Jan 172015
 
Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper

Next week, Paul Gimson (@pgimmo), our National Primary Care Manager will be tweeting from the 1000 Lives Improvement Twitter account (@1000LivesPlus); sharing his working week with our followers.

During the week, he’ll be highlighting particular areas of work; sharing his thoughts on the major issues facing primary care and inviting you to join in some topical and important conversations online.

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Dec 312014
 
Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper

Over the last year, members of the 1000 Lives Improvement team – along with guest bloggers – have been sharing their reflections and views on a wide range of subjects related to improving healthcare.

If you’ve joined us over the last twelve months, you’ll have read posts exploring how primary care is delivered in Alaska, found out about the impressive work celebrated at this year’s NHS Wales Awards and discovered that Mr Potato Head can teach you more about PDSA cycles than you thought possible.

As 2014 draws to a close, we thought we’d share with you the top five most read posts of the year – and give you the opportunity to catch up on any you may have missed!

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Nov 282014
 
Karen Newman

Karen Newman

We have just launched a new film offering people advice about A&E featuring a rising star – ‘Dr Olivia’ – Wales’ youngest A&E consultant.

Last year when we wanted to address some of the issues around where is the most appropriate place to seek medical advice, we filmed Olivia explaining ‘Why A&E is such a special place’.

The film was a great success – creating a real buzz on social and other media. Most importantly, we got people talking about the real issues – people waiting to be seen in A&E when they would get advice more quickly and conveniently from other services, like their local pharmacy.

This year, Dr Olivia is back, this time with student doctors. She is an exemplary teacher, using #HelloMyNameIs when talking to patients and leading the way in hand hygiene. But she is also helpful in sign-posting people to places where they will be able to get help.

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May 202014
 

Catherine Thomas reflects on the Creating Useable Content Learning Event, and some of the thoughts she left with.

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Image by N i c o l a used under a Creative Commons license.

I have had a burning desire to start blogging for some time, but didn’t know how to start.  Everyone does it, so it can’t be that hard, can it?  As if by magic, a flyer arrives in my inbox: The Creating Useable Content Learning Event – “ooh, good timing”, I thought. I am already in with the ‘in crowd’ when it comes to communicating online – I love Twitter, I have a Facebook account and am connecting with LinkedIn.  So what’s missing? Blogging is missing…

The main reason for wanting to blog was to link the 350 NHS PAs with other PAs around the world. The NHS PAs Network is the largest in Wales and one of the top 3 in the UK. PAs have a lot of information in their heads and it’s time to share that knowledge.

A packed programme arrives, which I didn’t think I would need half of – Infographics, what are they? David Bailey and Stephen Spielberg I’m not, so that’s the photos and videos workshops out.  How wrong I was. Continue reading »