This post was due up last week, then the news about Samantha Backler came through. She deserved her time in the spotlight. On March 17th, an extraordinary event took place at the Lighthouse in Brighton’s North Laines. The R&D department at Sussex Partnership has been developing ideas for projects – research and clinical practice – that seeks digital solutions to health care problems. Second Life is already a research environment for some of us, and more projects are either underway or at the work-up stage. We are also keen to capitalise on social media for communication with staff and service … Continue reading Wired for Health
Tick all that apply It’s becoming pretty clear to anyone who isn’t living in a cupboard or a Jane Austen serial that there’s something of an information explosion underway and that finding what you want to know could be exasperating to say the least. Where do you start? Who do you ask? At one time, our main source was the newspaper held proprietorially by the man of the house while he puffed quietly on his pipe behind his printed screen. Then there was the TV and the Six o Clock News. We pretty much stood to attention for that, newscasters, … Continue reading You have a question, where do you look for answers?
This is a new publication in the same vein as Mencap’s ‘Death by Indifference’ shocker of a couple of years ago which exposed the scandalous way in which people with learning disabilities are often treated by the NHS. Not generally through malignance or harmful intent but through ignorance and blindness to their difficulties. Something called diagnostic overshadowing makes it difficult for many health care professionals to see beyond the learning disability so that other conditions, often physical or psychological and some of them as basic as being unable to eat without prompting, are over-looked. Jo Lee, physiotherapist in our team, … Continue reading Specialist, palliative, and rehabilitative care for people with learning disabilities
YouTubeEDU. Why didn’t I know about this before? It’s what I’ve been looking for – a legitimate video upload site that caters for professional communities and allows dissemination of graphically driven visual information. Many of us struggle with organisations whose IT systems block what they see as primarily social sites but, increasingly, relevant information is being put out in video format. For some, this is absolutely the best medium – think of the psychological phenomena of visual illusion and confidence trickery, for instance (see Richard Wiseman’s site for much more on this) – and for others, it provides compelling support … Continue reading You Tube for Grownups
There have been some recent re-tweetings from my US friends that exemplify the paranoia around their health care reforms. Somebody famous (that I don’t know) is threatening (or promising) to leave the country if Obama succeeds on the grounds that it’s a license to euthanise innocent citizens, and another – Sarah Palin – has apparently jumped ship and gone to Canada for treatment. Let’s be clear, I have axes to grind. First off, I was born the year the NHS came into being. I was one of the first babies whose mother was guaranteed medical attention without having to pay … Continue reading UK NHS: we look after vulnerable people
Very interesting meeting at Sussex uni this afternoon with academics and clinicians from Imperial College, Brighton uni, Sussex uni, Brighton & Sussex medical school and Sussex Partnership looking at using SL as a training platform for medical students. So many SL afficionados, so much other research going on, so few spring chickens doing it! Contrary to possible expectations, these SL researchers seemed to be the antithesis of the stereotypical young male gamer and came in at the older, female, rather sensible but highly creative end of the spectrum. Eat your heart out, WoW! Continue reading Outing SL researchers
Got to see our incomplete participant today. Not that she was incomplete, you understand, her session was. It’s not easy to elicit memories of experiences people didn’t have and the eliciting part comes next week. Hopefully, she won’t feel driven to jump ship before we’ve finished that! Continue reading Catching up
Today I’m having a rationalising session and that has included coralling several of my disparate online presences (if there is such a word) into one enclosure. WordPress has a nicely manicured lawn, tidy edgings, and neighbours with eclectic tastes so it makes sense to move in and put up the curtains. I came here on a visit from MySpace, hauling along a nascent blog offering views on the world that may or may not be shared by others. It liked what it saw and pitched its tent so I went back to fetch Dem and now I won’t get lost making my … Continue reading Migrating from MySpace