July #TOTM from 06-07-16 ‘#Bullying on clinical placement’

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Now it only comes round once a month, so you’d think i’d be able to manage it wouldn’t you? However, since I started using #TOTM (Tweet of the month) i’ve rarely managed to actually produce one!

Anyways, for July I want to highlight something that I believe is very important, and that is the issue of bullying which takes place whilst students are on clinical placement:

from 06-07-16 ‘ on clinical placement’  https://radiographerben.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/totw-from-06-07-16-bullying-on-clinical-placement/

If you take a look at my blog from back then, you’ll see how it highlights the results of a survey run by the Society of Radiographers of students and their experiences of bullying whilst on clinical placement. With the headline figure that more than 60% of those asked felt they had been subjected to some degree of bullying, it makes for pretty grim reading. I also tweeted another article in July in relation to the student experience on clinical placement:

Excellent article from in July edn. of I&TP on student support during clinical placement  bullying

Both the survey and the above article demonstrate the importance of providing students with the best possible experience of our profession whilst they are with us in hospitals up and down the country learning how to become the next generation of radiographers. If we provide them with a negative experience, then what’s to say that they won’t go on and behave in a similar way when the time comes for them to pass on their knowledge?

If you read both these articles the first time around then thank you. If you haven’t seen them before, then please spare just a few moments of your time to catch up on the message they are trying to get across and if you can, share this with your colleagues!

#ReadLearnShare

Thank you!

Ben 🙂

 

#TOTM from 12-01-16: ‘Ok, so it’s an ad for Samsung…’

Hey, hey, hey!

Long time no blog, I know! I’ve been away on me holidays and busy with an assignment for my postgrad, but I thought I should kick things off with a #TOTM for January:

A great demonstration of how learning a little sign language can make a big difference.

It’s a retweet of a tweet from @BritishSignBSL and I just think it’s a great ad. So, no i’m not advocating or endorsing the use of Samsung products, but I am praising Samsung for an ad that will hopefully make you smile – or even cry, as it did me! As it says when you click on the link, it’s not British sign language, but you get the message – hopefully! Now it’s only a few minutes, so please click on the link and watch the video – if you haven’t already seen it that is!

Once i’ve got my postgrad out the way in a few months time i’m going to be “signing” (pun intended!) up to British Sign Language’s online ‘Introducing BSL‘ course:

http://www.british-sign.co.uk/learn-online-british-sign-language-course/

Learning some BSL is something that i’ve wanted to do for many years now and I figure it’s time I pull my finger out and start using it to communicate – in an appropriate manner naturally!

Have a look and maybe sign-up yourself!

It’s good to be back – I hope you agree!

Ben 🙂

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

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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

 

November’s #TOTM from 29/11 ‘Terms of endearment’

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The biggest response I had from tweets/posts this month was to do with the use of terms of endearment with patients, so the winner of November’s #TOTM award goes to…

from 24-11-15 ‘Terms of endearment’

No need for me to go over the same stuff here again, but suffice as to say i’ve been discussing this with colleagues since my original tweet and I haven’t changed how I interact with my patients! I would certainly be interested to do some research into this subject, but that will have to wait until the postgrad is finished next Spring!

For those of you that have already clicked on the link and read my original post, then thanks for popping by again! For those that are seeing it for the first time, then please feel free to drop me a line and give me your opinions and experiences!

Only one more #TOTM to go until my very first #TOTY!

Ben 🙂

World Radiography Day 2015

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wrd_2015_logo_web

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:

https://radiographerben.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-radiographer/

October’s #TOTM from 09-10-15 ‘Breast cancer is not just a female thing guys’

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I’ve just had a trawl through last month’s tweets and there is one I want to pick out for another airing as it’s such an important message:

is not just a female thing guys

You might not have known it was…*IS*…possible for blokes to get breast cancer, so please, just spare a few minutes to click on the link and find out how to examine yourselves. It’s not just your balls you have to play with!

CHECK YOURSELF REGULARLY!

Over and out.

September #TOTM from 13-09-15 “#TOTW (x13!) Assisted Dying Week”

Ciao!

A little late due to me being on nights this last week, but there was only really one candidate for the title of September’s #TOTM and here it is:

https://radiographerben.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/totw-x13-assisted-dying-week/

I don’t really need to say anything else, as it’s all in the link!

If you didn’t catch it at the time then take a look now and see what it was all about!

Ben 🙂

#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

https://radiographerben.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/totw-x3-radiographers-and-some/

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!

Cheers!

Ben

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

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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!

Simples!

#TOTM from 10-05-15 “#SoR WEEK”

Hey, hey, hey!

Welcome to my very first #TOTM or as you have probably already guessed “Tweet Of The Month!” On the first day of each new month I will be selecting a tweet from the previous month that stands out for me as one of my favourites. It might be an existing #TOTW as in this case, it might be a favourite, or it might even be a tweet that after trawling through my month’s worth of tweets I re-discovered and felt it deserved a chance!

Anyways, here it is, my #TOTM from May:

http://wp.me/p4r8be-4j

I hope it gives you another opportunity to take a look at some of the great work that the Society of Radiographers and it’s members do. There are a growing number of us, along with other allied health professionals that are trying to make the most of social media to keep in touch and to share knowledge, whilst in the meantime having fun in the process!

Thanks for all your continued support. I hope you continue to get in touch, like, share, and follow me and my endeavours!

Here’s to June and all it brings…other than my 40th birthday that is!

Ben 🙂