Welcome to NELFTtalks, our new blog

Read the latest NELFTtalks blogs from our stakeholders where they will be sharing their views on recent developments at NELFT and sharing advice on a range of topics.

NELFT Talks

Surviving After Suicide - Deborah Wickens' story

In the Christmas of 2008, John Wickens sadly took his own life in Stratford, leaving his family and his wife Deborah ‘Debbie’ Wickens behind. Today, as part of World Suicide Prevention Day, Debbie shares her story with us about:

  • How she cared for John through his struggles
  • How her life has changed since that fateful day
  • How she uses her experiences to support her patients within NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
  • Her plans to mark the 10 year anniversary. 
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How 'Abdullah and Leilah' is a world first in dementia education

In our latest NELFT Talks post Dr Samir Shah, consultant older adult psychiatrist and lead clinician with our Waltham Forest Diagnostic Memory Service, talks about how he was asked to be a clinical advisor and co-writer on 'Abdullah and Leilah', the world’s first transcultural drama about the effects of dementia. Dr Shah also talks about our plans as a trust to showcase this film as an educational resource for NHS staff.

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Ryan Chawner talks about working as an apprentice at NELFT

Hello, my name is Ryan Chawner and I am an accounts apprentice here at NELFT. I started my level 2 AAT Apprenticeship with a recruitment firm in the finance department in September 2015. I passed my Level 2 AAT and then moved on to NELFT in November 2016 to start my Level 3 Apprenticeship, which I will explain why later on in this blog. I have wanted to become an accountant since I was about 14 years old.

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