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On the Ward

Health-and-fitness • Society-and-culture • Business

Hosted by staff nurse John-Barry Waldron, who has worked at St Andrew's Healthcare for 15 years, 'On the Ward' challenges some of the myths and taboos around complex mental illness in the UK today, as it explores what really happens behind the walls of a secure psychiatric hospital.

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S2 : EP5 | Education

Mar 8 • 42:54

**Trigger warning - This episode contains a discussion about suicide.**

As the schools go back after lockdown 3, John explores what education is available to St Andrew's patients, and how this can help with their recovery.

If you like John our host, are interested in developing a career in healthcare you can consider taking healthcare courses as an introduction to your furth...

S2 : EP4 | The Family Episode

Jan 7 • 28:38

S2 : EP3 | Off The Ward, Offending and Mental Health

Nov 30 • 35:04

In this special edition of our award-winning podcast, we go Off the Ward, and speak to those working and accessing mental health treatment in the criminal justice system....

S2 : EP2 | Social Life

Oct 22 • 36:04

S2 : EP1 | Surviving a Global Pandemic

Oct 8 • 35:39

On the Ward: Lockdown

Apr 23 • 41:57

St Andrew’s Healthcare is back with a one-off special exploring what life is like for patients and staff on a secure mental health ward during the COVID-19 outbreak....

S1:Ep5 | On the Ward: Your questions answered

Jan 24 • 17:13

In this episode, Staff Nurse John-Barry Waldron seeks to answer some of the burning questions which listeners have sent in – which cover everything from electric shock therapy, to the checks which happen in the hospital. Healthcare Assistant Michael Mullally, along with the patient featured in episode 1, were on hand to answer the queries....

S1: Ep4 | On the Ward: Moving On

Oct 29 • 36:27

Episode 4 of the On the Ward podcast reveals what it’s like to move on from a mental health hospital and return to life in the community. It features two patient voices, who soon hope to be discharged from St Andrew’s....

S1: Ep3 | On the Ward: Music Therapy

Sep 20 • 28:29

Episode 3 focuses on music and how important this is in helping patients through their recovery journeys. During the podcast we hear some original songs, written and performed by our patients....

S1: Ep2 | On the Ward: Fit Mind

Sep 6 • 31:27

Episode 2 of 'On the Ward: Fit Mind' focuses on sport and exercise and how important this is in helping patients through their mental health journey.

We hear from one patient who has cannabis psychosis- a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. The patient opens up to nurse, and host of the podcast, John-B...

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