Pause to create: webinar series

Inspiring doctors to enrich their clinical practice through the proven benefits of creativity

A series of five weekly events running from 19 August to 14 September 2020

These events provide an opportunity for you to relax away from the stresses of everyday life in medicine, to explore new creative experiences or rediscover those that have been long been forgotten. You will be able to learn about the evidence behind the benefits of creativity on mental wellbeing through the experiences of others who already utilise the humanities in their personal and professional lives. Through these events we hope you will leave feeling inspired and able to take some of the ideas with you to put into practice. 

This programme of events has been curated by Dr Nicola Davis, Clinical Oncology SpR. Please view the webinar series flyer for speaker biographies. 

#PausetoCreate


The seriousness of fun with Dr Heidi Edmundson

Wednesday 19 August 2020, 19:00-20:00 (BST)
This talk discusses how fun and creativity can be used to facilitate staff wellbeing. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end. FREE and open to ALL professions and specialties, this event will be hosted on GoTo Webinar and will also be recorded so it can be viewed at a later date.
Register here

Non-members will need to register using this booking form. Please send your booking form to conf@rcr.ac.uk

Interactive workshop: Poetry X-ray with Beth Calverley

Tuesday 25 August 2020, 19:30-20:30 (BST)
Perfect for poetry-skeptics and poetry-lovers alike, this session will take a gentle X-ray of your creative bones (no matter how hidden)! Pause in the warmth of poetry and hold your pre-conceptions up to the light. 
Beth Calverley, Pause & Create's resident poet, will host a calming creative consultation to reveal the group's collective ideas about self-care. Beth will ask you what you do within work and beyond to bring joy and balance into your life. Responding to your words, Beth will speed-craft a poem, live in the moment, on her beautiful typewriter.
At the end of the session, Beth will read the collaborative poem aloud to the group. Participants will each receive a digital copy of the poem to keep. A recording of the collaborative poem, plus another poem by Beth, will also be available to participants.
Number of participants limited to 20 (with waiting list) – open to doctors of all specialties. This session will be hosted on GoTo Webinar. 
Fee for RCR members: £10, Fee for non-members: £15

Register here
Non-members will need to register using this booking form. Please send your booking form to conf@rcr.ac.uk

Experimental drawing workshop with artist Emma Barnard MA (RCA) 
Tuesday 1 September 2020, 19:30-20:30 (BST)
Participants will create drawings by combining three creative sources: direct observation, the mind’s eye and the intuitive subconscious. Tapping into your imagination, intuition and powers of observation by exploring various ways of seeing, both perceptually and conceptually, these exercises will help you to concentrate on what you are seeing. 
You will learn to shift your thinking from an analytical, labelling mode to one that is more intuitive and visual. The workshop will support participants’ visual literacy, helping with language, communication and interaction. There is no wrong way to draw experimentally. The exercises will focus on the process of drawing not on creating finished works of art. Learning to see and draw in different ways and through different lenses can also help with mindfulness, reflection and concentration.
What is required: small mirror and small to medium object eg a piece of fruit or a vegetable
Number of participants restricted to 15 (with waiting list) - Doctors from all specialties may attend. This session will be hosted on GoTo Webinar. 
Fee for RCR members: £10, Fee for non-members: £15
Register here
Non-members will need to register using this booking form. Please send your booking form to conf@rcr.ac.uk

Interactive workshop: Making practitioner comics: we are not really superheroes with stethoscopes with Dr Muna Al-Jawad

Monday 7 September 2020, 19:30-20:30 (BST)
*Note: you do not need to be good at drawing, or a superhero to do this workshop*. Muna believes that creating comics can help healthcare professionals understand and see their practice in a new light. Comics combine narrative, visual and symbolic elements which make them a unique medium. They also lend themselves to humour and subversion. The aim of the workshop is to show participants how they might use comics as a way to reflect on their practice, as an educational tool, and as a way to research areas which are difficult to reach through more traditional research methods. Muna will show some of her work and ask you to join in by drawing a strip of a recent experience at work. Please have a pen and paper ready for this. We will analyse these drawings and use them to make a manifesto of our values at work.
Please note: This session only will be delivered using Zoom. The Royal College of Radiologists accepts no responsibility regarding issues of privacy while using the Zoom platform.
Number of participants restricted to 20 (with waiting list) - Doctors from all specialties may attend.
Fee for RCR members: £10, Fee for non-members: £15
Register here
Non-members will need to register using this booking form. Please send your booking form to conf@rcr.ac.uk

Sharing stories of the power of creativity: In conversation with Dr Sam Guglani, Dr Catriona Davis, Dr Anna Dillon and Donna Ford

Monday 14 September 2020 19:00-20:00 (BST)
This session will conclude the series by exploring personal experiences of the arts and creativity, and how they have benefited those individuals both personally and professionally. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Nicola Davis and there will be an opportunity for questions.
This event will also be recorded so it can be viewed at a later date.
FREE and open to ALL professions and specialties, this event will also be recorded so it can be viewed at a later date. This session will be hosted on GoTo Webinar.
Register here
Non-members will need to register using this booking form. Please send your booking form to conf@rcr.ac.uk