#TOTW from 27-03-15 ‘Listen to Kate Granger talk about Compassionate Care and how she started the #hellomynameis campaign

Happy British Summer time!

I’m on nights from tonight, so this is very short and sweet!

I wanted to return to my roots and give you all another chance to see this tweet relating to Kate Granger and how she happened to start the #hellomynameis campaign:

Listen to talk about and how she started the campaign

It’s just over 30 minutes long, but well worth your time to watch. It’s certainly more informative and interesting than some of the things on the telebox that are 30 minutes long!



#TOTW from 16/03/15 “We must, and can, do much more to value HCAs and to invest in them”


Even though “It’s not just about bones,” this week I have retweeted a number of images for educational purposes, as they are interesting to look at and have been viewed a good number of times, so I will continue to do so!

However, I have still put out some of my “usual” tweets covering topics other than radiography. The one I have chosen for my #TOTW is:

“We must, and can, do much more to value and to invest in them” XRay HCAs are great!

Not a lot really needs to be said here, other than the work HCAs do is incredibly important, and the NHS would grind to halt without them. I know from my own experience in the X-ray department of my hospital that on days like to day, with another busy 12hr shift, it would be impossible to do the work we do without the support we get from our HCAs.

There’s no such thing as “I’m just an HCA!” HCAs are an integral part of the team. Simple as that.

#TOTW from 13-03-15 – What Terry Pratchett said about death

This week saw “Death” come to collect Terry Pratchett, so my #TOTW has to be one which contained a number of things that both TP as himself and “Death” said:

What said about  

My favourite quote being:

I dare say that quite a few people have contemplated death for reasons that much later seemed to them to be quite minor. If we are to live in a world where a socially acceptable ‘early death’ can be allowed, it must be allowed as a result of careful consideration.

“Let us consider me as a test case. As I have said, I would like to die peacefully with Thomas Tallis on my iPod before the disease takes me over and I hope that will not be for quite some time to come, because if I knew that I could die at any time I wanted, then suddenly every day would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.

(Richard Dimbleby Lecture, 2010)

Couldn’t have put it better myself Sir Terry…but then words were – still are – his speciality!

Bon voyage TP!

#TOTW from 24-02-15 – ‘Children see a person not a disability’

Well, as I said the other week, i’m trying to tweet less and pick out the more interesting stories, articles snippets etc from the news. Less is more me thinks! As for this week’s #TOTW I have chosen a story that I feel is worth a further airing and hopefully a wider audience:

PLEASE TAKE 5 TO READ this great blog from ‘Children see a person not a disability’

“But with children it is different. There is a beautiful innocence through the eyes of a child. They see a person, not a syndrome,” says Caroline White, mother of a child with Down’s Syndrome. This is a beautiful piece about disability and how we, as adults have pre-conceived ideas and labels that children simply do not have.

Just 5 minutes of your time, and I would hope it puts a smile on your face and gets you to think about how you see and act around people with so-called “disabilities.”

Have a great week!