Spaces for Recovery – The Slow Swimming Club

Following the overwhelmingly positive feedback to the first Slow Swimming Club, we will again be inviting our storyteller-in-residence, Clare Murphy, to host a series of virtual spaces where creative, joyful and stimulating ideas are explored to help shape the way we revisit recovery and (re)find our path through the existing and emerging challenges we face in work, and life.

Each session will last for 90 minutes, and be open to all. Clare will host a carefully curated selection of contributors from around the world – from NASA to poets, and lots in between; come to listen, to be heard, and to join a community where the ethos is ‘the faster we go, the slower we need to be’.

A gathering place for the people of the NHS leadership Academy.  The Slow Swimming Club will be a home for creative expression, diversity of thought and a rich tapestry of concepts curated at this moment in time.  Created with and for our community in the South West, the Slow Swimming Club has been designed with space, time and place in mind, a reflection and extension of the idea that the faster we go, the slower we need to be.

Throughout the cold months of Jan, Feb, March 2022 Clare will be hosting three live events, bringing together eclectic thinkers, experiences and practices that are carefully designed to invite you into alternative views on the world, of work, development and change.  We hope to inspire you, to provoke and stimulate you, and to strengthen the bonds of our diverse communities as we all seek to find time and space to grow.

Sessions

(Re) Purpose – 20th January 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – Click here to register

As we move through these intense times, it is easy to lose our way and our sense of purpose.  These ongoing pressures have a way of disconnecting us from what we know to be true.  January’s gathering brings together people from sport, ritual and medicine/storytelling to share their thoughts on purpose, how it ties to belonging, how we can repurpose many things in unusual and helpful ways, as well as the ways in which connecting our purpose can bring us together as a people. 

Come hear from our exceptional speakers on their experiences.  This event will last 1.5 hours on MS Teams and will include several short talks of 15 minutes, a discussion and a Q&A.

Our Speakers for January

Jess Wilson – https://jesswilsonstoryteller.co.uk/

Jessica Wilson has been working as a mental health nurse since 1994. Since 2008 Jessica has been using traditional oral storytelling with patients in a forensic hospital setting.  In 2015 she completed an MSc in nurse research.  Using qualitative research methods her dissertation research study succeeded in answering the question:  Why do nurse use traditional oral storytelling with patients in a forensic hospital setting?”

Jessica believes passionately that creativity has a place in mental health nursing, and her study demonstrated that storytelling helps front line practitioners in a forensic hospital setting, walk the line between care and custody, and improving the therapeutic relationship between nurse and patient.

Jess’s talk: Jess will talk about the power of story, and how it can be repurposed in a medical environment.  She draws from her direct experiences as a nurse in a psychiatric unit

Joe Lydon

Across the last four decades, Joe has been at the center of high-performance teams, as a player, coach, manager and situational leader in all forms of professional and international rugby.  Learning from both high achievement and disappointment, Joe has a wealth of experience and a drive to share and learn with the aim of enhancing individual and team performance.

Joe’s talk:
Of Purpose & Belonging
Integral to the to the big 3 of Performance (Purpose, People Process) is Purpose.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why”. Mark Twain.

 

Gilly Adams

Brought up in Swansea, Gilly Adams has been living in Cardiff since 1973. With a background in theatre, she now works as a freelance story facilitator, dramaturg, teacher and celebrant who specialises in the development of text and scripts for performance, storytelling and ceremony. Gilly teaches Life writing and Writing Radio Drama on the MA in Creative Writing at Swansea University. She also works on an occasional basis as an independent secular celebrant creating and leading ceremonies to mark special life events, including funerals, partnerships and namings, as well as other significant gains and losses.  For over 20 years, originally under the banner of Welfare State International and latterly as Dead Good Guides, Gilly and her friend and colleague, Sue Gill, have offered bi-annual workshops in the skills necessary to devise ceremonies and rituals.

Gilly’s talk is about: The celebration of significant live events,  through the creation of ceremony and rites of passage, is a  powerful way to focus on what is important, what gives us purpose and meaning. I am interested in how we can empower ourselves to be confident enough to articulate our values and invite others to bear witness to our story.

(Re) Discovery – 15th February 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – Click here to register

As we move through the end of year two of the pandemic it is easy to get lost in the mundanity of these weird days.  The wear and tear of daily life can rob us of our ability to see the world afresh, to be creative, to take joy in simple things.  The act of discovering and rediscovering is an important one; it allows us to see the world afresh and not be worn down by repetition.  Discovery and rediscovery is a practise that can renew our feelings of wonder and our connection to our purpose. 

Come hear from our exceptional speakers on their experiences.  This event will last 1.5 hours on MS Teams and will include several short talks of 15 minutes, a discussion and a Q&A.

Clare has found three marvellous speakers from overseas who are practised in the art of (re) discovery in the realms of space, poetry and medicine.  We look forward to introducing you to our speakers in February.

Glenis Redmond

Website: http://www.glenisredmond.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Glenisredmond

Bio: Glenis has been a poet and a literary community leader for twenty-eight years. In 2020 Glenis was awarded South Carolina’s highest award, The Governor’s Award for the Arts through the South Carolina Arts Commission. Glenis is also a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist in Washington DC and a Cave Canem alumni poet. Her upcoming chapbook, The Three Harriets and Others by Finishing Line Press can be pre-ordered now.  Glenis has three books of poetry published and her fourth book, The Listening Skin will be published by Four Way Books in 2022.

I will discuss the power of poetry and how verse shaped and widened my own personal margins in life. I will share how that very path deepened my skills and gaze as a poet, but grew me into a teaching artist with an expansive outreach. My mission is not to make everyone a poet, but for them to discover poetry in their own lives. 

Dr Dan Dworkis

Website: www.emergencymind.com 

Twitter: @TheEmergMind@ddworkis

Working in the crucible of an emergency or a crisis changes us. Under pressure, we discover different parts of who we are, strengths and weaknesses we didn’t know we had, depths we now can explore. What we choose to do in these moments can send ripples through our lives, our sense of self, and our communities. 

Bio: ER doctors or not, we all face emergencies in our lives–times when we are called on to make critical decisions and take life-changing actions in high-stakes, uncertain, and pressure-filled environments. Dan Dworkis MD PhD (just “Dan”) believes deeply that all of us can improve how we function under pressure and in doing so perform at our best when we are needed the most. Dan is an attending emergency physician and professor at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, where he works at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (one of the largest and busiest emergency departments in the country). Before that, he did his training with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. Dan is the founder of The Emergency Mind project which helps individuals and teams perform better under pressure both in and out of the emergency department. His book, The Emergency Mind: Wiring Your Brain for Performance Under Pressure, is used by people working under pressure across a variety of disciplines from emergency medicine to entrepreneurship to athletics and beyond. 

Liz Landau

Website: http://www.lizlandau.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizlandau

Bio: Liz Landau is a science journalist and communicator living in Washington, D.C. From 2008 to 2014, she was a writer/producer at CNN.com focusing on news about medicine, healthcare, science, and space. She has worked on press releases and multimedia storytelling projects for NASA missions since 2014. As a journalist, she has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and others.

Long before gigantic space telescopes Hubble launched, astronomers used glass plates to record information and images from telescopes here on Earth. But while modern telescopes take spectacular images, those historical glass plates continue to inform new discoveries. The astronomers who created the plates would not have had the tools or the understanding of the universe to know all that they contained. In this way, astronomers today can “rediscover” cosmic objects by diving into glass plate archives. Liz Landau will discuss a few recent examples.

(Re) Emergence – 31st March 2022, 14:00 – Click here to register

A gathering place for the people of the NHS leadership Academy. The Slow Swimming Club will be a home for creative expression, diversity of thought and a rich tapestry of concepts curated at this moment in time. Created with and for our community in the South West, the Slow Swimming Club has been designed with space, time and place in mind, a reflection and extension of the idea that the faster we go, the slower we need to be.

Throughout the cold months of Jan, Feb, March 2022 storyteller in residence Clare Murphy will be hosting three live events, bringing together eclectic thinkers, experiences and practices that are carefully designed to invite you into alternative views on the world, of work, development and change. We hope to inspire you, to provoke and stimulate you, and to strengthen the bonds of our diverse communities as we all seek to find time and space to grow.

Come hear from our exceptional speakers on their experiences.  This event will last 1.5 hours on MS Teams and will include several short talks of 15 minutes, a discussion and a Q&A.

Dr Al’ai Alvarez

Al’ai Alvarez, MD

Twitter: @alvarezzzy

Bio: Al’ai Alvarez is a national leader and educator on Wellness and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and the Director of Well-Being at Stanford Emergency Medicine. He co-leads the Human Potential Team and serves as the Fellowship Director of the Stanford EM Physician Wellness, and Co-Chair of the Stanford WellMD’s Physician Wellness Forum. His work focuses on humanizing physician roles as individuals and teams through the harnessing of our individual human potential in the context of high-performance teams. This includes optimizing the interdependence between Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion). Currently, he is one of the 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. 

 

Thom Jones

Thom will be talking about status through stress, working from home, trust, what really matters and where we go now in the workplace. 

Bio: Thom Jones has lived in more than a dozen countries and delivered training in over 70. Formerly part of the senior executive at Embassy CES before becoming Director of Operations USA for Studygroup he returned to the UK to work with Trinity College London, He now runs his own company: Brock Solutions Agency. He presents regularly around the world on a range of topics and is a guest lecturer at four universities. He is also a freelance trainer in education, travel and management. The key that binds all of his work together is always people. In 2010  he cycled from the UK to Turkey, travelling through 11 countries. Everybody he met along the three month journey was nice. 

He is rubbish at maths. His mother thinks he is great. 

 

Matthew Sanford

Website: www.mindbodysolutions.org.

Matthew will talk about: Giving Without Sacrifice – Our culture is currently demanding too much from healthcare professionals with no end in sight. And yet, they are asked to re-emerge each day with ‘giving’ heart.  This short session offers some mind-body insights to help participants to explore how to give without self-sacrifice.

Bio: Matthew Sanford is an expert in the process transformation through the healing power of yoga. Paralyzed from the chest down at age thirteen and beginning yoga at age twenty-five, Matthew knows firsthand the transformative effect that yoga can have on the mind-body relationship. He is an internationally recognized yoga teacher for people of all abilities, a sought-after public speaker, and founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions. He is the author of the critically acclaimed WAKING: A MEMOIR OF TRAUMA AND TRANSCENDENCE (Rodale: 2006).  He is also a collaborator with Bessel Van der Kolk (Trauma Research Foundation), featured presenter in both their certificate program in trauma studies and at the Boston Trauma Conference.

Register your place:

To obtain a place for:

(Re) Purpose – 20th January 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – Click here to register.

(Re) Discovery – 15th February 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – Click here to register

(Re) Emergence – 31st March 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 – Click here to register

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registered, your place is confirmed. We will send joining instructions shortly before the date but would advise you to block this out in your diary. There is no fee to attend

If you are no longer able to attend a session, please email leadership.SW@leadershipacademy.nhs.uk

Facilitator

Clare Murphy is an international storyteller who has performed in more than 20 countries.  She has had the honour of performing for the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Clare was storyteller in residence for the NHS leadership Academy SW for the summer of 2021.  She has performed at all kinds of venues from the National and Globe Theatres, London, medieval roundhouses in Portugal, and castles in Wales.  She is a trainer with the National Theatre London. Clare is also the Director of Story at the Mission Critical Team Institute USA.

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