If it matters, it’s in.

Hello bloggers, it’s me Kate Bentham, sitting in the Weekly Blog Club hot seat for week 36. It’s been a while since I hosted, I almost forgot what to do. But it’s been good; it’s helped me get into a blogging frame of mind after the summer break. There are plenty of others who are in the blogging swing as we had 13 blogs submitted this week, and they are all cracking. So, let’s start…

One of the first blogs I read this week was a beautiful blog on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog by Jason Leitch. Jason encourages healthcare professionals to ask patients and families ‘What matters to you? ’ and not ‘What’s the matter?’. Jason believes that this approach to person centered care will have positive outcomes for patients. It naturally got me thinking about what matters to me, and it soon became clear that many of our weekly blog clubbers will often blog about things that matters to them.

Take Nicola Davies for example, Nicola writes about giving up her much loved career as she tried to juggle work, children and her own expectations. Nicola has since gone on to continue to make her career a success but not before making significant changes. Careers, kids and having it all is an interesting blog which I am sure many women can relate too. Can we really have it all? Should be even be trying? And do men have to face this dilemma when they become parents?

Another very personal blog this week is by James Walsh who looks at the impact unemployment and welfare reform has had on his Dad. James shares with us the effects of being made redundant, together with ill health, had on his Dad’s sense of self and confidence, but with the support he received from James he felt able to make changes and to return to work again. In The Housing Associations, Welfare Reform and My Dad James shares what matters to his dad and what matters to him.

In . #amwriting by Karen Hart we find out more about how writing a novel for young people matters to Karen Hart’s, and the progress made to date and the process she has come through to make it to the first draft stage. We can’t wait to read the blog about the launch party!

In The Listening Project on the Dumfries and Galloway Health BlogFiona Green also looks at ‘What Matters’ in healthcare’ Fiona looks at the diabetes project DAFNA which is Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating and is a structured education programme for people with type 1 diabetes. Being part of this gave Fiona an insight into what is it like to live with diabetes, and acted as a reminder to ask ‘What matters to you?’.

Crossroads is an extremely powerful story this week from Steve Nestor about two women, strangers to each other, but who were there when it mattered. The story looks at how the one saved the other, one was from pain and injury and one from a miserable life. The one factor which brought these women together was that they both cared.

On the Ayrshire Health blog this week in Whose needs are being met? by Ken Donaldson he tells us of two elderly and frail patients, who both needed care and treatment. The care received by one, helped Ken to questions whose needs were being met when it came to decisions about patient care, which resulted in a different approach for the second. These great examples highlight how when Ken reflected on his practice and to ensure future practice would be led by what matters to his patients would receive.

A couple of work blogs next, first the Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office question Is Scrutiny about to come of age? and share with us the work they have been doing around scrutiny. They have been looking at how they can support Welsh councils to implement a range of scrutiny methods as part of a challenging self evaluation and performance review process. The results of their work are going to be shared at an All Wales Scrutiny Conference in November. We look forward to hearing how the conference went. Also an interesting blog post this week by Mark Braggins on Open data, apps and maps . Mark is blogging on the Hampshire Hub blog about the work him and colleagues are doing around open data, and shares lots of great examples and practical tips for anyone who is interesting in finding out more about the benefits and uses of open data.

In the media section of this week’s summary we have an interesting debate by Peter Olding and questions Just what is ACTUALLY wrong with films with subtitles? Peter looking at the merits of watching films with subtitles and says that having to read the subtitles would distract him from the visual art of a film, and so he would be missing out on some of the emotions of the film. Karl Green blogs about a time his year group were involved in a children’s television programme called Square One Television. Karl’s class were chosen to visit Elstree studios to film a game show and Karl saw this as his opportunity to appear on television. Did he make the final cut? Find out in Fifty Shades of Green: Part 5 – Square One Television.

This week Simon Harrington shares with us some new experiences he’s been having recently. These include doing a live radio interview, visiting some of Dubai’s impressive landmarks, having a facial and stealing a shopping trolley. All becomes clear as to why in First time for everything

Finally I share pictures of an awful lot of ice cream. They come in all manner of wonderful flavours and look like the perfect accompaniment to a sunny day, or a rainy day. My summer in 8 ice creams isn’t really about the ice cream, what matters is the people I shared them with.

So, that’s your lot. Thank you to all of you who have submitted, shared and commented on the blogs we’ve had this week. If you want to have a go a writing a blog for week 28 then you can find out how on our About page.

If you want to have a go at being the Weekly Blog Club host and curator for a week, and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you, there’s an easy step by step guide on how to on our Admin info page. Go on, what have you got to lose?

Until next time, take care and keep blogging.


Kate Bentham

  1. Is Scrutiny about to come of age? by Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office
  2. Just what is ACTUALLY wrong with films with subtitles. by Peter Olding
  3. My summer in 8 ice creams by Kate Bentham
  4. Whose needs are being met? by Ken Donaldson on the Ayrshire Health blog
  5. #amwriting by Karen Hart
  6. Crossroads by Steve Nestor
  7. The Housing Associations, Welfare Reform and My Dad by James Walsh
  8. Open data, apps and maps by Mark Braggins
  9. Fifty Shades of Green: Part 5 – Square One Television. by Karl Green
  10. What matters to you? by Jason Leitch on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog
  11. First time for everything by Simon Harrington
  12. Careers, kids and having it all by Nicola Davies

Working in local gov, managing a frontline service for families. I love Shropshire, love family and love information and blog about all three. There is also the occasional mention of cake and caek.

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