Data, Detectives, GE2015 and Supergran

Hello, it’s me Kate Bentham here again, trying to catch up on blog post summaries. This is the summary for week 18, I think, although who really knows. Anyway a Happy Bank Holiday Monday to you. I hope you have been spending it wisely – like reading blogs, or writing blogs or sharing blogs, or making plans to be the Weekly Blog Club host. Hint, hint.

I’ve got 7 fabulous blogs to share with you this week, so thank you if you have blogged, give yourself a pat on the back. I have enjoyed reading them all, as I am sure you will too. I just wanted to mention a few of my highlights this week.

The first is a question from Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office and they ask Is Data Protection a barrier to public service improvement?   This blog shares a couple of video recordings of presentations from services with examples of good practice in this area. The blogs shares how Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, for example have been able to put in place a data sharing agreement to identify people who are most at risk of home fires and look at preventative measures. This agreement will not only help protect citizens but also result in greater collaborative working between public services.

Another insightful blog is from Ross Wigham who writes about 8 things a Sicilian detective can teach us about comms. This blog draws our attention to a Detective in the television programme Il Commissairo, and from which Ross shows what we can learn about comms from this very charismatic detective. An enjoyable read.

A blog by Irene Cahill  certainly seemed popular judging by the number of retweets, and which was called From CPN to Supergran!    In this blog, Irene, a soon to be retired Community Psychiatric Nurse, recalls some of her career highlights, funny stories and how the importance of team has played a big part in making this an enjoyable career. I wish Irene (or Supergran) an enjoyable retirement. I am sure she will soon have plenty more funny stories to tell looking after her twin grandchildren.

It’s the week of the General Election, and anyone working in Local Government knows that it’s a significant week for lots of reasons. Kelly Quigley Hicks and her colleagues have been Getting ready for 7 May by making it easier for citizens to vote. They have introduced a Find My Polling Station Map and also produced infographics about candidates so voters have information to hand to be able to make an informed decision. It will be interesting to see how social media and technology have been used in this campaign compared to the last election – and is anyone brave enough to predict what the impact would be on the 2020 campaign.

So, that’s it from me. When I’m back as host I promise to up my game – no one let me have any more squidgy deadlines! Until then, keep blogging.



Kate Bentham

  1. Thoughts on the Magicens Conference   by Louise Atkinson
  2. Team work – Ward 12 style by Jacueline Nicholson on the Dumfries and Galloway Health
  3. Getting ready for 7 May by Kelly Quigley Hicks
  4. From CPN to Supergran! by Irene Cahill on the Ayrshire Health blog
  5. 8 things a Sicilian detective can teach us about comms by Ross Wigham
  6. Is Data Protection a barrier to public service improvement? by Good Practice Exchange at the Wales Audit Office
  7. Interventions for Dementia: Education, Assessment and Support by Fiona Maclean

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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