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Rachel Clarke - Author

About the Author

Rachel Clarke is a current NHS doctor and former television journalist who cares passionately about standing up for her patients and the NHS. She originally read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before making current affairs documentaries about subjects as diverse as the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Al Qaeda and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She retrained as a doctor in her late twenties, graduating in 2009. She now works in palliative medicine, believing that helping patients at the end of life experience the best quality life possible is priceless. Rachel lives in Oxford with her husband and two children.

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Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2021

When the once-in-a-century pandemic struck, it didn't matter that it was predicted and expected - nor even that we had watched it before, playing out in multiplexes over popcorn. We ambled, half-asleep, into disaster. In the first three months of 2020, perplexity drifted into mild concern that suddenly sheered into panic. Economies nose-dived. Schools workplaces closed. Populations hid inside their homes. Whole societies shut down. In most people's living memory, no crisis had caused such global upheaval so swiftly and so comprehensively. The scale and pace of the pandemic were stunning. As a palliative care doctor, Rachel Clarke found herself spending less time in the hospice and more in the hospital. Unable to convey the intensity of her days on the wards to friends and family, by night, she wrote about what she and her colleagues were going through. Breathtaking is her inside story of how the health service responded. But when she looked back over her writing, she found that what she had thought was an unrelenting stream of death and darkness was in fact illuminated by pinpricks of light. The curtailing of human contact, it seemed, was a reminder of precisely how precious it was, and just how far a little of it could go. Breathtaking depicts life, death, hope, fear, medicine at its most impotent and also at its finest, the courage of patients in enormous adversity, the stress of being torn between helping those patients and endangering your spouse and children, the long fretful nights ruminating over whether the PPE you wear fits the science or the size of the government stockpile. Faltering, fumbling, tenacious, undaunted, this is medicine in the time of coronavirus.

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2021

How does it feel to confront a pandemic from the inside, one patient at a time? To bridge the gulf between a perilously unwell patient in quarantine and their distraught family outside? To be uncertain whether the protective equipment you wear fits the science or the size of the government stockpile? To strive your utmost to maintain your humanity even while barricaded behind visors and masks? 'Rachel takes the worst life can throw at us and shows us the beauty in it' Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt Rachel is a palliative care doctor who looked after some of the most gravely unwell patients on the Covid-19 wards of her hospital. Amid the tensions, fatigue and rising death toll, she witnessed the courage of patients and NHS staff alike in conditions of unprecedented adversity. For all the bleakness and fear, she found that moments that could stop you in your tracks abounded. People who rose to their best, upon facing the worst, as a microbe laid waste to the population. Her new book, Breathtaking, is an unflinching insider's account of medicine in the time of coronavirus. Drawing on testimony from nursing, acute and intensive care colleagues - as well as, crucially, her patients - Clarke argue that this age of contagion has inspired a profound attentiveness to - and gratitude for - what matters most in life. 'Her words are brimful of love, grace and kindness' Guardian 'She writes with a tender, lyrical beauty' Sunday Times

Your Life In My Hands - a Junior Doctor's Story

Your Life In My Hands - a Junior Doctor's Story

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF DEAR LIFE 'I am a junior doctor. It is 4 a.m. I have run arrest calls, treated life-threatening bleeding, held the hand of a young woman dying of cancer, scuttled down miles of dim corridors wanting to sob with sheer exhaustion, forgotten to eat, forgotten to drink, drawn on every fibre of strength that I possess to keep my patients safe from harm.' How does it feel to be spat out of medical school into a world of pain, loss and trauma that you feel wholly ill-equipped to handle? To be a medical novice who makes decisions which - if you get them wrong - might forever alter, or end, a person's life? In Your Life in My Hands, television journalist turned junior doctor Rachel Clarke captures the extraordinary realities of life on the NHS frontline. During the historic junior doctor strikes of 2016, Rachel was at the forefront of the campaign against the government's imposed contract upon young doctors. Her heartfelt, deeply personal account of life as a junior doctor in today's NHS is both a powerful polemic on the degradation of Britain's most vital public institution and a love letter of optimism and hope to that same health service.

Assess Fluency in Reading

Assess Fluency in Reading

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2020

Assess reading fluency quickly and effectively across the school, from Reception to Year 6. Assess fluency in reading provides ready-to-use assessment sheets that can be administered by a teacher or TA to assess pupils' speed, accuracy, expression and understanding. The resource contains 60 fluency assessments mapped against age-related explanations. Assess fluency in reading supports teachers to: - Identify gaps so they can be targeted and closed - Measure and record pupil progress in fluency - Match pupils to an appropriate-level reading book

Dear Life

Dear Life

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

'A magnificent, tender book' Independent 'Her words are brimful of love, grace and kindness' Guardian 'She writes with a tender, lyrical beauty' Sunday Times From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Your Life in My Hands comes this vibrant, tender and deeply personal memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places. As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable. Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love. And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter - to a father, to a profession, to life itself.

Dear Life

Dear Life

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

'What a remarkable book this is; tender, funny, brave, heartfelt, radiant with love and life, and with the love of life. It brought me often to laughter and - several times - to tears' Robert Macfarlane From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Your Life in My Hands comes this vibrant, tender and deeply personal memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places. As a specialist in palliative medicine, Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit a place many people would find too tragic to contemplate. Every day she tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives and to help make dying more bearable. Rachel's training was put to the test in 2017 when her beloved GP father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She learned that nothing - even the best palliative care - can sugar-coat the pain of losing someone you love. And yet, she argues, in a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter - to a father, to a profession, to life itself.

Year 5/P6 Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary Progress Tests

Year 5/P6 Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary Progress Tests

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

Ensure Year 5/P6 children know the National Curriculum 2014 requirements with half termly grammar, punctuation and vocabulary progress tests. With six tests per year and a photocopiable record sheet, you can quickly find out which rules children find tricky and focus on those. Each test pack contains six half-termly tests, mark schemes and a spreadsheet tracker to help teachers provide evidence of progress on the performance thresholds for each test. The SATs-style tests cover the statutory English Appendix 2: Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Provides questions that test a true understanding of each grammar rule and its application. Photocopiable with a free editable download, you can adapt the tests for your school. Consistent tests every half term help with accountability and moderation. Available for Years 1-6/P2-P7, you can provide a consistent and systematic way of assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary in your school.

Year 6/P7 Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary Progress Tests

Year 6/P7 Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary Progress Tests

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

Ensure Year 6/P7 children know the National Curriculum 2014 requirements and are fully prepared for the Year X SATs with half termly grammar, punctuation and vocabulary progress tests. With six tests per year and a photocopiable record sheet, you can quickly find out which rules children find tricky and focus on those. Each test pack contains six half-termly tests, mark schemes and a spreadsheet tracker to help teachers provide evidence of progress on the performance thresholds for each test. The SATs-style tests cover the statutory English Appendix 2: Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Provides questions that test a true understanding of each grammar rule and its application. Photocopiable with a free editable download, you can adapt the tests for your school. Consistent tests every half term help with accountability and moderation. Available for Years 1-6/P2-P7, you can provide a consistent and systematic way of assessing grammar, punctuation and vocabulary in your school.

Your Life in My Hands

Your Life in My Hands

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/2017

To be a medical novice who makes decisions which - if you get them wrong - might forever alter, or end, a person's life? To toughen up the hard way, through repeated exposure to life-and-death situations, clinging on until your skills, expertise and the thickness of your skin are finally a match for them? Now frame these questions in the context of a health service so overstretched and understaffed that its doctors and nurses feel every day as though they are scrabbling against the odds just to keep their patients safe. In this heartfelt, deeply personal account of life as a junior doctor in today's health service, former television journalist turned doctor, Rachel Clarke, captures the extraordinary realities of ordinary life on the NHS front line. From the historic junior doctor strikes of 2016 to the 'humanitarian crisis' declared by the Red Cross, the overstretched health service is on the precipice, calling for junior doctors to draw on extraordinary reserves of what compelled them into medicine in the first place - and the value the NHS can least afford to lose - kindness.Your Life In My Hands is at once a powerful polemic on the systematic degradation of Britain's most vital public institution, and a love letter of optimism and hope to that same health service and those who support it. This extraordinary memoir offers a glimpse into a life spent between the operating room and the bedside, the mortuary and the doctors' mess, telling powerful truths about today's NHS frontline, and capturing with tenderness and humanity the highs and lows of a new doctor's first steps onto the wards in the context of a health service at breaking point - and what it means to be entrusted with carrying another's life in your hands.

EAA 11: A Medieval Moated Settlement and Windmill

EAA 11: A Medieval Moated Settlement and Windmill

Author: Rachel Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2003

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