Communicating, Culture, Holidays and #nhsscot14

Listen to the Weekly Summary in Welsh below, or read on for the English!

This is the first week I’ve covered Weekly Blog Club in quite some time, and what a week it was! We had 13 great blogs that are well worth getting your teeth into. There were some visual feasts too, as you can see from the Pinterest Board below.

In terms of communicating, Carolyne Mitchell wrote a great post called Fudging the Nudge, which mused on what makes us cheat. What can help control this? It’s well worth reading her post to find out more. In her post CIPR member on child-related leave?, Kelly Quigley-HIcks fills us in about the concessions available to members of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), which would be massively handy if you’ve got some maternity, paternity or adoption leave coming up and all the financial constraints that come with it. In Looking Back at Past KarlKarl Green pondered whether he should put old diaries online in his thought provoking post on what he shares in his blog.

WiFi is key in modern day communication, so much so that it’s been added to a re-jigged Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Chris Bolton looks at the power of phone signal in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Brecon Beacons Hillwalking, as he’s been training for the Wales Audit Office Staff Charity Challenge to raise funds for Changing Faces, which supports and represents people who have conditions or injuries which affect their appearance. If you’d like to sponsor Chris and the rest of the group, you can do so on Just Giving. You can also follow their progress on Twitter via @Welsh3Peaks4CF.

Karen Jk Hart wrote a great post about #BookADay, where she looks at what it’s all about and also shares some of her own experiences of reading and what it means to her. The book theme continued as Louise Atkinson blogged about being selected for a video and performance art project called Book Act in Practice as Research, which explores the nature of a book as a time based medium.

We had a couple of posts about holidays this week. Richard Overy posted a lovely photo in Barry Island Photobooth No. 2, replete with dodgy weighing scales, and Kate Bentham introduces us to the concept of The Journal, with its awesome Beano cover! It’s going to be jam-packed with travel tickets, receipts from day trips and maps from the places she visits.

We had three posts on the NHS Scotland event this week, which sounded fantastic. In NHS Scotland 2014 – a day in reflectionPaul Gray looks back at an inspiring conference that featured poster displays, digital engagement and digital learning. Paul blogged again in a joint post with Craig White for NHS Scotland Day 2. Paul looked at a variety of themes including the question of banning smoking on NHS property, and Craig’s part contains tweets and other blogs from the event, and looks at the importance of staff engagement. Susan Munro also blogged on the conference in We’re On Our Way…, which looked at patient centred care and featured some great videos, including interviews with staff from Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and views of NHS Scotland from around the world

Other organisational blogs included a post from Non Humphries of Participation Cymru, who pondered as to why co-production hasn’t spread further in Co-Production in Action. Non looked at how it’s been put into practice where she volunteers, at Recovery Cymru. I blogged for the Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office on Reducing the burden of reporting, and how Wrexham County Borough Council manage their reporting requirements.

If you’ve never submitted a blog before, we’d love to hear from you. A big thanks to everyone who’s written, read and liked posts this week, and to those who follow or have followed the blog.

Also, if you’ve never been at the helm of Weekly Blog Club, why not give it a shot? You get to read some great blogs that cover fantastic topics that cover both work and social life from all over the UK (and sometimes beyond!). It’s very fulfilling, and I can promise you that you learn lots. If you’re interested, you can find out more on the About page.

Thanks all, and hope you have a great weekend!

Dyfrig on behalf of the Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office.

Summary of week 22 posts

  1. Looking Back at Past Karl by Karl S. Green.
  2. Co-Production in Action by Non Humphries of Participation Cymru.
  3. #bookaday by Karen JK Hart.
  4. Fudging the nudge by Carolyne Mitchell.
  5. NHS Scotland 2014 – a day in reflection by Paul Gray for Ayrshire Health.
  6. Reducing the burden of reporting by Dyfrig Williams for the Good Practice Exchange.
  7. Practice as research by Louise Atkinson.
  8. CIPR member on child-related leave? by Kelly Quigley-Hicks.
  9. Barry Island Photobooth No2 by Richard Overy.
  10. We’re On Our Way by Susan Munro.
  11. NHS Scotland Event Day 2 by Paul Gray and Craig White for dghealth.
  12. The Journal by Kate Bentham.
  13. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Brecon Beacons Hillwalking by What’s the PONT.
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