The central message of the sweeping new Adam Curtis doumentary Can’t get you out of my head is that the world is something we make and can actually be remade differently despite all the hidden forces that have brought us to this point.Continue reading
It’s been a strange couple of weeks in many ways with lots of optimism and pace around the vaccine and the amazing job staff are doing to roll it out, set against the continuing daily grind of Covid with no let up just yet.Continue reading
In 1972 a bestselling book warned of a global decline and general downturn for civilisation from the year 2020.
As a prediction “The limits to growth” now seems incredibly prescient although a global pandemic wasn’t really a part of the equation that crunched huge volumes of data on economics, population and industrialisation.Continue reading
It’s like “Deja Vu all over again” or so the famous Yogi Berra quote goes.
As we enter the third national lockdown I think we can all be forgiven for a feeling a bit like here we go again.Continue reading
So, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a pretty terrible year, punctuated by some fantastic good news about the vaccine last week.
While we’re all keen to be positive and optimistic I think there’s a growing recognition that there are still some very hard days ahead especially as winter pressures and another potential wave of Covid19 hits the sector in the new year.Continue reading
The Greek philosophiser Heraclitus believed that everything must be kept in a permanent state of flux to hold the universe in balance.
“You can never step in the same river twice,” he famously posited.
Well, for many in the NHS that certainly sounds deceptive as they wade shoulder deep through the choppy waters of a second Covid19 wave and national lockdown.Continue reading
“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean”
If like me you’ve been following Dark the slow burning, German time travel, philosophy head scratcher on Netflix you’ll recognise that quote.Continue reading
Way back before Covid19 and zoom and new normal and local lockdowns I started reading a book recommended to me at the last of our physical, in person, NHS comms networks in London.Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed alongside Jude Tipper for the Talking Comms podcast to give an idea of what it’s like working in NHS comms at the moment.
You can hear us in full flow here but if your ear drums can’t take that here are the 5 key points I was trying to get across.Continue reading
Dear colleagues and friends,
I wish I was writing to you in happier circumstances, but I know that every one of you will be working harder than ever in absolutely exceptional circumstances.
As national chair of NHS Providers’ communications leads group and also an NHS communicator on the coal face, I just wanted to send my personal thanks for everything you’re doing to support your teams, colleagues and the public in these difficult times. Continue reading