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I went to my first American Geriatric Society Conference last week. I’d been asked if I could speak about the delirium undergraduate education work to one of the specialist interest groups. It also happened to be taking place in Orlando, specifically, Disney. Not one to turn down the opportunity to visit the happiest place on… Continue reading Letter from America
This week I was sent the ‘imatter’ questionnaire to complete. It’s badged as a ‘staff experience continuous improvement tool designed to help understand and improve staff experience’. In other words it’s a cultural snap shot. There are many ways that organisations will try to gather data on the prevailing mood and climate. However I believe… Continue reading 99 problems
I love this time of year. Increasingly more so than Xmas even with all its twinkly sparkliness. Easter is definitely my new favourite. Why? Well, I think it’s the most hopeful time of year. The clocks have just sprung forward giving us lighter evenings. The birds are singing and there’s a general sense of things… Continue reading Find the river
What a mad few days! It started on Tuesday with the warning that the ‘Beast From the East’ was coming. Although it was predicted to only hit the east side of the UK I thought I’d best prepare. Or at any rate buy some thermal tights. To be fair we’ve had these kind of armageddon… Continue reading Do you want to build a snowman?
When I started writing this blog a couple of weeks ago there had just been the GMC ruling over Dr Bawa-Garba. Not surprisingly it sent shockwaves through the medical profession. One of the main issues was around rota gaps and trainees being stretched even further in order to cover them. As I’ve mentioned before I am… Continue reading Here comes the sun
Happy New Year! We haven’t exactly got off to a flying start. To be honest the NHS is usually hit pretty hard at this time but nothing like we’ve experienced this year. However I don’t want to waste what precious time you have talking about the flu or the so called ‘NHS crisis’. It’s… Continue reading Shine bright like a diamond
So I’ve been a bit quiet of late on the blog front. My head has been rammed with all things work related specifically the medical rota. I don’t think it’s any secret that things had not been going as well as we’d hoped. We had (and still do have) significant staff shortages. It was becoming… Continue reading Everything is everything…
Up until this week I’d considered the concept of ‘team work’ to be within the context of sport. Organisations such as the NHS have also adopted it however I’d never really thought about it within the context of music. My daughter has recently started learning the glockenspiel and plays in the school band. She’s pretty… Continue reading Music
Today was a great day. I flew a plane! Ok, not an actual plane, I’d booked a session in a simulator next to Glasgow Airport. For those who don’t know I am a recovering flying phobic. A couple of years ago I decided to do something about it and went on Virgin’s ‘Flying without Fear’… Continue reading Danger Zone
Three exciting things happened this week – I hosted my first ever Journal Club on Twitter, I attended the BMA Women in Medicine event and also presented at the Geriatrics for Juniors conference in Newcastle. All very different but all with one thing in common – bringing people together. My feeling over the past few… Continue reading A Whole New World