Caring, Technology and Knightmares

Hello lovely bloggers, it’s me Kate Bentham, sitting in the Weekly Blog Club hot seat for week 39. I do hope you’ve all had a good week. There are some fabulous blogs for you again, covering an eclectic mix of topics. So let’s crack on.

In the health care section of Weekly Blog Club we start with a really interesting blog by Laura Jones on the Dumfries and Galloway blog. Laura has been looking at many aspects of patient centred care and one word which is key for Laura is Consideration – really taking the time to see the patient as a person. Laura believes this is something which should be part of the Ethos  of the whole of the NHS. The blogs also looks at the lost asset of those doctors who leave the UK to work overseas in search of respect and feeling valued.

Also on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog we have Ewan Kelly who shares the aspects of working in healthcare which continue to keep him motivated and inspired even through the toughest of times. This includes observing courage, humour and human interaction. Ewan blogs about the ‘Rays of Humanity’  which may have kept patients strong, but believes that this also impacts on the well being of healthcare professionals.

Elaine Hunter  blogs about so many special occasions which take place during October, some personal and some professional in her role as the AHP consultant in Alzheimer. One of the biggest events coming up this month is co-hosting a workshop for approx 200 occupational therapy students called Communication & Making Connections in Dementia #OTDementia. The workshop is to enable the students to develop their understanding and knowledge of person centred support for people with dementia, their carers and families.

If ever you wanted to find out more about the work of an occupational therapist you should read Aileen Fyfe’s blog on the Ayrshire Health blog called Occupational What? Aileen starts a month of blogs by Occupational Therapists on the Ayrshire Blog and clarifies exactly what an OT does. Aileen shares the official definition and talks about her role of working with and enabling people to overcome barriers – for themselves.

Linked to patient care is the first of two blogs by  Janet Davis this week called Drawings of doctors: a patient’s eye-view – gallery. Janet begins her blog with an introduction to the work of artist Nick Wadley, who spent several periods of time, over a significant number of years, drawing his experience of being a patient and the relationships with the medical profession. Janet also shares her own observations of hospital life and the reaction of some patients to the consultants visit. Janet is sharing this blog as part of The Big Draw, which is taking place throughout October, and considers the positive impact drawing can have on a patient’s recovery. Janet’s second blog is an amazing drawing she has done of a Dog skull and Janet encourages us all to take part in The Big Draw. Something to think about if you are looking for inspiration for a blog post for week 40.

We also have two blogs from the Good Practice Exchange at Wales Audit Office this week. The first blog is called Lights, Camera, Action! and explains how 200 delegates are gearing up to attend the Spotlight on Scrutiny conference next month. At the conference there will be a chance to share knowledge and experience, to learn from ideas and develop solutions to improve scrutiny in Wales. In their second blog, The Good Practice Exchange looks at how various public service organisations are using IT to enhance delivery, or engagement or to focus on the needs of their particular client group. The blog shares video interviews with three organisations who explain how IT is enabling then to deliver better services. A must read/watch blog for anyone in public services who wants to know more about Using Information Technology to enable better public services

Karen Hart has also been blogging about IT – especially when it comes to backing up the 70,000 words she has written for her novel. In Once More, With Feeling you might also pick up on the reference Karen makes to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who know the importance of back up.

A new blog from Loumeracy AKA Louise Brown this week as she shares with us her experience of studying for a PGCE. Not only has Louise had her first day at college but she has also attended a Teach Meet Bucks event which are organised by teachers for teachers, to share ideas, knowledge, tools and enthusiasm. This week the discussion focused on IT and in particular Google Apps for Education, in Technological inspiration at #tmbucks

Chris Bolton blogs about failure and how it may be possible in some circumstances to predict failure, and therefore be prepared. Chris looks at three models of failure systems and considers what we could learn from each model. The models include Swiss Cheese, The Incident Pit and Timetable of Inevitable Failure. Failure Models and NUMB3RS. How do you get from backwards look to real time learning?  is a great blog.

In the nature section of Weekly Blog Club we have a super blog this week by Georgia Parker  as she shares with us some wonderful photos and up close encounters of hummingbirds. In Life Lesson 2: The curiosity of hummingbirds Georgia has been observing these curious little birds as they visit and seemingly flaunt themselves in front of her.

Finally in the retro kids TV section of Weekly Blog Club we have Karl S Green, who blogs about how he was able to relive a childhood memory recently when he went to see a stage version of the children’s television programme Knightmare Live! The performance stayed true to the original format of the show and Karl even got to meet the actor who played to original lead in the show.

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 40 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?

I hand over to the fabulous Louise Brown who will be your host for week 40. Louise’s [entirely optional] theme is Flavours, so get those thinking caps on or taste buds flowing and get blogging. Remember, a blog doesn’t have to be long, or even one of words; it can be a photo with a few words around it.

Until next time, take care of yourself and keep blogging.

Kate x

Kate Bentham

Summary of Week 39 posts

  1. ‘Rays of Humanity’ by Ewan Kelly on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog.
  2. Using Information Technology to enable better public services by Dyfrig Williams for the Good Practice Exchange at Wales Audit Office blog.
  3. Once More, With Feeling by Karen Hart.
  4. Failure Models and NUMB3RS. How do you get from backwards look to real time learning? by Chris Bolton.
  5. Knightmare Live! by Karl S Green.
  6. Technological inspiration at #tmbucks by Loumeracy AKA Louise Brown.
  7. Communication & Making Connections in Dementia #OTDementia by Elaine Hunter.
  8. Occupational What? by Aileen Fyfe on the Ayrshirehealth blog.
  9. Lights, Camera, Action! by Huw Rees for Good Practice Exchange at Wales Audit Office.
  10. Life Lesson 2: The curiosity of hummingbirds by Georgia Parker.
  11. Drawings of doctors: a patient’s eye-view – gallery by  Janet Davis.
  12. Dog skull by Janet Davis.
  13. Ethos by Laura Jones on the Dumfries and Galloway blog.

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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