#CQCDeathsReview – what families experience

02 Aug 2016 - 3 Comments

The aspect of the #CQCDeathsReview that I’m most involved with focuses on the experience and treatment of families and bereaved relatives. This is the area that I’m most experienced in, and most interested in. It doesn’t come without some reservations and concerns though, some of which I’ve previously blogged here. I’m lucky because I have […]

#CQCDeathsReview – Share Your Experience

23 Jul 2016 - No Comments

A week or so ago I wrote a post introducing the Care Quality Commission Deaths Review and my initial thoughts about it. I’m not going to repeat it here, but please do go read it if you’re interested. The aspect of work I am most heavily involved with is looking to ensure families and bereaved relatives […]

#CQCDeathsReview – Some initial thoughts

15 Jul 2016 - 13 Comments

A couple of months ago I agreed to be a Special Advisor for the CQC on a thematic review that they are conducting, looking at how the NHS investigates deaths, and how (if?) they learn from these investigations. The decision to take on this role was not an easy one for me. For many months […]

Honour and courage: welcoming Learning Disability England

20 Jun 2016 - 3 Comments

I’ve been using Twitter to communicate, to share, to think, reflect and learn, in one way or another for almost eight years. I joined on 8 September 2008 following an absolutely amazing weekend at the Do Lectures. You can find out when you joined if you’re interested by checking TwBirthday here, and you should definitely take […]

Whose voice counts? A story of daring to debate, vapourware and #JusticeforLB

01 Jun 2016 - 2 Comments

Setting the scene Bank Holiday Monday, early afternoon, chilling at home about to start work I got a message from Sara. She had been contacted by a researcher for the Victoria Derbyshire programme asking her to go on the next day. Sara wasn’t available and had been trying to find someone else. I agreed to speak with the […]

Painting a (fictional) picture with data #JusticeforLB

24 May 2016 - No Comments

A couple of months ago while trawling the internet I stumbled across something that made me choke on my coffee. It was this story on Tableau’s website: As I have tweeted since there are *many* words that I would use to describe Southern Health’s business intelligence strategy and visionary is most certainly not one of […]

An opportunity not to be sniffed at #JusticeforLB

16 May 2016 - 1 Comment

Dear Tim, I wanted to write to wish you luck in your new role as Chair at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. It’s no easy task, to try and turn around a Trust that has consistently flouted common sense and common decency for a couple of years now. I was pleased to hear you’d been […]

Keep reaching, keep working, keep fighting #JusticeforLB

12 May 2016 - 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago I watched a documentary on Barack Obama’s time as President of the USA. I was in the US when he was elected and wrote about the power of hope and optimism on my personal blog as he campaigned for re-election four years later (as Dad was dying). The documentary clearly […]

Exploding the ‘we’re no worse than anywhere else’ myth: NHS Trust responses to #Mazars #JusticeforLB

08 Apr 2016 - 5 Comments

Given the overwhelming amount of evidence of failures already we’ve no idea why another inspection is required, or what it is truly meant to uncover, but if the Sloves can’t perform for one day, in an (un)announced inspection, surely someone will step in and do something? What is unannounced about an announced inspection? JusticeforLB, Jan […]

Actually, it’s not rocket science #Bubb #JusticeforLB

23 Feb 2016 - No Comments

Last week was half term in these parts and as I was walking home from town one of the days I noticed a piece of plastic on the pavement and a small gaggle of children in the centre opposite gathered around the gate looking at it. I walked over and asked if they wanted it […]