Sardines were never packed so tight!

On Wednesday 2 November 2016 I will be presenting a Patient Voices/ #DNAOfCare film at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (follow #DNAofCare #Exp4All on the day to see tweets about the event; more info here). I recorded the film with Patient Voices, sponsored by NHS England, in April 2016. Though I originally intended to speak about my current work, I was encouraged to develop a “leadership story” and the film that emerged explored my inspirations and route into Medicine, specialising in Public Health.

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The film is about my connections with my Grandfather, K.G.F. Mackenzie and his encounters with Public Health (including typhus, TB, meningococcal disease and much more). The summary of his life, in his own words, is provided below (with thanks to my Father, Bruce Mackenzie, for providing this).

I will be approaching The BMJ to ask if, 16 years too late, they will accept this as an obituary for Kenneth Mackenzie and his wife Helen Gordon.


My Grandfather and me, Shotley Bridge, 1971

This experience has helped me capture my professional raison d’√™tre. The reflections cover the three domains of Public Health – Health Protection, Health Improvement and Service Improvement – as well as key public health topics including poverty and inequalities.It also illustrates the point that Public Health involves a wide workforce, in the NHS and beyond. I plan to use the film to explain the purpose of Public Health work, and how while everything seems to change, some things remain the same.

Graham Mackenzie (@gmacscotland on Twitter)

Consultant in Public Health

31 October 2016

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Making a big bang with social media at Dunblane #ScotPublicHealth

Quick links for social media activity at Scottish FPH conference 27-28 October:

  • Conference website (which also shows conference tweets, presentations and will include webcasts)¬†and programme
  • Ask a question for¬†plenary and panel sessions using Slido
  • Check the¬†Twitter statistics for the week of the conference (Mon – Fri inclusive)scotpublichealth-stats
  • Follow @ScotPublic on Twitter
  • Watch tweets from the conference using #ScotPublicHealth hashtag
  • Follow this blog by clicking “Follow” button in side or bottom bar (depends on your device)
  • Use the tweet¬†summary¬†(Storify) as a reminder when you come to write¬†your CPD record (under development)
  • See the evolving map of tweets (20-28 Oct; full report with top influencers, URLs, hashtags and words/ wordpairs available here, with static map here)

ScotPublicHealth 27 and 28 Oct NodeXL map

On 27-28 October¬†the¬†Public Health community in Scotland and beyond gather at Dunblane for the annual Scottish Faculty of Public Health conference. The title, “Strong Voices: Pragmatic Public Health”, sounds upbeat and confident. The conference website summarises recommendations from the recent Public Health review: including “greater visibility” and¬†closer and more effective links within and outwith the profession. Social media can play a part.

The three main aims of ScotPublicHealth social media activity: learning, networking and broadcasting
The three main aims of ScotPublicHealth social media activity: learning, networking and broadcasting

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