Social media as a vehicle

Earlier this week I shared a post, and a slideshare, that was talking about why people need to start taking notice of socia media, if they’re not doing so already. This post shared some of the arguments given for ignoring social media and pointed out, quite simply, that the ostrich approach of head in sand […]

Social media: why you should take notice

Back in October I facilitated a workshop at the National Children and Adult Services Conference in Eastbourne. NCASC 2012 brought together leaders from across health and social care in the UK to discuss, debate, learn and network around the pressing topics of the day. There was much talk of the challenging financial situation, the (then) […]

Reaching critical mass? Social media at #NCASC

Last month I attended my fourth National Children and Adult Services Conference #NCASC in Eastbourne. The first time I attended in 2009 was to launch the resources from Safety Matters, an action research Change Project I’d been running at RiPfA focusing on adult safeguarding. We had a session in Harrogate presented by myself and a […]

Welcome to my professional blog

I’ve been blogging in a personal capacity for a number of years and having left full-time employment I thought I’d take the opportunity to start a professional blog on my new website. It’s likely to cover topics such as research impact, utilisation of knowledge, dissemination of research findings, social media and it’s role as an […]

Engagement with research #openssw

Am at #OpenSSW today, going to be talking about engagement, evidence informed practice and research. Will blog later but for now, here’s how to NOT engage ppl w research!

Getting social care evidence into practice

There have been a couple of discussions on twitter and blog posts I’ve read recently that I’ve wanted to reply to, the most clear one came from @Ermintrude2 who wrote an excellent post about her struggles to keep up with research while working in frontline practice. Ermintrude, works as a social worker in an integrated […]

The art of doing nothing

This weekend I intentionally made no plans, relishing the prospect of four whole days without a single commitment. The one exception to this is that I promised Mum and Dad that I would spend the night with them on Saturday. Dad started chemo on Wednesday and we’d been warned that this weekend would be a […]

Don’t give up the ship, fight her till she sinks #cancer

Ten days ago I wrote a blog post The beginning of the end? that reflected on my Dad’s journey/fight/life with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) over the past four years. Well ten days on and things seem to have progressed even further. In March alone Dad has had three blood transfusions, which equates to about 8 […]

Foodie hotel recommendations please

A couple weeks ago I asked the twittersphere for recommendations of foodie hotels that are either good for staying in, or visiting for nosh. A number of people replied with recommendations, but unfortunately I’ve lost their twitter tags so apologies if you sent one of these and aren’t getting your deserved credit. Here are the […]

Germ paranoia

My Mum and Dad had what I now consider to be an inspired approach to illness when I was a youngster…they did everything they could to ensure that as children we caught everything catchable, as young as possible! I had measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, you name it we’d be wheeled around to the neighbour’s […]