Warmth, compassion and new starts

After some variable and decidedly chilly weather in May, we seem to have started June with much sunnier weather and that was reflected in a few of the Week 22 contributions to Weekly Blog Club. There were also some tough topics tackled.

In a week when right wing groups and those demonstrating against them gathered on the streets in English cities, it was sad to read of issues regarding attitudes towards Indigenous Australians and of a specific incident in Australian football in Racism In Sport – Still A Long Way To Go by Trent Masenhelder on the @SportingWag blog. It was good to read that there was some positive outcome in the case of this particular incident.

Back in the UK, there was a lot of talk at the weekend about the 12th Doctor Who and whether he could be black and/or a she. Karl Green had been wondering about the possible extra Doctor Who? in a different way, before the news broke of Matt Smith’s departure later in the year. If you’re a fan of the series and have not yet seen the finale of the recent series, Karl’s post contains spoilers.

Although Doctor Who is a very hands-on sort of Time Lord, I wonder if some time spent on a community secondment might help his understanding of humanity? Chris Bolton wrote about a discussion he had on Twitter and a post by someone else in  If I ruled the world, all public sector senior managers would do a secondment in the community by @Jargonautical. What do you think? Would senior managers gain more understanding and compassion if they spent some time on hospital wards? Do people need regular experience of the front line work in order to understand the people there? Join in the discussion in the comments on Chris’s post.

Someone who knows all about the front line is Thomas Whitelaw and he shared his story  about his mother who has dementia and his role as her carer in My Filmed interview Mums story – part of the Patients story library acute services training. He makes some vivid visual points about the number of people with dementia and the number of their carers in Scotland.

On the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog this week, Dr Angus Cameron explained how  Guidelines in Medicine had been developed over the years to standardise and improve treatments. He writes about why he is unlikely to be invited to dine again with Members of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, and what he is concerned might start to influence the guidelines in the future.

The Dumfries and Galloway Health blog was inspired by the example set in Ayrshire by Derek Barron. This week, Derek wrote Ayrshirehealth Reviewed – a year of blogging. Happy birthday, Ayrshirehealth blog! When we first started receiving contributions from them, I did feel anxious about whether I would understand the posts well enough to do a micro summary post. Some weeks, I have had to read through a post more than a couple of times to understand some of the jargon, and sometimes the subject matter has been tough to read, but I have found each and every post well worth reading. It has been fascinating to understand a little more about the concepts behind approaches to care and management, and how the National Health Service for Scotland is changing. I feel  honoured that the Ayrshire health bloggers trust us with their posts, and admire how Derek has not only encouraged people to blog in his own area but has inspired others elsewhere. I know it’s not an easy think to do. I look forward to the next year of posts.

Sometimes, the health bloggers write about ways of doing things that are highly applicable to sectors other than health. Susan Hannah’s on the Ayrshire Health blog this week was a great example as she used an ancient Greek tale – A Warm and Sunny Lesson From Aesop – to show how a more collaborative approach to management can be more effective.

Richard Overy shared a wonderfully sunny picture of smiling people in Lady & gentleman at a windmill. The bicycles in the background suggested it was a leisure outing. Some people prefer to create their picturesque views at home. Samuel-James Wilson’s post this week described how he constructed a Folly/Garden Feature for a private garden. Graham Budd wrote about getting park rangers in his local authority involved in telling people about the work they do (including setting up new beehives) in A new reason to bee excited. He was so successful that they now want to contribute so regularly that they need their own blog.

Mark Braggins wrote about the proposed end of the Knowledge Hub that was set up for local authorities to use and share information and advice in Knowledge Hub: Good CoP or Bad CoP? He and others have been talking about what they can save and possibly doing things in a new way.

It was Out with the old and in with the new in Mark Wood’s post this week, as his work involved photographing the outgoing and incoming Mayors of Walsall at the formal ceremony, and then taking a set of photographs of the new year to be used as his publicity pictures for the year.

There was a surprise in Graham Budd’s second post of the week, hinted at in the title – Aloha: goodbye and hello: he is heading off to exotic parts to do a new job (I’m not telling you where or what because you should read about it in Graham’s own words). I’m sure that other Weekly Blog Club members and others who know Graham would want to join me in wishing him a very happy time in his new home and new job. I, for one, am already looking forward to his posts and really hope he will get into photo blogging because I want to see what his new environment looks like.

Karen Hart could probably do without the distraction of Graham’s pictures of his exotic new environment because she is a virtuoso at the gentle art of displacement activity. In fact, this week she had BAGs of displacement activity! I do hope she also managed to get the writing done by the deadline.

Finally, in a week of news of yet more protests elsewhere in the world, Louise Atkinson’s post, Practice as research [Week 33] Why art is not protest, seemed especially relevant. Louise considers art and protest, from the agitprop forms that began in the 1917 Russian Revolution to work by the world-famous British artist Banksy, and the Chinese artist, Ai Wei Wei.

We set the [entirely optional] theme last week as heroes/heroines and this could continue as a theme this week. You could write about your childhood heroes/heroines; how you relate to a particular, famous hero/heroine; or unsung heroes/heroines whom you think should be recognised. It’s also National Volunteer Week from 1st to 7th June, so it would be great to see posts about volunteering.

If I have left out anyone’s post, please do say. It is not always easy to keep track of which posts are to be included in a week when handing over from one host to another.

Thank you very much to all who contributed by writing, reading, liking, following or retweeting the Week 17 posts. If you are inspired to join the contributors, more about how to can be found on our About page. As Derek mentioned in his post, it is really helpful if you retweet posts via Twitter or post them as links on other social media channels you use.

Help with looking after Weekly Blog Club is always welcome. It does take some time, but those who try it have found it rewarding. The people who contribute posts here are lovely.

Have a wonderful week.

Janet

Janet E Davis

Summary of Week 22 posts

Guidelines in Medicine by Dr Angus Cameron on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog.

A new reason to bee excited by Graham Budd.

A Warm and Sunny Lesson From Aesop by Susan Hannah on the Ayrshire Health blog.

Doctor Who? by Karl S Green.

Aloha: goodbye and hello by Graham Budd.

Folly/Garden Feature by Samuel-James Wilson.

Knowledge Hub: Good CoP or Bad CoP? by Mark Braggins.

My Filmed interview Mums story – part of the Patients story library acute services training by Thomas Whitelaw.

Practice as research [Week 33] Why art is not protest by Louise Atkinson.

Ayrshirehealth Reviewed – a year of blogging by Derek Barron on the Ayrshire Health blog.

If I ruled the world, all public sector senior managers would do a secondment in the community by @Jargonautical by Chris Bolton.

Out with the old and in with the new by Mark Wood.

Racism In Sport – Still A Long Way To Go by Trent Masenhelder on the @SportingWag blog.

BAGs of displacement activity by Karen JK Hart.

Lady & gentleman at a windmill by Richard Overy.

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