#NHS Leadership: whose academe counts?

30 Jul 2015 - 2 Comments

On Tuesday I got into a conversation with David Gilbert on twitter. If you don’t know David, I’d recommend you have a peek at his twitter and his blog and see whether you might need him and his thoughts in your life (you probably will). Our conversation was prompted by a tweet from the NHS Leadership […]

Beware of bees! Creative knowledge exchange and #JSWEC

20 Jul 2015 - No Comments

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending #JSWEC, the joint social work education and research conference, for the fourth year running. #JSWEC jointly focuses, as the name suggests, on research (new findings, methodological issues, PhDs and Professional Doctorates in process etc) and education (initial social work education, post qualifying education, ongoing CPD and […]

Reflections on #JSWEC 2015

18 Jul 2015 - 2 Comments

I’ve got that head-fug that emerges after an intense conference or period of networking so I doubt what follows will be my most profound thoughts or reflections however I offer them into the mix because I’d welcome others thoughts while the #JSWEC hashtag remains busy. It’s a long one so if you’re short on time/patience then just read […]

Thoughts on being human… or think before you speak/tweet #JusticeforLB

20 May 2015 - 1 Comment

I feel I should start this post with a disclaimer, I spent my entire childhood being reminded that I should stop and think before I spoke! Never one for subtlety, it really was a hard won skill to not just want to blurt out the first thoughts that came into my head, to fill the […]

You’re going to die… some things to think about #YODO

19 May 2015 - 2 Comments

I’ve blogged a lot on my personal blog about death and dying over the past few years; you can read about my father’s death, at home, with magnificent Hospice at Home support from Rowcroft Hospice, some thoughts for Hospice Care Week 2013, metaphor and death and cancer thoughts, about meeting Kate Granger at last year’s […]

A letter to my researcher friends

09 May 2015 - 4 Comments

This format is one I’ve used on my personal blog a number of times, I write a letter to my niece each year on her birthday, so I thought I would try it here because what I have to say is personal opinion, gut not evidence, and reflections in response to a number of colleagues […]

Military metaphor and vanguards #5YFV #FutureNHS

11 Mar 2015 - 3 Comments

Yesterday the healthcare world was awash with gleeful excitement as NHS England announced the 29 ‘vanguard’ sites, chosen to develop new ways of delivering integrated care. Last week I was chatting with Annie C, Helen K and others about the increasing use of military language in the #NHS: Then a few days later Clare Gerada […]

Group mentality and the #NHSChangeDay mafia!

04 Mar 2015 - 5 Comments

Last night I posted this tweet and what happened next was as surprising to me as it’s content! This was after an entire day of media reporting of the #Kirkup report; it’s publication had been imminent for some time. You can download and read The Report of the Morecambe Bay Investigation here. For those of you […]

When is good not really good?

26 Feb 2015 - 2 Comments

Yesterday the Care Quality Commission published its inspection report into Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Those of you who are regulars here will know this is a Trust I have a particular interest in via the JusticeforLB campaign. LB, Laughing Boy, died a preventable death in their ‘care’ in July 2013 and we’ve yet to […]

The data behind celebrating excellence #HSJAwards

20 Nov 2014 - 14 Comments

Last night saw the annual HSJ Awards hit our twitterstreams. Billed as ‘the largest celebration of healthcare excellence in the UK, highlighting the most innovative and successful people and projects in the sector’, the photo above (via Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust) clearly shows the scale of the ‘celebration’. Alastair McLellan, the HSJ […]