Hello my lovelies,
I, Louise, have been looking after your blogging needs this week. It has, as always, been a please. Thank you for sending me another GREAT bunch of posts, even with all the football and glorious sunshine about to keep you occupied.
My maths teacher alter ego filed two posts this week. The first was a reflection on my first year of teacher training, One year down, one to go. My second post was, perhaps, a bit too maths teachery for WBC, I hope you don’t mind. I was interested to see someone post some World Cup box plots on Twitter last week. I’ve written about what we might be able to say about the teams from these statistical visualisations. (If box plots are your thing then I would really love to hear your thoughts). What can we conclude from the World Cup box plots?
There has been a theme of newness from our health posts this week; new roles, introductions and new perspectives.
As Implementation and Improvement Team Lead at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Gareth Adkins has been part of many discussions on how to improve the experience for patients. When his six year old son fell out of a tree he saw things from the other side. Some great reflections from Gareth in his post Broken Arms to Hopeful Hands on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog. Jacqui Lunday Johnston introduces us to the work of allied health professionals and what they can do to support people living with dementia in Why Scotland NEEDS Allied Health Professionals on the Let’s talk about dementia blog. Craig Blackwood is a student of radiotherapy and oncology at Glasgow Caledonian University and as you’ll see from his post for Ayrshire Health, a passionate and clear communicator on a very complex subject. As a radiotherapist Craig helps to treat people with cancer, a career path taken in memory of his gran. Educating Ayrshire: ‘A whistle-stop tour in to the world of radiotherapy’. Ross Wigham made the jump from localgov comms into health comms and it’s proving to be a big learning curve. He’s still coming to grips with the health acronyms and the huge hospital sites but he has cake a bleeper, so he’s a happy man 😉 The NHS new starter pack, bleepers & pictures of cake.
Carolyne Mitchell has been thinking about intrinsic and extrinsic motivations this week, why on earth do we do what we do and how do we use that understanding to motivate others? Would you attempt to climb a mountain if you knew it couldn’t be done? (Would you attempt to climb it if you knew it could?!). Why you love your Billy bookcase is another excellent post from Carolyne. One way to keep staff motivated is to let them work flexible hours. It can help staff to spend more time with children and family, volunteer, beat the traffic, get stuff done and so much more. Soon it will be a legal right for all employees to be able to request flexible working. Kelly Quigley-Hicks clearly values her flexible working arrangement and in Let’s get flexible she shares her thoughts.
Even if you’re not a football fan you can’t have failed to notice that there is something called the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening in Brazil. Karl S Green remembers fondly the Italia 90 and Euro 96 competitions and wonders whether we’ve lost that [football] loving feeling in Memories of England Past.
Last week we lost one of the country’s most original comic talents of the last 30 years. Rik Mayall’s unforgettable characters in shows like The Young Ones and Bottom made him a much-loved actor. Janet Davis has written some thoughts about The Young Ones, particularly what it felt like to be a student at the same time in When We Were Young Ones.
Thank you again for some fabulous posts. If you’d like to get involved with hosting Weekly Blog Club for a week then read more about it elsewhere on the website.
Before I say goodbye, I’m just going to leave you with this….
List of posts:
- Memories of England Past by Karl S Green
- The NHS new starter pack, bleepers & pictures of cake by Ross Wigham
- Educating Ayrshire: ‘A whistle-stop tour in to the world of radiotherapy’ by Craig Blackwood on the Ayrshire Health blog
- Why you love your Billy bookcase by Carolyne Mitchell
- One year down, one to go by Louise Brown
- When We Were Young Ones by Janet Davis
- What can we conclude from the World Cup box plots? by Louise Brown
- Why Scotland NEEDS Allied Health Professionals by Jacqui Lunday Johnston on the Let’s talk about dementia blog
- Broken Arms to Hopeful Hands by Gareth Adkins on the Dumfries and Galloway Health blog
- Let’s get flexible by Kelly Quigley-Hicks