Thanks very much to the fabulous Kate Bentham for looking after Weekly Blog Club in Week 3 and writing a great summary for it. Thank goodness she covered Week 3 and not Week 4. I would have felt a bit guilty if I’d handed Week 4 over to her since we have a massive 19 posts, thanks partly to a Herculean blogging effort focused on the NHS Hack Day in Cardiff by #WeeklyBlogClub regulars Dyfrig Williams and Chris Bolton.
Last week, Kate had suggested two themes: 1) Seven things that make you smile; 2) Share some facts about yourself. Several people took up these suggestions and shared varying amounts of facts about themselves. Carol Woolley gave us some musical notes on herself in Did you know that….; Karen Hart crammed 52 facts about herself into her “Fact, fact, fact!”* 52 of them; and Peter Olding reveals what makes him smile and laugh in The man with two middle names. Diane Sims’s First thoughts (for Matilda) seemed to fit with these posts, as she shared her first impressions of a very young person whom she has yet to meet.
Another post sharing information about the writer’s life came from Samuel-James Wilson. In Too hot to handle, he wrote about the frustration of work being held up by it being too hot in Australia to work outside, looking for more work, and exploring the country.
Meanwhile, back in the UK and back at work, Louise Atkinson was working on Practice as research Week 64: Flexagons and Foil Blocking (which I found intriguing because these are not things that I have tried). Weekly Blog Club first-timer Glenda Parker wrote about the slightly different approaches by not-for-profit and commercial organisations to project work in Project success factors – how do NFP & commercial organisations compare? Andy Johnson’s work is about learning in the workplace and in Are you ready to adopt social learning? he blogged about a different approach that they are adding to existing learning methods for staff. Kenny McDonald wrote about a digital event he attended and at which he did a presentation: Digital Angus: View From The Front.
The future was a mini theme that emerged during the week. Firstly, Mark Braggins was gazing into the future of digital technology in public services for UKGovCamp 2014: Futurology at UKGC14? Ross Wigham wrote about the presentation in Newcastle upon Tyne by the new president of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Stephen Waddington (@wadds) in Future skills, influence, Romans and cement. Angela O’Neill, on the Ayrshirehealth blog looked at future requirements for acute care and how they can plan to meet those future needs Transforming Emergency Care – From dream to reality.
There was a lot of looking forward in the NHS Hack Day, held in Cardiff. I wish I had been able to go to this event. The tweets indicated that this was a really interesting weekend. So I was delighted to see what a fantastic job Dyfrig Williams and Chris Bolton did of blogging about the event. All the posts are well worth reading if you have any interest in the National Health Service – and especially if you are interested in future developments of how digital technology can help. Dyfrig wrote: NHS Hack Day: QR Codes, Cycle Helmets and Hard Work, NHS Hack Day: Patients at the heart of service development and NHS Hack Day: Coffee, Apps and Vision. Chris wrote: Cardiff NHS Hackday #nhshd Live! Here’s a taster, Better Learning from Quality Improvement Audits. NHS Hackday Cardiff #nhshd and NHS Hackday Cardiff #nhshd. Medical Student Work Based Placement Assessment Records.
And our final health post of the week was Medicine Safety Week – The 5 ‘Rs’ on the @dghealth (Dumfries and Galloway Health) blog (written this week by Ken Donaldson). I liked the Medicine Safety Week logo, which included the 5 ‘Rs’ – Right medicine, Right dose, Right patient, Right route, Right time. Medicine Safety Week sounds like a good thing to do in all health trusts.
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