PSU Pandemic Podcasts

Episode 1 - Finding balance in the pandemic


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Released On: 13 May 2020      Planning & Production Credits: Kathleen Sullivan, Sarah Siddiqui, Jane Gardner-Florence & Joseph Dale 


In a high-alert situation such as the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be very easy to become more function driven and task focused when everything is in crisis mode. There is the potential for 'heroic' overworking and burnout, or struggling to find the capacity to address other areas of our lives. In these times, how can we support healthcare professionals to create more balance in their every day? In this episode we are in conversation with coaches Dr Magdalena Bak-Maier and Kathleen Sullivan. Our discussion draws on neuroscience and coaching as we explore some practical approaches to finding balance amidst the ongoing crisis.









Dr Magdalena Bak-Maier is a neuroscientist, and productivity and wellbeing expert. She is the author and inventor of the GridTM work-life balance method. Magdalena joins up theory, research and practitioner insights, creating new practical approaches that optimise human health and performance.

Kathleen Sullivan is a Senior Coach for the PSU and an Associate with Career Planning for Doctors and Dentists. Kathleen specialises in transformational coaching and satisfying career transitions for doctors. Her integrated approach draws on modalities including Solutions Focus, Constellations, and Thinking Partnerships.

Dr Sarah Siddiqui is a National Supported Return to Training Fellow based in the London & KSS Professional Support Unit. She is dual-qualified in Medicine and Dentistry and on sabbatical from Core Surgical Training.


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