#TOTW: 31-12-15 ‘Care workers are woefully undervalued’

Hello, good evening and welcome to 2016!

It may have been a tweet from 2015, but that’s still only last week! I’ve already subjected you to a #TOTM in this last week, so today is just a quick one to maintain the regular flow and rhythm of things in the blog-o-sphere! I just wanted to shed some more attention on a rather well-written article from a care worker, and so my #TOTW is:

“Society doesn’t see care work as a challenging vocation, but rather as form of domestic service.”

Read it for yourself and form your own opinion. I for my part believe there is a good deal of truth in what the author has to say.

Simple message. Simple blog.

Ben.

 

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#TOTW from 23-12-15: ‘Cardiac arrests have warning symptons’

Ciao!

Hope you all had a good time over the festive season? Worked on Christmas day myself, but at least i’m off for new year!

More of a public service announcement this week as I have chosen the following for my #TOTW:

Chest pains? Shortness of breath? Don’t bury your head in the sand – better to be safe than…

“By the time the 911 call is made, it’s much too late for at least 90 per cent of people,” said Dr. Sumeet Chugh of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, who led the study. “There’s this window of opportunity that we really didn’t know existed.”

Read on to find out more. It’s only a very short article so won’t take you long and could save a life! Now that’s got to be worth 5 minutes of your time right?

Ben 🙂

#TOTW (x6!) “NHS Week”

Welcome to my first “feature week” on radiographerben!

You should all know by now the things I tweet about (The NHS, Dementia, Assisted Dying/Suicide, End of Life Care etc) so this week I decided to introduce a theme to provide a focus for my tweets – that being “#NHSWEEK.” This gave me the opportunity to share with you various websites, articles, documents etc that hopefully helped introduce you to some facts about the NHS that you didn’t know. So instead of 1 #TOTW, this week you get 6 for the price of 1:

1. Check out this amazing resource from on the timeline of the from 1942 to the present day

2. Check out this short video and read about the changes to how the is run since April 2015

3. *VIDEO* (<2mins) UK’s newest hospital set to open later in Glasgow

4. Have you ever heard of the ? Do you know what it says? Click on this link to check it out

5. Do you know who are? What they do? If not, checkout this short animation

6. Article from on next phase of reforms to way care to be provided

I hope that you managed to check out at least 1 or more of these during the week, but I thought it would be a good idea to collate them all here so that you can more easily see the topics that I covered, hopefully giving you a taste of the NHS and the massive organisation that it is. I had, and still have no intention to tweet about the politics of the NHS. That is not really what my blogging is about (on the whole!)

I certainly enjoyed putting together this new feature and the tweets therein, and I very much hope that those of you that take the time and make the effort to read my tweets and/or blog have also taken at least some pleasure from so doing!

Thank you, as always and I hope you enjoy the week ahead…”#SoRWEEK

That’s all folks!

#TOTW from 01-04-15 ‘The humble hospital gown is a metaphor for how we can transform the NHS’

It’s like we had a great flight, but the airports at either end were awful,” said one patient of their experience of going into hospital for surgery.

As per the norm, my weekly blogette is intended to be ingested within about 5 minutes, thus allowing you to return to whatever it was you were doing beforehand!

As you should already know by now I am quite passionate about patient care and all things to do with making the patient experience as stressless as possible, so when I happened across this short article this week I just had to share…and share again as my #TOTW:

The humble is a metaphor for how we can transform the

Damon Kamming, a consultant ­anaesthetist at University College London hospitals, writes about his experience as a patient when he found himself on the other side of the fence:

Patient feedback provides invaluable intelligence and insightful ideas about how to improve care and redesign services. Patients are our greatest assets for quality improvement – and we need to ask their help to better the care we deliver. Partnering with patients to improve their experience is the only way we will understand what matters most to our patients and how we can make things better.”

Simple, but effective in terms of patient care, and at the end of the day, that’s the business we are in…caring for patients!

#TOTW (from 18-12-14) ‘Amputees get new lease of life from pioneering prosthetics centre’

This week’s #TOTW comes 12hrs earlier than usual seeing as i’ll be at work this evening when i’d normally publish it. It’s a special offer this week 2-4-1, as I have tweeted twice about prosthetics, once just earlier this morning! As I find it a fascinating area of healthcare, and there appears to be lots of great work being done at the minute in the field of prosthetics, I just wanted to provide another opportunity to take a look at these links and give you the chance to learn more about what it is that is being done to help those who have lost limbs, whether it be in combat or through industrial accidents, or however.

‘Amputees get new lease of life from pioneering centre

“There’s nothing I can’t do,” says Carberry (a 47-year-old former forklift truck driver – who had his below-knee amputation in May 2013 after an industrial accident who wants to compete in a triathlon). “I run, I swim, jump over walls and take part in fitness challenges involving lifting tyres, because they have the specialist knowledge and staff here to make the tiny adjustments I need to keep my socket healthy.”

…and

VIDEO: ‘Bespoke designed with motion capture’ 

Here, @BBCClick take a look at the work of The Royal British Legion’s Centre for Blast Injury Studies and how bone and muscle function can be monitored and used to design better prostheses for those in need of them.

Enjoy!

#TOTW (from: 29-09-14) ‘Elderly patients denied the right care, surgeons warn’

Back to one of my most favoured topics this week – care of the elderly – with this #TOTW:

Elderly patients denied the right care, surgeons warn

A poll by the Royal College of Surgeons that found many of it’s members believe the care given to the elderly after discharge from hospital is inadequate:

“Clare Marx, the President of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said too many frail and confused elderly patients were being left bewildered by equipment they did not know how to use, and lists of telephone numbers to organise their own help. She said the failings appear to be fuelling soaring levels of patients being readmitted to hospital as an emergency case.”

“There is a lot of confusion, often with older people, and those with dementia, if they don’t have someone to advocate for them and make sure they get the care they need,” she said.

Clearly if this is the case then it is completely unacceptable. More support needs to be put in place for those that don’t have friends or family around to be able to help out. Surely this is where we would see benefits from the proposals to combine health and social care?!

Joined-up thinking…or simply common sense?!

Let me know what you think!

#TOTW (from 22-07-2014): ‘Wireless monitor ‘relieves pressure’ on nursing staff’

Afternoon all!

A technology-based #TOTW this time round:

‘Wireless monitor ‘relieves pressure’ on nursing staff’ via

Basically, it’s a small device incorporated into a patch that is stuck on the patient’s chest to monitor blood pressure, temperature and heart rate.

“A study in the British Medical Journal in 2012 concluded that nearly 12,000 deaths in hospitals in England had been preventable. It said clinical monitoring had been a problem in nearly a third of these deaths. Independent experts say we are witnessing the start of a revolution in wearable technology, with great potential benefits in healthcare.”

I don’t really have a great deal to say other than I wanted to take the opportunity to put this out there again, and that I think it sounds like a great idea. Concerns have been raised over their use and it’s been argued that there is no substitute for having sufficient levels of nursing staff on a ward, but these are not to replace staff, merely to help existing staff focus more on their patients.

Dr Peter Carter of the Royal College of Nursing said new technology could be very helpful in alerting nurses and doctors to a patient who was starting to deteriorate – but he also expressed a note of caution. “Anything which helps that process has to be a good thing,” he said. “However, we also know that there is no substitute for having enough staff with the right level of skill on every ward, able to give each and every patient the care and attention that critically ill people need.”

Apparently, the British manufacturers of the device are looking into developing the patch to enable it to also monitor a patient’s oxygen levels, this making it even more useful.

Take a look – this is a good news story! 😀

#TOTW (from 15-06-14): ‘Hospital patients to get named doctor’

This week’s #TOTW is:

‘Hospital patients to get named doctor’ via

To me this is not something that is new and a good idea, and wouldn’t it be nice to have. To have a named doctor who is responsible for your care in hospital, and someone that you have met and can talk to about your care, or the care of a relative/loved one is a fundamental right. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges was asked by the Government to draw up guidelines following the Francis Report into the scandal at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust:

http://www.midstaffspublicinquiry.com/report

To have a “The Name over the Bed” of your senior doctor is one of the suggestions from their report:

http://www.aomrc.org.uk/general-news/academy-publishes-guidelines-on-responsible-consultant-clinician-the-name-over-the-bed.html

There’s not really much to say about this, other than it should be implemented as soon as possible, as it goes to the heart of patient care and maintaining patient dignity in hospital. Patients have the right to know who is responsible for their care in order to help them feel that they are not just one of many on a list (which of course in one respect they are), but that they do have someone who is overseeing the care they are receiving. Patients meet many people during a stay in hospital, and knowing peoples names is an absolute basic, as I have tweeted and blogged about before in relation to the #hellomynameis campaign.

So to all the health professionals out there, please, please, please continue to introduce yourself to your patients, and explain to them who you are and what you are doing. It’s such a simple thing to do, yet one that can make such a big difference to how patients feel.

That’s it for this week, see you next week! Who knows what the topic will be about this time next week…I certainly don’t!

#TOTW (from 04-06-14): ‘It’s not all doom and gloom in the NHS’

This week was a difficult choice to make, but in the end I decided to go with:

‘It’s not all doom and gloom for the NHS’ via

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/jun/04/not-doom-gloom-nhs

All too often the NHS is criticised for being under-resourced and over-worked, which of course it is and always will be! I don’t believe there will ever be a time in which we could stand back and say right, we have enough staff and there is plenty of money in the budget! Let’s just learn to accept this and praise the NHS for the great institution that it is, and the amazing work that is done day in, day out by so many people.

Listen to Rob Webster’s (Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation) conference speech here:

http://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2014/06/protect-nhs-funding-for-the-next-decade-says-nhs-confederation-chief

So, whatever your views on the NHS, how it performs and how it should be funded in the future, just remember how lucky we are to have such a service here in the UK and not to take it for granted!

Bring on the next week of tweeting!

Watch this space…

Welcome to my new website 😀

Over the coming days, weeks and months, I intend to start sharing my thoughts and opinions a bit more on the matters I have been tweeting/retweeting and posting on up until now. For those of you that are kindly already following me on Twitter (@radiographerben) or have liked my FaceBook Community page of the same name, then thank you! Please share my Twitter/FaceBook/Website details with your friends and colleagues and anyone else that you think might be interested in the kind of topics I have been covering up to now.

My main interests cover areas such as patient-care, communication, dementia, care of the elderly, all things A&E (including access to services and the trauma radiography itself), end-of- life care, mental health, education and learning. This is by no means an exhaustive list!

I would welcome feedback on the content of my website as it develops over the coming months, and am open to suggestions about further topics to cover and comment on. Please feel free to get involved and get in touch!

And remember…

“It’s not just about bones!”