Blue lights and learning, landscapes and inspiring

This post, the summary of Week 19 Year 2 posts, is the 1,194th on this blog. There have been 16,577 views of the blog. We have created 193 categories and 1,771 tags. 246 people follow this blog, and there have been 970 shares (using the buttons on the posts – so does not count all the sharing activity), mostly on Twitter and next most popular are LinkedIn, and Google + (someone does use it!). I have just binned 71 spam comments. There were 17 posts in Week 19.

Healthcare, tourism and leisure were key topics that emerged during the week, with a mini theme of stages of life, and a lot of learning threaded through many of the posts. If you lack inspiration for a post, do just tweet about it to @WeeklyBlogClub and someone will try to help – or you could look back on previous posts (be aware that some links will be broken due to Posterous shutting down last month).

Health-related posts during Week 19

Scot Health monthly is settling in and Becoming part of the landscape, pulling together health blog posts from throughout Scotland. The number of health bloggers in Scotland seems to have grown every month since I first read the Ayrshire Health blog last year, set up by Derek Barron. This week’s post on Ayrshire Health blog – Interprofessional learning…bridging the paradigm gap – was by a paramedic for the first time. John Burnham started his post with an example of learning from another emergency service’s ‘hot debrief’ held immediately after and by the site of the incident. The recent BlueLightCamp unconference (which included organisers and participants whose names are already familiar to Weekly Blog Club readers) focused on how digital technology and communications are and could be used by the emergency services.

Catherine Howe used the Dan Slee approach to unconference blogging and wrote 20 things from BlueLightCamp13 as her ‘general’ post on the event and issues raised. It is always interesting to listen in on such unconferences and to read the blogs about them since the issues raised are often relevant to other areas of the public sector (note to future historians, once upon a time, the UK had public fire, police, and ambulance services).

Joseph Conaghan suggested some radical solutions to the problems in staffing Accident and Emergency in hospitals in Accident and Emergency in Trouble….Quick, Paint Out The Signs. The Dumfries and Galloway Health blog contributed a post with the most authors for a single Weekly Blog Club post thus far with Maureen Stevenson, Laura Graham, Mhairi Hastings, and Natalie Oakes writing London 2013- International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare by The Patient Safety Team. They picked out some of the key points at an international forum, including learning from healthcare professionals in countries with far less resources, and Robert Francis QC talking about his report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust Inquiry.

Chris Bolton had been thinking more about jargon and specifically about National Health Service jargon and shared what he had found in Don’t spend any money on NHS Jargon Busters – it’s sorted! Download the Apps. Having worked on hierarchical word lists myself (including a rather substantial one), I was very interested in this post. The NHS must have several different ‘languages’ with the different types of professionals that work within it, and including both the medical and the non-medical staff. It would be a fabulous challenge to pull together an NHS hierarchical word list.

Stages of life

Phil Jewitt contributed a lovely guest post to the Shropshire Family Information Service blog on the challenge of being a parent of children as they become adults: Letting go. Jayne Holgate of Age UK Business Directory (Nottingham & Nottinghamshire) wrote a guest post on Weekly Blog Club about one of the challenges that face people at the other end of adulthood: Protecting Older People from Rogue Traders. Hannah Chia wrote about a very busy stage of her life as she settles into a new job at the same time as trying to arrange her wedding from several countries away in Excuses & Being A Good WAG.


Louise Brown asked What can I teach about content licensing in 15 minutes? in her post. She was preparing a short teaching session as part of her course about teaching adults. It is a complex topic and requires accurate information. Her question certainly made me think a lot, even though I have quite often had to give people some basic information about it in my work. Feedback by Sarah Ball at Participation Cymru covered learning from the learner angle. She had been on the same course as Dyfrig Williams (his post last week about it was Drilling down), and it was interesting to read what had resonated with her.

Tourism and leisure

Karl Green was looking into the future and trying to forecast whether and how television might change in TV Programmes: The Future? Will people in the future be sharing the Eurovision experience at the same time and still sharing comments about it with complete strangers online?

Richard Overy showed a more active leisure experience in his post this week of a vintage photograph of Swimming, taken at a busy lido or outdoor pool. I found myself wondering who took the photograph.

Photographer Mark Wood contributed his first blog to Weekly Blog Club – New blog & inspiration – and told us of his week which, although full of work rather than leisure, did include a trip to the major tourist centre of London.

I take photographs wherever I go (or, at least, I did till my DSLR stopped focusing on 1st January this year), and find the stunning Northumberland landscape one of the most difficult to photograph because the views are so wide and often so distant, so sometimes I paint them instead. I rediscovered a couple of my old watercolours of Hadrian’s Wall landscapes recently. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northumberland. Ross Wigham wrote about his and his team’s work in promoting Northumberland as a tourist destination to local people as well as those more distant, and reveals some interesting statistics on the use of digital and more traditional offline methods of promotion in Travelling in your own back yard (and getting a social buzz for your event).

Karen Hart’s description of a narrowboat holiday experience in Out of town was so lyrical that I felt really tempted to try it myself. It is almost magic realist in feel and conjures up an England that you think you recognise as an idyllic past, perhaps over a century ago, although it probably could not have existed then. If you only have one post to read out of this week’s collection, perhaps this is the one, especially if you need to be transported to a more peaceful place.

If I have left out anyone’s post, please tell us – it can be difficult to sift through the hashtags at times. As always, thank you very much to all who contributed by writing, reading, liking, following or retweeting the Week 19 posts. If you are inspired to join the contributors, more about how to can be found on our About page. I did not set the [entirely optional] theme for Week 20 since it was already through by the time I wrote this but if you need help or inspiration, tweet us and someone usually helps quite quickly.

Many thanks also to lovely Kate Bentham for taking over for the next week. If you would like to help look after Weekly Blog Club, all you need to know is here.


Janet E Davis.

Summary of Week 19 posts

Swimming by Richard Overy.

Hadrian’s Wall landscapes by Janet E Davis.

TV Programmes: The Future? by Karl S Green.

Letting go by Phil on the Shropshire Family Information Service blog.

Travelling in your own back yard (and getting a social buzz for your event) by Ross Wigham.

Becoming part of the landscape by Scot Health monthly.

Interprofessional learning…bridging the paradigm gap by John Burnham  on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Excuses & Being A Good WAG by Hannah Chia (aka @SportingWag)

New blog & inspiration by Mark Wood aka @f8_media .

What can I teach about content licensing in 15 minutes? by Louise Brown.

Out of town by Karen JK Hart.

20 things from BlueLightCamp13 by Catherine Howe on the BlueLightCamp blog.

Don’t spend any money on NHS Jargon Busters – it’s sorted! Download the Apps by Chris Bolton.

Accident and Emergency in Trouble….Quick, Paint Out The Signs by Joseph Conaghan.

Protecting Older People from Rogue Traders by Jayne Holgate – Age UK Business Directory (Nottingham & Nottinghamshire)

London 2013- International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare by The Patient Safety Team by Maureen Stevenson, Laura Graham, Mhairi Hastings, and Natalie Oakes on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog.

Feedback by Sarah Ball at Participation Cymru.

Weekly Blog Club was set up in early January 2012 to encourage people to blog regularly, and especially to encourage those working in and with the public sector, charities and voluntary organisations in the UK to find their own 'voice' through writing.

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