On Monday 25 September, the Sixth Form were delighted to welcome Dr Rachel Clarke to talk about her work as a palliative care doctor. It was a wonderful opportunity to also hear about her experiences working as a broadcast journalist and how, at the age of 29, she decided she was ready to work in medicine. Listening to how she managed her career change was both inspiring and comforting to the girls; she told the students how it is okay to change career paths to follow a path you find more fulfilling.
The talk was centred around the meaning and enjoyment of life, and she shared wonderful stories about her palliative care patients, and also how she and her colleagues work tirelessly to help their patients live life to its fullest. One patient in particular struck us, as for him, the meaning of life was summed up in two words ‘transmit love’. This sparked conversations about it being how people make us feel that impacts us, much more than what they say or do.
The students also looked at the dignity and support Dr Clarke's patients were given, and how the palliative care team works with the patients to help them handle their grief and the grief of their families, including approaching this sensitive topic with children.
We thank Dr Clarke for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk to the Sixth Form, and thank you to the RE-Act team for organising the talk.