Friday, 4 July 2014

A day in the life of a Global Professional Advisor

I've posted many times during my travels but what do I do back in the UK. Here's a snapshot of yesterday.

05.40 am - alarm, shower, dress, feed dog, prepare dinner in the slow cooker, unload and load dishwasher, put a load of washing on, pack breakfast and lunch for work, greet daughter and bark instructions for dinner whilst doing kitchen jobs, wake husband, make cup of tea for the train, pack rucksack for work.

Lamb Tagine - cook on low all day whilst you're at work.  Serves 3 or 4
1 large lamb leg steak
1 tin chick peas
1 tin chopped tomatoes
3 chopped carrots
2 chopped onions
8 medium potatoes peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
2 tsp Ras el hanout spice
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp garlic granules
2 veg stock cubes

06.40 Leave home getting lift to station from husband.  Pay £35.40 travelcard for the day

07.06 Train from West Malling to London Farringdon, Tube to Great Portland Street, walk to RCM office. E mails, Facebook, cup of tea and reading Kindle on the train.

08.30 Arrive at work, make porridge, another cup of tea, have breakfast whilst reading e mails.  Receive an e mail saying 'Greetings from Uganda' but don't know who it's from or why they sent it!  Hope the e mails I sent yesterday arranging Skype calls for today were received and people will be ready to talk to me.

09.00 Skype Mrs. Chea Ath, President of Cambodian Midwives Association about progress with the project and plans for the next workshop and my next trip in October.  Can't get sound on Skype so talk to her on the phone whilst watching her picture on Skype.  She's keen to show me their recently published newsletter with lots of colour photos (some of me!) that they distributed on Intenational Day of the Midwife. Delicia has a quick chat with Chea Ath too.  Everyone loves Delicia, our project administator.

10.00 Louise pops into discuss funding for future overseas projects and we arrange a meeting with our donor for next week.  More e mails and writing up my notes from the Skype call.

11.00 Try to skype Uganda but no reply.  Phone Mary Musoke, President of the Uganda Private Midwives Association. She's up-country, training midwives and obstetricians as mentors.  We have a quick chat about the next workshop and my next visit and arrange a Skype call tomorrow with the team. It's my day off tomorrow so I'll call from home.  Write up notes from a meeting yesterday and answer lots more e mails.  Review the agenda for next week's briefing and debriefing of volunteers.

12.00 Meeting with Delicia to plan next week's briefing and debriefing events. We reveiew the report from the last one and try to address and areas for improvement.  I start preparing my presentations.

12.45 Have lunch and continue writing notes and answering e mails

13.00 Skype Call with Kiran Bajracharya, President of MIDSON in Nepal.  We catch up about the volunteers that have just been in Nepal for a month.  Great excitement to hear that during their placement the midwife led birth centre at the University Hospital in Kathmandu was opened and the first 2 babies have been born there.
First baby born at the birth centre
We make plans for the next workshop and my next visit in September.

14.00 Booked phonecall with Professor Helen Cheyne from Sitrling University.  Helen has recently been out to Malawi to visit a project we are running with VSO, strengthening midwifery.  Helen feeds back from her visit and we talk about the report she will write for me.  We arrange to meet in Scotland on my next visit to the Edinburgh office to talk about how the RCM can continue to support midwifery in Malawi.

15.00 Helping Angela to sort out the programme for two work experience students coming to the RCM (one of them is Hannah!)  Trying to be creative so they get to see lots of different career pathways to help them decide their paths in life.  Another Skype call from Kiran in Nepal who had thought of a few more things to talk about.

16.00 Booked Skype call with Kathy, a consultant working with us on the twinning project.  She's lives in Holland but is currently in the USA.  Talking about the evaluation of our recent workshops in the Prague and UK and our plans for the final project evaluation.  Rupa, sitting next to me, knows Kathy too so they have a quick chat.  Skype is great!

17.00 Finish writing up notes from the day and answering e mails.  Continue working on the work experience programme and Rupa is really keen to help - that's great.

17.50 Leave the office, bus to Victoria Station, get the 18.43 train.  Phone husband to arrange a lift, get home 19.45.  Discover Hannah has baked a delicious lemon drizzle cake for the yough group camping trip.

19.46 Straight out of the door to drop Hannah at swimming club whilst Husband takes a work phone call.

20.00 Defrost some frozen spinach and have it with a bowl of Lamb Tagine.  Very nice.  Watch half an episode of Trauma Doctors (my guilty pleasure) over dinner.

21.00 Back to pick up Hannah from swimming club.  Drop her at home and take dog to the park for a walk.  Love the light summer evenings.  Have a go on the new outdoor gym at the park - it's great!
Outdoor Gym, Ditton Community Centre

22.00 Cup of tea with the husband and long talk about whether or not he should take on more work.

23.00 To bed - started to read but fell asleep in 2 mins!  Need to be up at 6 tomorrow...

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