Hey, hey, hey!

Can you guess where i’ve been today then? Seeing as i’ve tweeted quite a few times throughout the day about it then i’m sure those that also follow me on Twitter will be well aware i’ve spent the day in Liverpool at the United Kingdom Radiological Congress, otherwise referred to as #UKRC2016:


What a great day its been! From sitting down at 0810hrs to listen to speakers talk about the latest techniques and protocols in trauma radiology, to why and how we can improve the standing of the radiography profession through research. I thoroughly enjoyed the day looking at all the posters and attending the talks. There is just so much to learn and take back to my department! Below you will find all my tweets from today, and as the first one shows, the highlight of the day for me was meeting one of my fellow #SoMe type people @jstjohnmatthews, or Janice, as she is indeed more than just a Twitter handle now!

The whole day has just got me totally pumped up and enthusiastic about doing so many things. I’m realistic enough to know that I won’t get stuck into all of them, but at least I have no excuses as to not having things to be getting on with – now that i’ve completed my postgrad!

I just have to decide where to begin!


Ben 🙂

Home after a great day ! Highlight has to be meeting up with ukrc_home


Last session of the day ‘Where’s the evidence – research…’ ukrc_lastsession


Here we go! Professional use of ukrc_SoMe


in ukrc_EI


Next up is ‘Education development & controversies’ to see talk about

Oh well, coffee on the go and off to in RM3B Anyone else going to this one?

Hi ho! hi ho! It’s off to I go! Hopefully to meet up with some of my fellow types!


#TOTW from 08-03-16 ‘Woman shares photo of dimples on breast to raise awareness of cancer symptoms’

G’day Folks!

How are we all? As a follow-up to last week’s blog about how *NOT* to use social media, I thought it would be good this week to highlight a story about how *TO* use #SoMe and so my #TOTW this week is:

“Some people think breast cancer is just a lump, but in fact that is not true, it can present itself in other ways” Woman shares photo of dimples on breast to raise awareness of cancer symptoms via

For all the criticism that social media comes in for, it does have many positive uses. Those people that choose to share information about their private lives in such a way as this i.e. for the benefit of others should be praised and applauded, not derided. Like any media in life, whatever form it takes, if used appropriately it can be done so for the greater good. Unfortunately the doctor I mentioned in last week’s #TOTW chose to use social media for negative and mean-spirited purposes. This story shows that when used positively it can also save lives…literally.

Thanks for reading! Please share this with your friends and family. It only has to be seen by one person and you never know how much good it might do!

#SoMe rocks!


#TOTW from 02-03-16 ‘How *NOT* to use #SoMe’

Evenin’ all!

For those of you that haven’t come across the term #SoMe before – those of you that haven’t been following my blog before now that is – then it’s short for #SocialMedia. So the title and topic of this week’s #TOTW is:

You’d think someone in his position would have a bit more sense…clearly not! How *NOT* to use

Now you would think, or at least hope that someone in this doctor’s position would have a bit more common sense and may be a bit more ‘media-savvy,’ however it would appear not to be the case! Of course if he has those beliefs and opinions then that’s fine, so long as he keeps them to himself. Given that he is a consultant in a position of responsibility, then this is clearly not acceptable behaviour and he should indeed receive at the very least a good ticking off from his professional body. I would also hope he be booked on a course to teach him how to use #SoMe responsibly!

For those of us in healthcare that choose to use #SoMe to keep in touch with fellow professionals it is important to remember that what we put out there is going into the public domain for anyone and everyone to see – regardless of how tightly you think you have your privacy settings locked down! It is worth looking up to see if your employer has a policy on #SoMe. If you work for the NHS then chances are they will have. Download it, read it, and take note! You, and you alone are responsible for what you put out there. If you are still unsure as to what you should or perhaps more importantly, shouldn’t be publishing via #SoMe, then there is plenty of material available online for you to #GoLearn!

And remember…#SoMe should and can be fun as well as using it for your continuing professional development!

That’s ya lot for this week folks!

Benjamin S.


#TOTW from 16-02-16 “People don’t understand that mental is physical”

Hey folks!

Slightly earlier than usual this week as i’m on nights – again – from tonight! I’ve covered quite a wide range of topics this last week, including FGM, CFS, sepsis, transgender and cancer. However, I have decided to use my #TOTW to highlight mental health:

“People don’t understand that mental is physical”

If you didn’t see my tweet or catch the interview on BBC Breakfast, then take a quick look now – it’s only a short clip, but Ruby Wax hits the nail on the head when she says that, “People don’t understand that mental is physical.” I’ve tweeted about mental health so many times since I began started using #SoMe, and although undoubtedly things are improving in terms of getting the message out there, it still remains that on the whole we are far more accepting of someone with their arm or leg in plaster than we are of someone whose mental health is “broken.”

What can we do to change this? We can continue to talk about it! We can talk amongst our friends, and we can – as I do – reach out to a wider circle of friends and associates by use of social media and any other ways in which we can try and redress the imbalance between how we view physical and mental health. They are one and the same, so let’s start treating them as such.

As always, thanks for listening…those few of you that do!

Ben 🙂

2015 – my blogging year in review

Happy new year folks!

Apparently the busiest day of the year for visits to my blog was a year ago today with my post ‘A day in the life of a radiographer.’ Also my most commented on post was the one I wrote about #TipsForNewRads in relation to theatre work.

I will try and come up with some more original work this year to go with my weekly blogs!

Thanks for following, visiting, commenting or however it is you interact with me!

Stay tuned this year and let’s see what happens!



Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

#TOTM from 02-12-15 ‘Dealing with PTSD has made me even stronger.’


Before I head out for a few scoops to say goodbye to 2015 and welcome in the new year, it’s time for the last blog of 2015!

It’s that time of the month when I look back through all my #SoMe posts and pick one to highlight for the month. This month i’m not choosing a #TOTW but rather a tweet that I just wanted to put out there one more time. So for my final #TOTM of 2015 I chose:

‘People can see a broken leg; people can’t necessarily pinpoint the signs of a mental illness’

It contains one of the lines that has stuck with me the most from all that I have tweeted about this year,People can see a broken leg; people can’t necessarily pinpoint the signs of a mental illness.‘ This is so true. Mental health is often not as visible to the onlooker as a broken limb in plaster. However, this doesn’t mean the person is suffering any less. Just because they aren’t bandaged, or in plaster, or have a sign around their neck saying “I’m suffering from poor mental health,” doesn’t make it any less real.

Please remember this. You *will* know someone who is suffering with mental health problems, but whether or not you are aware of what they are going through is another thing.

Just be yourself and be there for them if they ask for help.

I wish you all good mental health and hopefully a happy new year!

I’ll be back!

Ben x


World Radiography Day 2015



Happy World Radiography Day or #WRD2015 if we’re talking in the language of #SoMe! This is the day that every year we celebrate the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. Thanks Wil!

There’s no #TOTW this week as I just wanted to mark this special day – and my 3000th tweet – with a thank you for the support all my followers have given me since I started tweeting as radiographerben back in December 2014! Some of my friends and colleagues in the world of radiography manage to blog more frequently – and in most cases, more eloquently than I – but I would like to think that my short blog entries on a weekly basis are finding homes on the smartphones, tablets and computers of my followers! I would love to have more interaction with my followers and others who just happen across my tweets and blogs. Please if you do already follow me then feel free to contact me via my blog or my Twitter @radiographerben and if you’re just passing through, then drop me a line and say hi!

I like to use my tweets and blogs both for myself in terms of my continuing professional development, and for the education/delectation of any of you that might be interested in the things I talk about. There are many subjects that I am passionate about (dementia, FGM, end-of-life issues, patient care, gender identity, the use of social media to promote and educate, antibiotic resistance and mental health to name several!) and I enjoy sharing this passion via the medium of social media, in my case, Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. I feel extremely privileged and very lucky to have built up the following that I have and sincerely thank each and every one of you that take the time to look at what I publish.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here’s to the next 3000 tweets!

Ben 🙂

PS Seeing as it is #WRD2015 and I and my fellow #SoMe enthusiasts are doing our best to inform our followers and those that are interested as to what we as radiographers do, here’s a link to my blog from back in January of this year on what I, as a diagnostic radiographer do on a typical 12hr shift:


#TOTW (x13!) Assisted Dying Week

Hey Folks!

Well as it has been #AssistedDyingWeek, there isn’t a single #TOTW but instead a whole week’s worth to highlight (see below).

Where to begin?

Well, I am hugely disappointed at the result of the vote in the House of Commons. However, this Bill was never going to make it any further really as it did not have the support of the Government. I was surprised at how many MPs did vote against it though. I understand that they were allowed to vote as a matter of conscience, but I thought it was an MP’s role to reflect the thoughts and views of their electorate – the vast majority of whom support the calls for progress toward some form of law governing Assisted Dying. Merely sweeping this issue under the carpet for another 5 years will not give the country what it needs in relation to Assisted Dying. If those MPs that were so against the Bill felt it was poorly written and in need of further safeguards, then the right thing to do would have been to vote YES and to send the Bill through to the next stage. Here it would have been scrutinised line by line, where there would have been plenty of opportunity for further debate and discussion on the law, both as it stands and how it may look in the future. Simply to dismiss it out of hand with some of the ill-thought out language used by some of the MPs was a great shame. It was a sad day for our democracy, when the people that were elected to represent our views, got it so badly wrong, being so out of touch with the people that put them there in the first place.

This is of course a setback, but the fight for a change in the law relating to Assisted Dying will go on. What this Bill has done is to get lots of publicity for the issue and to really bring it out into the open. This is what is needed. I believe that this issue is of such fundamental importance that it should be put to the people of this country in a referendum. If MPs are unable to move this forward then the public should be given the opportunity to decide. Surely there can’t be anything much more important than how people choose to end the lives and the support they can and should be given at such a time. If we are going to be having a referendum on an issue such as Britain’s continued membership of the European Union, then surely the matter of how and when we choose to die would merit such a similar show of public involvement?

I hope that I haven’t bombarded you all with too many tweets on the issue this week, it’s just that this is a matter that I feel very strongly about, and will continue to highlight as the fight for a change in the law goes on!

Thank you for all the favourites/likes/retweets etc this last week and for getting involved. It’s been a while since I had a feature week like this, and I enjoyed putting it all together!

If you feel strongly about this issue, then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Write to your MP, join a campaign group, get involved! The law will not get changed unless we fight for it!

Thanks again!

Ben 🙂

  1. It’s great to see so many people using to follow the debate on ! This is what is needed – debate, not inaction!
  2. This Bill does not de-value life, far from it. It values quality of life & choice
  3. – Have you contacted your MP to see if they are attending today’s debate. Mine is and I have tweeted her.
  4. – Beautifully, and soundly-written article in support of the right to choose
  5. – “An “assisted dying” law sends the message that, if you are terminally ill…”
  6. “…taking your own life is something for you to consider….” AND SO IT SHOULD BE!!!
  7. – This letter, written by a Doctor, to me says why we *should* allow debate on this
  8. “More thought needs to go into amending the bill further and looking at the practicalities of how assisted dying could be implemented.”
  9. – Some Doctors say that current ‘ law is dangerous and cruel’
  10. – Welby urges MPs: reject right-to-die bill that ‘crosses the Rubicon’
  11. – Former chief prosecutor says laws must change to allow people to die
  12. – ‘ leaves vulnerable at risk’
  13. With the 2nd reading of ‘s Bill due on Friday, I’m having an

#TOTM from 02-08-15 ‘Radiographers and #SoMe’

Here we are again folks!

I’m on holiday in Edinburgh for a few days, so it’s a very short #TOTM this time round! I’ve had a trawl through my tweets from August and decided this one to be my favourite!

#TOTW (x3) Radiographers and #SoMe | radiographerben


For me it just sums up the current buzz around the use of #SoMe by radiographers and other allied health professionals. This year has seen an explosion in it’s use, with exciting developments such as the introduction of #MedRadJClub, a truly international online journal club for radiographers.

Oh well, it’s time to head off to Harvey Nicks for a cocktail. I’m a firm believer in the importance of quality downtime when off duty!



#TOTW, #TTT, #14TW, #4PUF & #TOTM – What are they all?


I’ve been away the weekend having a much needed spot of r n’ r down in my former university town of Aberystwyth! So as well as being a day later than usual, this week i’m just showing what all my #‘s are about for all my new followers – of which i’ve been lucky enough to get 23 in the last week alone!

I have 3 regular weekly tweets and 2 monthly tweets:

#TOTW or ‘Tweet Of The Week’ – is when I look back on the week’s tweets/retweets and pick something from amongst them, thus giving it another chance to gain the light of publicity! Usually i’ll do this on a Sunday +/- a day!

#TTT or ‘Ted Talk Tuesday’ – is when I pick a TED Talk, usually related to the things I tweet about, although occasionally not. There are so may interesting TED Talks available, it’s often hard to pick one!

#14TW or ‘One For The Weekend’ – is where I post either a photo, video or a link to a story that I think is fun or interesting and NOT related to my usual tweeting content.

#TOTM or ‘Tweet Of The Month’ – is something i’ve only done a couple of times now – purely because i’ve forgotten to do it! It may or may not be one of the #TOTWs from the month. I may just pick one of the tweets that I feel got missed and I want to highlight the issue again.

#4PUF or ‘Four Previously Untweeted Favourites‘ – I favourite tweets all the time, whether as a form of ‘like’ or just to bookmark them to return to later. I don’t always end up retweeting them. On the last Sunday of each month I aim to pick a tweet that I have favourited from each week of the month and retweet it.

So there you have it! It’s not difficult to follow. I just wanted to give my new followers an idea of what the regular #‘s mean. Feedback and comments are always welcome! Welcome to my new followers, I hope you enjoy my tweets and or blogs, and thank you to my existing followers who continue to read, retweet and share my blog with others. I literally would not be doing this without all your support!