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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Reflections on Realistic Medicine following #PublicHealthHour with Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, 7 September 2016

At the start of Dr Catherine Calderwood‘s first annual report as Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, she notes how fitting it is, as a practising obstetrician and gynaecologist, that the report arrived 9 months after taking post. Another 9 months on from its publication “Realistic Medicine” is still in the limelight. It has received widespread praise, including big names from medicine and public health (Dr Ben Goldacre and Sir Muir Gray), and has become shorthand for a different approach to healthcare.

We had originally planned to discuss Realistic Medicine with the Chief Medical Officer for a Public Health Hour in May, but the purdah period before the 2016 Scottish Election put paid to that. In fact the delay worked to our advantage, allowing us to invite a much larger number of participants, to hear reflections on the CMO’s engagement with clinicians and patients around the report, and to include a discussion of Realistic Medicine and Public Health with an expert panel.

You can see the CMO’s slides on Slideshare.

During the panel discussion, as well as taking questions on Realistic Medicine from participants, we:

  • received a succinct masterclass in better value healthcare, screening and population healthcare from Sir Muir Gray, a leading light in UK Public Health, pioneer of screening programmes across the life course and currently director of Better Value Healthcare
  • heard pertinent insights on person centred care and quality improvement from Carol Read from her career as a nurse and more recently as fellow at the NHS England Horizons team. Carol has also demonstrated innovation in developing a skincare range for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • had a preliminary discussion about the positive “disruptive” potential of mobile phones as a nod to both innovation and engagement.

The NHS England Horizons team, headed by Helen Bevan, was also extremely generous in providing us access to their impressive Webex setup, for which I would like to note huge thanks to Paul Woodley.

The session is documented in more detail below and a full recording of the session is available here. The main message from the session is simple – Public Health has a major contribution to Realistic Medicine, across the 6 main headings of the report.

This blog will be updated to include answers to questions raised through social media and the Webex chat box that we didn’t have time to pose to the panel during the session. Running until 16 September there was also an opportunity to contribute to a Public Health focused platform on Realistic Medicine, kindly provided on a trial basis by Crowdicity, and written up here.

Resources and comments from the chatbox have been added to the end of this blog (on 28 September).

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Sign up for #PublicHealthHour with Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, 7 September 2016

Join Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Catherine Calderwood, on 7 September 2016, 12.30-1.30 (UK time) in a #PublicHealthHour webinar. Continue reading to find out more.

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Inequalities in uncertain times: reflections on the 1 June 2016 #PublicHealthHour, post EU referendum

This is a blog about the #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour 1 June 2016. The full session recording is available here. Tweets summarised using Storify. Quotes below are taken from tweets during PublicHealthHour.

We live in increasingly unequal and uncertain times. A nation’s politics and its government’s economic decisions have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of its citizens. The result of the UK referendum on EU membership (23 June 2016) has been picked over during the past fortnight. Voting intentions leading up to the referendum show profound differences in outlook across the UK. Commentators have noted differences in voting patterns by area (urban vs rural vs former industrial), age, education level and income, charting the impact of decades of decline in our most deprived communities. The implications of the EU referendum decision for the future of the UK (including health and the NHS) are being debated at length, but the word “inequalities” is never far from the discussion. (/continues/)

Source: New Economics Forum (click image to see full document).

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The next #publichealthhour webinar sessions are:

Dr. Andrew Fraser from NHS Health Scotland and Dr. Angela Donkin from Institute of Health Equity talking about inequalities (1 June 2016, 12.30-1.30). Read blog from webinar here (posted 9 July)

Dr. Cath Calderwood, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (7 September 2016, 12.30-1.30)

Register for each session in the EventBrite box on this page (or click on the dates above) and I will email you the link to join the webinar in the days leading up to the session. I will also post the details on this page on the day of the webinar.

Post questions for inequalities webinar (1 Jun) up until 18 May on Slido (doesn’t need registration).

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May and June #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour sessions

The next #publichealthhour sessions are:

  • Dr. Cath Calderwood, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer (POSTPONED due to Scottish election)
  • Dr. Andrew Fraser from NHS Health Scotland and Dr. Angela Donkin from Institute of Health Equity talking about inequalities on 1 June 2016, 12.30-1.30 (find out more and register)

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Animating Assets: #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour (#3) with Glasgow Centre for Population Health

On 2 March we were joined in a webinar by Rachel Harris and Sheena Fletcher from Glasgow Centre for Population Health. As with previous #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour sessions this gave us an opportunity to talk about a Public Health topic while also learning techniques in social media and wider engagement. In this session we learnt about assets-based approaches to health and some social media techniques including use of infographics.

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Animating Assets with Glasgow Centre for Population Health 2 Mar 12.30-1.30 #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour

Our next #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour will be on Wednesday 2 March, 12.30-1.30

We’ll be hearing about assets-based approaches to health and wellbeing, infographics, social media and more from Rachel Harris and Sheena Fletcher at Glasgow Centre for Population Health, building on their work with Scottish Community Development Centre. Read more about Animating Assets. Check out a selection of GCPH’s excellent infographics below. This will be a fully interactive webinar, with film, a demo of producing elements of an effective infographic, and chat and tweeting.

Join using instructions below. You’ll need a computer (or smart phone) to see the webinar. You’ll also need a phone to hear and join in the conversation.

This event is now finished. A blog with summary and full presentations will be posted ASAP.

Tweet using #ScotPublicHealth and #PublicHealthHour

Follow @ScotPublic for updates and other information.

Sign up for email updates on this blog.

Some examples of GCPH infographics

Community voices - final.jpg Commuting and active travel trends

Social Capital.jpeg  Miniature Glasgow - the city in 100 people v1

An hour with @CyclingSurgeon on physical activity and social media (3.2.16)

The 2nd #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour

At our first #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour (6.1.16) we communicated solely using Twitter. Read the blog here. Though generating a lot of information and tweets, it was a little tricky to follow the flow of discussion and many contributors wanted help with tweeting. During that session we identified physical activity as a topic of interest for a future session.

For the second #PublicHealthHour we therefore set up a Webex webinar with tweeting (to provide a clearer structure), and were lucky to be joined by Prof Chris Oliver, Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh. Chris is a very successful tweeter with a large following (@CyclingSurgeon). The session ran from 11AM ’til noon, 3 Feb 2016.

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Joining instructions for 3 Feb webinar with @CyclingSurgeon Prof Chris Oliver

The next #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour session (Wednesday 3 Feb 2016) will be run as a webinar (Webex), with Prof Chris Oliver (@CyclingSurgeon) telling us about physical activity, a new physical activity MOOC (massive online open course) and providing a masterclass on Twitter.

This will be at the earlier time of 11AM (open from 10.50 to allow everyone to navigate any IT hurdles).

*** This event has passed – read blog summarising our discussions here ***

Twitter hashtags #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour. Tweets during the hour will be sent out from @ScotPublic (follow for future #ScotPublicHealth #PublicHealthHour sessions). If you don’t use Twitter, then there will still be an opportunity to take part in the chat box provided in the Webex session.

You can also sign up for email updates from this blog.

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