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Social Care Curry Club’s 1st birthday

11 Jun 2014 - 4 Comments

One of the first tweets I saw today was this one, from my mate Matt Bowsher: Just over a year ago we got into a conversation on twitter about curry and who we’d most like to have curry with in the social care world. The twitter account was the first development, followed by a gmail […]

Can social media improve service quality? #NCF2014

25 May 2014 - No Comments

Last week I had the absolute pleasure to attend #NCF2014, the annual conference of the National Care Forum. This year’s conference saw a room full of Chief Execs, Trustees and colleagues from care provider organisations debating the eternal question of how best to focus on Bringing Quality to Life. The conference opened with this film, made […]

Is social media really disrupting leadership?

18 May 2014 - 5 Comments

This post is really a note to self and shared to gather input and feedback, partly because I fear the limitations of 140 on twitter may misrepresent me, and partly because I usually find that blogging something helps straighten my thoughts. I’m speaking at National Care Forum’s annual conference #NCF2014 this week and my session […]

VivaCards: reshaping preparation

09 Mar 2014 - No Comments

Over ten years ago, after four hard years of slog, I sat my own PhD viva. If I’m completely honest I didn’t really know how to prepare for my viva, and there wasn’t a lot of support available (this was the days before social media or online discussion forums). In the absence of any better […]

JusticeforLB: A movement for change

09 Mar 2014 - 6 Comments

Less than two weeks ago a report was published on Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s website, detailing an independent investigation into the death of 18 year old Connor Sparrowhawk in an NHS hospital. Connor was known as LB, short for Laughing Boy, online. The Connor Report, found that his death was preventable. The report appears very […]

Discrepancies, blatant misses and gaping holes

24 Feb 2014 - 8 Comments

Not a very jazzy blog title but I’m altogether out of inspiration as I sit here incredulous at the report into the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, or as he’s known LB (an abbreviation for Laughing Boy). If you don’t know about LB or the amazing fight by his family, led by @SaraSiobhan, then please take […]

Conference Life in Second Life

04 Feb 2014 - 6 Comments

I’m going to start with an apology for not blogging recently, I’ve been a bit busy and launched VivaCards last week – go take a look if you know of anyone approaching a viva who might be interested, all feedback very welcome @VivaCards. Right, plug and apology over, this post is about attending a conference […]

Skills for Care looking at evidence #SfCEvidence

19 Jan 2014 - No Comments

I’m heading to London in the morning for a workshop organised by Skills for Care that is looking at the role of research evidence in workforce development. The work is being conducted by Consilium and I’ve been helping out with a few ideas and perspectives and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m pleased that […]

Excessive RTs: what’s the problem and why do they happen?

03 Dec 2013 - 1 Comment

This morning I shared a cranky rant on twitter that looked like this: I’ve linked it back to the original tweet so you can see some of the responses it received. I’ve been musing on it ever since, not least because I’ve been questioning why overwhelmingly people who responded didn’t seem to experience the same […]

Social care evidence in practice: an English perspective #KTNConf

11 Oct 2013 - 1 Comment

I’m typing this sat in the beautiful Banff Springs hotel in Canada where I’ve spent the last couple days at #KTNConf Inspiring Change. Organised and hosted by the Health Research Transfer Network of Alberta (RTNA), this conference has focused on the role of knowledge transfer in inspiring change. Rarely have I had the privilege to […]

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