#TOTW from 20-11-16 ‘#BodyImage – #BeReal’


It affects everyone โ€“ all ages, both sexes – and starts young.

My #TOTW for this week relates to the issue of #BodyImage and the #BeReal campaign to raise awareness about it:

“…It affects everyone โ€“ all ages, both sexes…” I’ve only heard ads talking about girls though ๐Ÿ˜” @BeReal_Campaign http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk/the-campaign.html โ€ฆ

Why is it then that all I have heard on the radio are ads talking about how difficult it is for girls with all the messages they are bombarded with from the media and advertising? Now admittedly these are ads from just one of the contributors to the campaign, but they are from the founding partner, and so I would have hoped that their ads would be more inclusive and a more accurate reflection of the BeReal campaign itself. As it says in the above quote form the BeReal website, the campaign talks about how both sexes are affected by issue relating to body image. Why is it then that the ads going out from the founding partner appear to be favouring the impact on girls rather than boys? Surely this is projecting the wrong image and is negating any good that the campaign may be doing by highlighting the issue? Don’t get me wrong, what the campaign is trying to highlight is great, but unless I have managed to miss any ads from this founding partner that direct the message toward boys as well as girls, then I feel the BeReal campaign may itself be sending out the wrong message about #BodyImage.

Until next time, as ever, please #ReadLearnShare!




#TOTW from 17-11-16: ‘#TellItRight Start it Right’


I think this one got lost amongst the others last week, and it’s an important message so for my #TOTW i’m putting it out there once more to give people another chance to see it:

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“Prospective parents have reported feeling pressurised into a termination when being given a very pessimistic view of the life chances of someone with Downโ€™s syndrome.”

Please, as ever…#ReadLearnShare!


#TOTW (x 15) #EandDWeek – Spotlight on Equality & Diversity


Well another week goes by and yet another feature week draws to a close. I have recently taken responsibility for equality and diversity (E&D) in our department at work and have also joined ‘Equalise’ – the Society and College of Radiographers group that oversees matters relating to E&D. I have always had an interest in such matters, but only more recently decided to take an active role in educating myself – and hopefully others on E&D. As my regular followers amongst you will know, I frequently post on LGBTI+ matters, but in this feature week I wanted to cover other areas including disability and deaf awareness. Now I could have a feature week for each of the areas – age, race, religion, disability, LGBTI+ etc and maybe at some point in the future I will. However, the purpose of this week was to shine a light on E&D and hopefully provide some interesting links for people to read. I hope I have succeeded!

As per at the end of a feature week, below is all the content relating to the feature – that being #EandDWeek with the focus of matters relating to equality and diversity:

  • The law as it stands expects a gay man to refrain from sex for a year before being allowed to donate blood. #Equality? ๐Ÿ‘Ž #EandDWeek #LGBTI+ Huge thanks to @Mike_Fabricant for raising the “madness” that gay men cannot donate blood without 12 months celibacy in the House of Commons
  • To abuse a person due to their race, colour, religion or sexuality is a #HateCrime. Simple as that ๐Ÿ˜” #NoPlaceForHate #EandDWeek @SCoRMembers It’s #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek. Find out more about #hatecrime and how to report it: https://www.gov.uk/report-hate-crimeย #NoPlaceForHate
  • (2/2) Covered this pm were possible motions for the Annual Delegates Conference next April. ADC here I come! ๐Ÿ‘@SCoRMembers #EandDWeek
  • (1/2) @SCoRMembers #equalityanddiversity mtg over – a really interesting & productive one it was too! ๐Ÿ‘Thanks to @peterhiggs5 #EandDWeek
  • Topics covered so far at the meeting include the @SCoRMembers transgender guide, FGM, & mgmt awareness of #equalityanddiversity #EandDWeek
  • Meeting of Equalise – the @SCoRMembers group looking at matters relating to #equalityanddiversity is now in session! ๐Ÿ‘โ˜บ๏ธย #EandDWeek
  • On a ๐Ÿš„ waiting to depart at 0600hrs London-bound for a meeting on equality & diversity with fellow @SCoRMembers #BetterBeGood! ๐Ÿ˜‚ ย #EandDWeek
  • Tomorrow brings a new feature week, focussing on matters relating to equality & diversity. It shall be known as #EandDWeek ๐Ÿ‘@SCoRMembers


Until the next feature week then, please as ever…


Ben ๐Ÿ™‚


#TOTW from 05-10-16 ‘#Intersex: celebrating the beauty in difference.’


Here we are again folks, with yet another week having passed us by! This week i’m giving a second chance to my tweet from Wednesday about what it means to be intersex, and so my #TOTW is:

“…the immediate work to be done is to educate people on what it means to be .” +http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/intersex-celebrating-the-beauty-in-difference-a7339656.html


“Human bodies donโ€™t all fit the binary system of male and female. Itโ€™s not freaky, itโ€™s just something that happens. Itโ€™s nature.”

Now it is a long article, but one I feel is worth the effort. I enjoyed reading it, and came out the the other end of it knowing more than I did before!

Go on, give it a go! #ReadLearnShare

Ben x

#TOTW (x3) #WorldHeartDay


This week another chance to check out the tweets related to #WorldHeartDay, so 3 x #TOTW for the price of one:

It’s 12 mins long, but by watching it YOU could save someone’s life! ? ย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjeFkB7eaI#action=share

It’s important to be aware of the ? ย heart


Did you know the difference? I didn’t! ? share this image to raise awareness about the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrestheartdifference

Hopefully you’ll never need to put this knowledge into action, but one day you may just be able to save someone’s life if you take the time to take a look at it!

Please, please, please #ReadLearnShare!

Ben ๐Ÿ™‚

#TOTW (x10) ‘#AnatomyWeek’

Hey hey hey!

Long time no see! I’ve been away on me jollies so not had a #TOTW for a while! I know right!? Anyways, I thought i’d kick the new school year off with another of my theme weeks (even though i’ve graduated now and am no longer at school!). In previous weeks i’ve covered CPD, addiction, assisted dying, the Society of Radiographers and the NHS. This week I chose to shine the light on and have an #AnatomyWeek. As per, with my theme weeks, below is a summary of all my #AnatomyWeek tweets for your delectation:

  • anatomy
  • #FollowFriday for #AnatomyWeek is @Irr_Anatomist. A great resource for #anatomy via #histmed & #MedicalIllustration @SCoRMembersFrom ‘Tabulae Anatomicae’ by Bartholomeo Eustachi, 1783. ย @Irr_Anatomisthistmed
  • Just happened across this and had ta share. It’s sort of relevant to #AnatomyWeek! ๐Ÿ˜‚ @SCoRMembers Not every day one gets a card from students with such a thoughtful and witty personalised anatomical message. Moved. @DocMatthanseminal
  • Other websites are available, but this seems particularly good & it’s *FREE* ย http://www.anatomyzone.com/
  • How many @SCoRMembers know about muscle types, points of origin & insertion? Do we need to know? Should we know? #anatomy #CPD #AnatomyWeek




  • Interested in #anatomy? You’d do well to follow @PastMedHistory to receive Regular doses of #GraysAnatomy ๐Ÿ‘ Avit! #AnatomyWeek @SCoRMembers of the skull from 1918 edition of Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Vandyke Carter skull
  • It’s back to work for me tomorrow & time for another theme week so I have decided upon #AnatomyWeek @SCoRMembers


I hope you enjoyed the latest of my theme weeks, as I certainly enjoyed putting it together! In future theme weeks I will probably take a more in-depth look at some body parts/systems. Ah well, something for the future!

Take care and have fun learning! #ReadLearnShare

Ben ๐Ÿ™‚

#TOTW (x17) #MedShift is back!


I know I’m a few days late with this, but i’ve been enjoying my off duty – post #MedShift! As with the last time I did this, I thought it might be an idea to collate all my posts into a sort of journal, and so here they are…recorded yet again for posterity:

Thursday (1/4)

  • After off duty days it’s time to return to #MedShift with 4 long days, 1 x 10-8 shift today then 3 x 8-8 days #NotMyFavourite @SCoRMembers
  • Starting the day in #Outpatients – GP referrals & clinic follow-ups. Can be anything from head to toe! #BringItOn @SCoRMembers #Medshift
  • Time for an early tea then off to A&E for the final part of the #MedShift – quite often the busiest part of the day! #DeepJoy @SCoRMembers
  • #Medshift 1 of 4 done โœ… 3 more to go! Last part of the shift wasn’t all that bad thankfully. Hometime. Shower, tea n’ tele โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ @SCoRMembers


Friday (2/4)

  • Handover from nightshift โœ… Rooms cleaned โœ… Resus trolley checked โœ… Left AED to come to #Outpatients again #MedShift day 2 ๐Ÿ‘ @SCoRMembers
  • Am in #FractureClinic this morning and just been shown how to do a standing axial calcaneum โœ… #EverydayASchoolDay #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • #MedShift ends with a #traumacall – no plain film imaging required as patient going to CT! Handover to nightshift โœ… Hometime! โœ… @SCoRMembers


Saturday (3/4)

  • #MedShift 3/4 underway & it’s the weekend so running X-Ray’s from AED. Inpatients, mobiles, theatres the lot! #SeeWhatGives! โœ… @SCoRMembers
  • Halfway through the #MedShift, just finished lunch & theatre have called – just an MUA today โœ… Off I go! ๐Ÿ‘ @SCoRMembers #ChangeOfScenery
  • Straight from the MUA to another theatre & an emergency pacing – not done one of those in a while #BitRusty ๐Ÿ˜ฑ โœ… #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • Home at last, after a long #MedShift! Lots of portables today. ITU, amongst others keeping us busy, as per usual! ๐Ÿ›€ time! โœ… @SCoRMembers


Sunday (4/4)

  • Tired only scratches the surface of how I feel 2day ๐Ÿ˜ด Let’s hope a large brew & 3 x Weetabix enable me to get to #MedShift 4/4 @SCoRMembers
  • Couple of knees โœ… couple of portable chests โœ… resus trolley checked โœ… #MedShift 4/4 well & truely underway! @SCoRMembers
  • 2 patients, 2 fractures. One the worst fracture I’ve ever seen, the other just a minor one. Shaping up to be a varied #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • Back from theatre – 2 x MUAs โœ… Time to do the processing from the day’s theatre cases (x5) – #RealitiesOfTheJob #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • Head-to-toe X-rays โœ… Portables โœ… Trauma Calls โœ… Theatre โœ… #MedShift complete! Now for some off duty days! ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ#OverAndOut @SCoRMembers


Monday (off-duty)

  • The โ˜€๏ธ is shining, yet I still feel like I have a hangover – without the headache! Thankfully no #MedShift today! ๐Ÿ˜‚ #shattered @SCoRMembers


The great thing about doing this is the interaction I get from my tweets, as well as me being able to share things about what it’s really like to be an allied health professional.

You certainly don’t learn this kind of stuff from a textbook!

I hope you enjoyed. Until the next time.

Ben ๐Ÿ™‚

#TOTW from 11-08-16 ‘#itsoktotalk’


Well, what a week last week was with the Olympics?! Most of my tweets were Rio-related, but one that wasn’t, got lost, so here it is again:

“Try to talk, itโ€™s not weak whatsoever to talk.” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/10/luke-ambler-itsokaytotalk-halve-male-suicides

“On average, 12 men killed themselves every day in 2014. Ambler believes that many had nowhere to speak about their issues without fear of being chastised or judged for having mental health problems.”

This is a truly horrific statistic.

This week’s message is simple. Guys…#itsoktotalk, so please do! Remember, “Try to talk, itโ€™s not weak whatsoever to talk.”



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


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 โ€˜ on clinical placementโ€™ ย 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 ย 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!


Thank you!

Ben ๐Ÿ™‚


#TOTW (x26!) #MedShift


This week, after securing the relevant permissions form my boss and the communications people at work, I finally took the plunge and joined the increasing number of health professionals that are using #MedShift. I was a tad wary of using it to start with to be honest ย – and still am, come to that – because of the obvious issues relating to confidentiality and such like. However, this week when I was on nights I decided to tentatively dip my toes in the #MedShift ocean and below I have collated the results:

Night 1 of 4

  • 1 of 4: Handover from day shift – no outstanding portables, equipment OK(ish) I’m on 2000-0800. Let’s do this! ๐Ÿฅ
  • Halfway through the and after a challenging trauma patient it’s now time for a break – and relax ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿฅ
  • Urgent portable req. for ward pt. vs. need for a CXR on ITU – 1 radiographer available – solution? Call ITU & OK to wait โœ… ๐Ÿฅ
  • Trauma calls, portables throughout the hospital, usual A&E patients & just 1 minor issue to handover to day shift. Job done! โœ… ๐Ÿฅ
  • Home safe ๐Ÿ  โ˜บ๏ธ Shower, tea, toast, and some tele to unwind, thence ta bed for this ‘r ๐Ÿฅ 1 down, 3 to go! ๐Ÿ‘ Night peops! ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ’ค


Night 2 of 4

  • Great start to 2 of 4 – left the imaging detector on a patient’s trolley and had to go retrieve it from A&E! Oops! ๐Ÿฅ

  • Back from another trauma call – car vs. pedestrian, no plain films required โœ… as patient going to CT for scan ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿฅ
  • This is the time in a when you just want to be at home in bed ๐Ÿ˜• Not long to go thankfully! โœ… ๐Ÿฅ
  • ๐Ÿ  sweet ๐Ÿ ! 2 down & 2 to go! ๐Ÿ‘ After the necessary ablution & food it will be time 4 the best part of a – BEDTIME! โœ… ๐Ÿฅ


Night 3 of 4

  • A splash of Issey Miyake and I’m good to go! 3 of 4 here I go! ๐Ÿฅ (Other EDTs are available! ๐Ÿ˜‚)
  • Off on my first portable of the shift – elderly male too unwell to come down to the department. Not uncommon on a ๐Ÿฅ
  • Another chest/abdo request! Prob the most common combination imaging request! Male, abdo pain, vomiting, obstruction, query perf ๐Ÿฅ
  • Back from another portable – this time an elderly lady with difficulty breathing & definitely too unwell to come down to dept ๐Ÿฅ
  • Into the “golden hour” – the final hour of the ๐Ÿ‘โœ… Soon be time for ๐Ÿ  & ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค after this ๐Ÿฅ
  • When you get home & realise there are chunks of the journey you just don’t remember – not good ๐Ÿ˜” Just 1 more to go โœ… ๐Ÿฅ


Night 4 of 4

  • The ‘Q’ word is something we don’t mention – a bit like the Scottish play ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿฅ
  • Last & I’ve yet to do probably the 2nd most common combo of foot&ankle – most unusual! ๐Ÿฅ
  • Preparations for departure! 4 of 4 done! Hope you’ve enjoyed my first foray into โœ…๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜ด L8rs!!!hometime

So there you have it – a set of nights in a nutshell. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed taking a look at them to get a glimpse of what it’s like as a radiographer on nightshift. I’ll continue to use #MedShift as and when, but I don’t intend to tweet every shift, all shift! It’s more to give an insight into the work we do – as not everyone knows what a radiographer is and does ๐Ÿ™‚

Hopefully newly qualified radiographers can also get an idea of what lies ahead when they start on shift!

Oh well, as ever, feedback always appreciated!

Ben ๐Ÿ™‚