If you’re a lover of TV shows like ER, House or even Casualty then the last 10 months of my role would have been right up your street.
Joining the NHS as a complete layman has certainly been an education, especially when working in an area where you’re expected to know a lot about everything that happens.
Despite what you might read it’s not all A&E waiting times, drunks and chronic obesity working in NHS communications.
One thing that I’ve found since joining the NHS last summer is that it’s a hugely varied and all encompassing role. I’ve been pretty lucky with the timings because I’ve been the lead on communicating two fairly major and unique new buildings for the NHS. Continue reading
In a week that most of the internet seemed to talking about THAT Tony Blair Christmas card, my mind went back to a time when the young pretender was the hottest ticket in town.
My own Blair experience was bookmarked first as a journalist in London in the early days of his second term as PM, and then as a PR back in Gateshead as his era limped to a close.
Images of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins flash through my mind as I race through the Northumberland countryside as the leader of an imaginary tour de France.
And in that absurd fantasy lies the first example of the classic perception vs reality gap. I’m only fooling myself.
So I’ve worked in the NHS for five months now and I’m a bit further along in understanding how it all fits together.
So far in life I’ve been pretty lucky with health, so this job is my first real encounter with hospitals and medical staff and it’s fascinating to see how they work.
In my usual cross eyed way these are my six lessons that comms and PR people can learn from the medical profession. Continue reading
This week I’ve been working on something slightly different that puts another spin on the omnipotent use of tablets and smart phones.
Nothing as exciting at the ubiqetious iphone6 launch, but something pretty impressive to me (as a newbie to healthcare and the NHS)
Look around you almost anywhere in public and you’ll see a wall of faces staring into electronic devices or tapping on tiny, shiny black touchscreens.
Now even medical teams will be doing the same, but in a way that’s good for your health. Continue reading
Caroline Latta has been something of a doyen of health sector communications in the North East for a while now.
She’s currently working as Senior communications and engagement manager at the NHS North of England Commissioning Support and she’s been kind enough to share her thoughts with this blog.