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Rosie
Puplett
Languages: 
English
March, 1984
Bio: 
I'm 32 years old and I've had quite a varied life so far. I'm a qualified doctor, graduating with a MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree from the University of Sheffield in 2008. I have worked as a junior doctor in a variety of fields including General Practice (community and family medicine), Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Palliative Care, Psychiatry and Medical Education. After 3 years I begun my speciality training in psychiatry, covering areas such as basic psychotherapy, general adult inpatient and community psychiatry, older age psychiatry, psychiatric emergencies, community crisis team and covering on-calls across all of Bristol (including forensic psychiatry, psychiatric intensive care, participating in assessing and detaining people during an acute episode, providing a detailed assessment and initial treatment to new admissions and coping with medical and surgical issues in psychiatric patients.) However, after 18 months I realised clinical medicine was not for me. My partner passed away unexpectedly and I had friends who were struggling with homelessness and substance misuse. I also started getting a strong desire to go abroad again. After my partner died I was unwell with depression for a little while, and took some time out to recover and also to care for my grandmother, who has dementia and Parkinson's disease. I am now completely better and took a temporary position with a local charity who support people caring for a member of their family who is unwell (mentally or physically.) I helped train healthcare professionals to support carers, I worked with carers 1 on 1 supporting them, signposting them to assistance, offering to be their advocate and help bridge the gap between them, their loved one and hospital staff. I also actively taught and trained staff in this role and throughout my medical training and career - I am passionate about education and training. I also worked with the public health department to develop, coordinate and run a campaign to raise awareness of carer issues and the support available. This was incredible and triggered a strong desire to work in public health. In the past I have campaigned for various issues, including stress amongst junior doctors, suicide awareness and prevention, harm reduction and support for drug users, and tackling the stigma of mental illness. I have given talks at a local and national level and produced information packs, leaflets, educational resources, training materials and magazine articles. I am passionate about addressing health inequalities and educating and empowering people to take control of their own health and wellbeing, as well as reducing stigma and misinformation. I am now hoping to go to University next September to undertake a Masters degree in Public Health before looking for an international public health role. Currently I am looking for volunteering opportunities and part time work at home and am very eager to find a volunteer role abroad where I can really make a difference, ideally for 2-6 months. I am open to any location and type of work; I am currently registered as a non practicing medic, so would be unable to directly practice medicine beyond what someone without a medical degree could do, but I am very keen to use the skills I have picked up to help out in any way possible. I am very experienced in communication, public health, mental health, education, training, working with older people, people with disabilities, mental illness, bereavement or people who struggle to access help through conventional routes. I am passionate about making a difference and I promise to work as hard as I can to fulfil the aims of any organisation I work for. I am also very happy to help out with admin, cooking, cleaning, childcare, caring for elderly or disabled people, teaching, computer skills, building / physical work - anything that could help, although I would also love to gain some experience working for an aid organisation abroad and it would be amazing if I could use some of my skills to help achieve the organisation's goals.
Volunteering Experience: 
2003 - volunteered with Teaching and Projects Abroad in India (Tamil Nadu) and Nepal for 5 months total. Assisted in hospitals (a local clinic in India and an orthopaedic charitable children's hospital in India) - helped the doctors and nursing staff, helped patients with eating and hygiene, learnt about medicine in those countries, in Nepal taught the children English, played with them and cared for them during the day as they were often apart from their families for weeks or months at a time. Also met up with other volunteers and helped out in community projects teaching english in evening classes, educating people about hygiene and health, and running a clinic for street children and the elderly. I had an amazing time and would love to return to India and Nepal - I still feel homesick for them 13 years later! 2007 - volunteered in Nairobi national hospital in Kenya for 10 weeks. Took part in rounds, administered medication, assessed patients, participated in teaching and clinics (emergencies, HIV and TB especially.) Also taught at a school in the Kibera slum one day a week and ran an informal health clinic there, referring patients and dispensing basic medication. I was there during protests and upheaval and I learnt a great deal about how the political situation can influence healthcare. I also learnt about infectious diseases such as intestinal worms (I wrote an essay about this which won a prize at medical school), TB, malaria and HIV. When I returned to the UK I raised money for the school in Kibera and I would love to return one day. 2007, 2008, 2009 - volunteered for Oxfam to be a festival steward, work at the information point and raise money for Oxfam. I loved this and I learnt a great deal about logistics, management and working with the public. 2015 - volunteered to work with elderly and young carers, and carers of people with substance misuse problems while working for a local charity. Spent one evening a week helping run an art class and one evening a week helping people who needed a break from caring. This was incredibly rewarding and really opened my eyes to how much can be hidden from view and how courageous and determined people are - and how much more we as a society should be doing to help. Unfortunately while working as a doctor I was unable to volunteer as I had so little free time,however I am currently looking into volunteering opportunities for a local homeless charity (working in their day centre and helping run education / training sessions especially on medical issues) and tutoring refugee children to help them to achieve 5 grade A*-Cs at GCSE.
Education: 
Degree in Medicine (MBChB) - University of Sheffield, 2008
Occupation: 
Doctor (non-clinical)
Rosie Puplett
Bristol
United Kingdom
Languages:
English
March, 1984
Description
I'm 32 years old and I've had quite a varied life so far. I'm a qualified doctor, graduating with a MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree from the University of Sheffield in 2008. I have worked as a junior doctor in a variety of fields including General Practice (community and family medicine), Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Palliative Care, Psychiatry and Medical Education. After 3 years I begun my speciality training in psychiatry, covering areas such as basic psychotherapy, general adult inpatient and community psychiatry, older age psychiatry, psychiatric emergencies, community crisis team and covering on-calls across all of Bristol (including forensic psychiatry, psychiatric intensive care, participating in assessing and detaining people during an acute episode, providing a detailed assessment and initial treatment to new admissions and coping with medical and surgical issues in psychiatric patients.) However, after 18 months I realised clinical medicine was not for me. My partner passed away unexpectedly and I had friends who were struggling with homelessness and substance misuse. I also started getting a strong desire to go abroad again. After my partner died I was unwell with depression for a little while, and took some time out to recover and also to care for my grandmother, who has dementia and Parkinson's disease. I am now completely better and took a temporary position with a local charity who support people caring for a member of their family who is unwell (mentally or physically.) I helped train healthcare professionals to support carers, I worked with carers 1 on 1 supporting them, signposting them to assistance, offering to be their advocate and help bridge the gap between them, their loved one and hospital staff. I also actively taught and trained staff in this role and throughout my medical training and career - I am passionate about education and training. I also worked with the public health department to develop, coordinate and run a campaign to raise awareness of carer issues and the support available. This was incredible and triggered a strong desire to work in public health. In the past I have campaigned for various issues, including stress amongst junior doctors, suicide awareness and prevention, harm reduction and support for drug users, and tackling the stigma of mental illness. I have given talks at a local and national level and produced information packs, leaflets, educational resources, training materials and magazine articles. I am passionate about addressing health inequalities and educating and empowering people to take control of their own health and wellbeing, as well as reducing stigma and misinformation. I am now hoping to go to University next September to undertake a Masters degree in Public Health before looking for an international public health role.

Currently I am looking for volunteering opportunities and part time work at home and am very eager to find a volunteer role abroad where I can really make a difference, ideally for 2-6 months. I am open to any location and type of work; I am currently registered as a non practicing medic, so would be unable to directly practice medicine beyond what someone without a medical degree could do, but I am very keen to use the skills I have picked up to help out in any way possible. I am very experienced in communication, public health, mental health, education, training, working with older people, people with disabilities, mental illness, bereavement or people who struggle to access help through conventional routes. I am passionate about making a difference and I promise to work as hard as I can to fulfil the aims of any organisation I work for. I am also very happy to help out with admin, cooking, cleaning, childcare, caring for elderly or disabled people, teaching, computer skills, building / physical work - anything that could help, although I would also love to gain some experience working for an aid organisation abroad and it would be amazing if I could use some of my skills to help achieve the organisation's goals.
Volunteering Experience
2003 - volunteered with Teaching and Projects Abroad in India (Tamil Nadu) and Nepal for 5 months total. Assisted in hospitals (a local clinic in India and an orthopaedic charitable children's hospital in India) - helped the doctors and nursing staff, helped patients with eating and hygiene, learnt about medicine in those countries, in Nepal taught the children English, played with them and cared for them during the day as they were often apart from their families for weeks or months at a time. Also met up with other volunteers and helped out in community projects teaching english in evening classes, educating people about hygiene and health, and running a clinic for street children and the elderly. I had an amazing time and would love to return to India and Nepal - I still feel homesick for them 13 years later!

2007 - volunteered in Nairobi national hospital in Kenya for 10 weeks. Took part in rounds, administered medication, assessed patients, participated in teaching and clinics (emergencies, HIV and TB especially.) Also taught at a school in the Kibera slum one day a week and ran an informal health clinic there, referring patients and dispensing basic medication. I was there during protests and upheaval and I learnt a great deal about how the political situation can influence healthcare. I also learnt about infectious diseases such as intestinal worms (I wrote an essay about this which won a prize at medical school), TB, malaria and HIV. When I returned to the UK I raised money for the school in Kibera and I would love to return one day.

2007, 2008, 2009 - volunteered for Oxfam to be a festival steward, work at the information point and raise money for Oxfam. I loved this and I learnt a great deal about logistics, management and working with the public.

2015 - volunteered to work with elderly and young carers, and carers of people with substance misuse problems while working for a local charity. Spent one evening a week helping run an art class and one evening a week helping people who needed a break from caring. This was incredibly rewarding and really opened my eyes to how much can be hidden from view and how courageous and determined people are - and how much more we as a society should be doing to help.

Unfortunately while working as a doctor I was unable to volunteer as I had so little free time,however I am currently looking into volunteering opportunities for a local homeless charity (working in their day centre and helping run education / training sessions especially on medical issues) and tutoring refugee children to help them to achieve 5 grade A*-Cs at GCSE.
Education
Degree in Medicine (MBChB) - University of Sheffield, 2008
Occupation
Doctor (non-clinical)
Other Skills
Home Town

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