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.


#TOTW from 31-10-15 ‘FGM reporting law comes into force’


Another good week with 11 new followers on Twitter. Haven’t had any new followers on here for a while unfortunately! Ah well, can’t have it all!

This week – yesterday in fact – saw the introduction of a new law that means allied health professionals, teachers, doctors and the like are duty-bound to report instances of Female Genital Mutilation or FGM as is is commonly known. My #TOTW therefore, is:

Calling all reporting law comes into force

If you don’t know what FGM is and are in one of the above professions, then click on the link and find out out a bit more about it. Even if you’re not in one of the above-mentioned professions and are interested in learning a bit more about the subject then go take a look! There are many instances of FGM covered in the media these days and it would be great if more people were aware of the practice and the ways in which the international community is trying to eliminate it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this far!

Until the next time…

Ben 🙂

#TOTW from 24-05-15 ‘Connect, learn, educate, reflect and inspire’

Evenin’ all!

Short and sweet today as i’m up against it with an essay deadline! This week’s #TOTW is actually a retweet, and one that I only retweeted today! I just feel that it encapsulates the reasons I am on Twitter and why I feel more of my fellow radiographers and other allied health professionals should jump onboard:


This image is taken from @OTthoughts otherwise known as Hayley Goodwin.

Take a look and see what you think. If you’re not already on Twitter, then come on, join the party and reap the benefits!

Over and out!

#Hashtags explained!

Afternoon all!

I have been lucky enough to gain many new followers on Twitter in recent weeks  – and even a few more for this blog too, so thought I would just give a quick refresh for those who already follow, and explanation to those who are new, of what my regular #’s are!

They are as follows:

#TTTTed Talk Tuesday – As the name suggests, a Ted Talk video every Tuesday. Sometimes this will be on a medically-related topic, and sometimes it won’t! Just depends on what is around at the time!

#14TWOne For The Weekend – A tweet that has nothing to do with matters medical or radiographical whatsoever! It’s meant for fun and could be anything that is happening in the news at the minute, big state occasions etc, a music video, photos, or whatever takes my fancy on a Friday night/Saturday morning when I usually post!

#TOTWTweet of the Week – Usually a tweet that I feel deserves another airing, either because it’s a topic that I feel strongly about, or one that I feel didn’t get the exposure it deserved at the time of tweeting.

#4PUFFour Previously Untweeted Favourites – Each week I favourite many tweets without retweeting them. On the last Sunday of each month I now retweet one favourite from each week of the month.

#TOTMTweet of the Month – From the end of this month I will choose one tweet that is my favourite from the past month. This may or may not be one of my #TOTW’s.

Hope this helps you all understand what my regular “slots” are and to continue to enjoy them!


#TOTW (x21!) Yep, you guessed it…”#SoRWEEK”

Hello, good evening and welcome” (to quote the late, great Sir David Frost) …to the second feature week on radiographerben.

It has been – for those of you that hadn’t already noticed – #SoRWEEK. Last week, for the first time, I decided to have a feature week, and kicked it all off with #NHSWEEK. The idea of a theme to base my tweeting around was, or at least, appeared to me, to be fairly well-received, and so I decided to go straight into another feature week…lucky you!

I decided to choose my own professional body, and to base this last week’s tweets around the work of the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR). I could have tweeted many more times than I did, however, I didn’t want to go overboard (whether I succeeded or failed in this, please let me know!) I wanted to get across what the SCoR does and the varied work and research that it is involved in. I hope I also succeeded in this aim!?

Here for your delectation – and future use (hopefully!) is the complete list of the week that was #SoRWEEK:

1. Do you know? What is radiography? Who are radiographers?

2. Here’s another chance to see my blog entry “A Day in the Life of…” This is what we do!

3. OK, so this doesn’t sound very exciting, but it’s handy! ‘New feature for SoR document library

4. Radiography, 21(1), Feb 2015, 11-15, ‘Radiology responsibilities post NPSA guidelines for nasogastric tube insertion

5. Great to see that ‘SoR to tackle issues

6. (1/3) Radiography, 21(2), May 2015, 108-109, ‘Editorial: Radiography research as a global community

7. (2/3) Radiography, 21(2), May 2015, 141-145, ‘The introduction, deployment and impact of assistant practitioners in..’

8. (3/3) Radiography, 21(2), May 2015, 146-149, ‘An exploration of adolescents’ perceptions of X-ray examinations’

9. I&TP, May 2015, 27-30, ‘Missed opportunities? Chest x-ray quality: The implications for early lung cancer diagnosis

10. , May 2015, 18-19, ‘SCoR launches new three-year strategy Available online to at

11. (1/3) Radiography, 21(2), May 2015, 160-164, ‘Student radiographers’ attitudes toward the older patient

12. (2/3) Radiography, 21(2), May 2015, 165-171, ‘The Radiographer’s multidisciplinary team role in theatre scenarios’

13. (3/3) Radiography, 21(2), May 2015, 188-196, ‘AP vs PA … in lumbar spine CR: Image quality & individual organ doses

14. Get involved and have *YOUR* say as consults on ethics and conduct

15. Want to learn for free? Go to ‘e-LfH launches new learning system

16. Read this great blog about how we should start to tell the future generation about and our profession: RT : Today on the blog – Inspiring a Future Generation of Radiographers

17. (1/2) Radiography, 21(1), Feb 2015, 47-53, ‘A taxonomy of anatomical & pathological entities to support commenting…

18. (2/2) Radiography, 21(1), Feb 2015, 3-6, ‘Protocols & guidelines for mobile chest radiography in Irish…hospitals’

19. As comes to an end, I want to highlight the work my radiotherapy colleagues and their work

20. (1/2) encore! Another great article to mention and available online to in Radiography Vol 21(2)

21. (2/2) May 2015, e74–e80 ‘Social media: The next frontier for professional development in radiography

Now then, I could write a piece about each tweet, but that would make for an exceptionally long blog, and as I hope you’d know by now, that’s not my thing! Having said that, this is the longest to date I believe! However, I hope you will find it a useful resource. I also hope that you have enjoyed this last week as much as I have. It’s been great to shine a light on the work that my professional body is involved in, and to help educate people as to what it is we radiographers do!

I would really appreciate any feedback (for those of you that have made it to the end of this blog and are actually reading this bit!) as one of the main things I have enjoyed the most this week has been the interaction with my followers and fellow healthcare professionals. It’s great that we can use social media to connect with people all over the world and use it to share our experiences and knowledge. I truly believe it is a tool that we as radiographers, and other healthcare professionals, can use to enhance not only the knowledge of our own subject, but also to educate the wider public as to the work we do.

Thanks again to all those who have made the effort to get this far, and to those of you that helped make this last week, the most successful week on social media since I “created” radiographerben last year!

Please keep following and interacting with me…it’s the best bit!

Farewell to 2014 and all who sailed in her!

Fear yeeh not! This will not be a blog-by-blog review of 2014! I just wanted to take the opportunity of these stats that have been produced by WordPress to say a few (hundred) words!

I have been blogging/Tweeting/Facebooking for a year now on matters medical, health-related, ethics, end-of-life care, dementia and much much more. I’ve been lucky enough to gain nearly 300 followers on Twitter and have 100+ Likes on Facebook and to date 11 followers for my blog!

Most of my followers and or people who have visited my Social media sites appear to come from the UK with the US and Canada not far behind. However, I have followers from other European countries as well as South Africa, India, Nepal, Thailand and Russia! So i’m happy to say that my appeal is truly global!

This is not enough though! I want to spread the word further around the globe in 2015! For those of who already follow or “like” me, then i’d like to say a very big thank you for all your interest and support throughout this year. I hope you’ll continue to support me into 2015. Please share any posts, retweet them, like them or do whatever you can to help me gain more support next year. I’d like to have 500+ followers on Twitter by the end of 2015 and maybe 200+ Likes on Facebook! I intend to expand the blogging side of “radiographerben” in 2015 also, such that I might get 50+ followers for my website!

As well as expanding the blog side of things, I would also like to add a bit to my Tweets. At present I have 3 regular “slots” in my social media week:

#TTT or ‘Ted Talk Tuesday‘ – This as it says, is published every Tuesday and is a link to a Ted Talk usually with a health-related theme, although this I may change for 2015 and include a wider variety of topics for. Suggestions welcome!

#14TW or ‘One for the Weekend‘ – Here, either on a Friday or Saturday I choose a story that is usually nothing to do with health matters at all! It can be a music video, a Formula 1 story, a general news story – anything that catches my eye and I think it would be good to share basically! Again, any suggestions for topics would be happily received!

#TOTW or ‘Tweet of the Week‘ – Pretty self-explanatory really. I pick a tweet from the previous week and write a little bit about it on my blog. This gives me the chance to say a bit more than I can in 140 characters! Either it will be the most popular tweet from the week or I might choose one that I feel was lost amongst other tweets and deserves a second chance!

I’m looking to maybe do a bit more in 2015. I might add a top 5 tweets of the month or something like. I haven’t really used the stats to date, but I might see what they can show about my blog and followers in 2015!

Thank you again for your kind support this year and I very much hope to see you all (and friends and family!) in 2015!

Happy new year to you all!


Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 740 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.