Tom Bashford and Catherine MugeEpisode 121 – How to Navigate Shared Parental Leave as a Dual Career Couple

Dr Tom Bashford and Catherine Muge share their two experiences of Shared Parental Leave, as well as their views on the importance of role modelling equality for their sons.

Episode 95 – Karen Squires – From Hairdresser to A&E Consultant: Progressing a Career in Emergency Medicine Whilst Raising a Young Family

Karen Squires, an A&E Consultant from Liverpool, talks changing careers and raising young children whilst working in emergency medicine.

Becky Maxwell - Leaders With Babies Podcast - Emergency MedicineEpisode 41 – Working in Emergency Medicine, Leading in a Crisis & Dealing with Uncertainty

Emergency Medicine Consultant Becky Maxwell successfully juggles a busy career at the hospital with raising her 2-year-old son. She shares how she deals with uncertainty, leads in a crisis as well as her tips for influencing senior leaders.

Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England, Leaders With Babies PodcastEpisode 12 – Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE

In episode 12 Verena is joined by Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE, the former National Clinical Director of Mental Health for NHS England, to talk mental health, having purpose and staying true to your values when progressing your career.

Dr Susie Minson Paediatric Consultant and Leaders Plus Fellow Episode 1 – Dr Susie Minson 

Consultant Paediatrician and busy mum Dr Susie Minson joins Verena to discuss her biggest learning points when combining a thriving leadership career in the NHS with raising her 3 young children.

Episode 135 - Anne Crumley – Compassionate Leadership & Being Human at Work & How Being a Working Parent Has Changed in the Last 30 Years

This week Verena is joined by the Assistant HR Director for NHS Ayrshire and Arryn, Ann Crumley, who has over 30 years of experience working in the NHS.

Kate Jarman - Flex NHS

Episode 100 – Kate Jarman – Building a Movement for Change in Flexible Working & Being Your Authentic Self at Work

Kate Jarman, Co-Founder of Flex NHS joins us to discuss flexible working in the NHS and why this is a retention as well as a recruitment issue.

Jane Galloway - Head of Flexible Learning NHS England

Episode 77 – How to Successfully Request Flexible Working, Juggling Two Careers, Finding Your Tribe & Silencing Your Inner Critic

This week Verena is joined by NHS England Head of Flexible Working and Founder of Quiet The Hive Jane Galloway to discuss all things flexible working.

Dr Suhana Ahmed Crisis ManagementEpisode 24 – How to Lead in a Crisis and why Biscuits and Handcream are Essential

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Suhana Ahmed, who has been on the frontline of the Coronavirus Pandemic, shares practical advice on how to lead a team during a crisis, plus why small acts of kindness can make all the difference during the hard times.

Prof Dame Jane Dacre - Leaders With Babies Podcast Episode 6 – Prof Dame Jane Dacre

Prof Dame Jane Dacre joins Verena to share her experience of the first-ever general medicine job share, plus there’s discussion on leadership and gender in the NHS, including the gender pay gap review.

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