Staff blog

Our staff blog enables healthcare professionals and staff at the Trust to provide their views on topics within their specialties to keep patients, members of the public, Foundation Trust members, staff and everyone else with an interest in our Trust informed.

We hope it helps you to understand more about the roles of our staff and how we work to provide the best possible care to our patients. We welcome your thoughts—you can post feedback online using the comment function at the end of each blog entry.

February 2019


  • Student Volunteering Week brings wellbeing and employability to young people

    by Katie Thomson (Youth Volunteering Manager)—I remember as a student, both at school and university, juggling my studies, a part-time job and volunteering. Looking back now, I struggle to remember a time in my teenage and adult life that I have not volunteered—from one-off fundraising events within my local community to more structured, weekly commitments with larger national organisations.

April 2018


  • Volunteering—what’s in it for you?

    by Sir Tom Hughes-Hallett (Chairman)— What a day! Clocked in wearing my very smart purple t-shirt with my bleep number on the back at 1pm. Finished at 4pm in the coffee shop with my delightful two new volunteer friends having registered 14,000 steps!

April 2016


  • A fantastic ‘Perfect Day’

    by Karl Munslow-Ong (Deputy Chief Executive)—What a fantastic day! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the porters and estates and facilities support staff on the West Mid site.


  • Such a ‘Perfect Day’!

    by Richard Collins (Chief Information Officer)—The ‘Perfect Day’ provided me with a fantastic opportunity to gain insight into the essential role porters play in daily hospital life. Taking a different approach to working practices like this highlights just how hard all our staff work. It helps give a new perspective and generate ideas on how we can do things better.


  • Reflecting on the ‘Perfect Day’

    by Zoë Penn (Obstetrician and Trust Medical Director)—For the Trust’s ‘Perfect Day’, I worked as a Healthcare Assistant on Kew Ward at the West Middlesex site. As I work in obstetrics usually, it was a novel experience caring for men, or indeed anybody over 50 years!

June 2013


  • Antibiotics as cure for back pain?

    by Dr Rahul Seewal (Consultant Anaesthetist)—Recently, some newspapers commented that 4 out of 10 cases of back pain could be cured with cheap and affordable antibiotics.

April 2013


  • What happens if you have a stroke?

    by Katie Jeeves (Physiotherapist)—Before I even meet someone who has suffered with a stroke, each individual has already started a journey. To have a good appreciation of what stroke sufferers have already gone through, it is useful to understand this ‘stoke journey’.

March 2013


  • Supporting women during their labour

    By Alison Dodds (Lead Midwife, Birthing Unit)—The maternity unit here at Chelsea and Westminster was recently awarded some money from the Department of Health’s, Improving Birthing Environments Fund. A portion of this money will go toward birthing pools in the new Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) which will be built during the coming year. The MLU will be a fully equipped facility catering to the needs of ‘low risk’ women in labour and will continue some of the developments that have recently been introduced in the current Birthing Unit.


  • Working in stroke—a new starter’s perspective

    By Katie Jeeves (Physiotherapist)—My name is Katie, I qualified as a physiotherapist in September 2012 and have now been at the Trust for 5 months as a junior physiotherapist. About a month ago I joined the stroke team. I am writing this blog in the hope that I can provide not only a good insight into the workings of the stroke unit, but to also give you my perspective as I develop professionally as a new member of the team on Nell Gwynne Ward.

February 2013


  • Understanding pain

    By Dr Rahul Seewal (Consultant Anaesthetist)—We, at the Chelsea Pain Centre—the pain management service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital—would like to welcome you to our first blog entry. Even though pain has been a part of our lives from the beginning of mankind, pain medicine is a relatively new field. Understanding pain is often limited to a few who have a special interest and are experienced in the diagnosis and management of this condition.

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