I am Dr LJ (Laura-Jane Smith), a Respiratory Consultant working in the NHS in London. My job makes me think a lot – about people, life, death, inequality and how things could be better. If you’ve found your way here I hope you share some of these interests.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own and do not necessarily represent the views of my employers.
I initially started this blog to share thoughts and experiences that felt too difficult to navigate myself. My writing is a way for me to think through ideas around medicine, ethics, and identity which I continue to grapple with. I have learned so much from everyone who has been in touch online and in person and would love to hear from you too so please comment on the posts, or get in touch via twitter.
My interests have led to involvement in a number of projects. Particular highlights are:
- Death Cafe – I am a supporter, attender, and occasional host of death cafe, a social movement creating time and space for open discussions about death and dying, over tea and cake.
- Euston Foodbank – I am a trustee and volunteer of this Trussell Trust affiliated foodbank, redistributing food to local people in crisis living below the poverty line.
- Life.Death.Whatever – this ever evolving project tackles death, dying and grief in innovative ways. I have been honoured to be part of projects including Voices, and Five Things.
- London Arts in Health Forum – I was previously a trustee of this wonderful organisation which aims to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally.
- MedAct – I’m a member of this small but impactful organisation for healthcare professionals working together towards a world in which everyone can truly achieve and exercise their human right to health. I am currently focusing on Climate and health, particularly air pollution. I’m also connected to the Patients not Passports campaign.
- Migrants Organise – I volunteered for a short time, and continue to donate to, this small but vital organisaion, where refugees and migrants organise for power, dignity and justice.
- Plantbased Health Professionals – I have a growing interest in plantbased nutrition, and am a member of PBHP which seeks to educate health professionals, members of the public and policy makers on the benefits of whole food plant-based nutrition in preventing and treating chronic disease.
If I’ve forgotten anything it is probably linked to my about.me page.
Thanks for visiting. x