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Twitter/Social Media – Don’t be left behind January 2015

January 28, 2016

 

If anyone had said that I would be actively involved with social media for professional purposes a couple of years ago, I would have a laughed. As a fifty-odd year old midwife heading for early retirement, a part of me did not wish to get involved with all this ‘technology’ stuff.  But I am so pleased I have.

A couple of years ago I went on a study day about NHS informatics.  The title of which did not actually tell you what it was about. But I met Annie Cooper(@anniecoops) and Teresa Chin (@AgencyNurse) and Pam Nelmes (@pam007nelmes).  This started my world in Twitterville and has opened many horizons.

I now get involved with Twitterchats using the #WeMidwives forum.  I follow senior people in midwifery @LesleyPageRCM, the RCM, and NICE and NMC.  I hear about NHS initiatives, new policies direct to my phone/computer/tablet. I discuss topics with non-professionals, women, patient groups, I learn and I grow.

Today I was involved towards the end of a 24hr Transformathon event (#nhstform1400, @theedgeNHS).   I was online, hearing lots of speakers and watching presentations from their offices or homes. I was on my own sofa. I asked questions and I commented. It just felt great to be in a space where you can offer your opinion, be part of a movement. Hopefully the beginning of a change in how we discuss and plan care.

If you are feeling unheard in your own worklife I really would encourage you to get engaged to receive some support for your thoughts and ideas.

Being part of social media has enabled me to develop my own blog (helenyoungmidwife@wordpress.com) which I have sadly neglected recently, but today has inspired me to share again my knowledge and opinions.

If you are still out there and thinking you can’t or won’t or don’t think it is for you, I urge you to get on the social media, particularly professional midwifery tweeting, train or it will leave you behind.

 

As a Midwife in the Southwest UK,  I would encourage you to follow.

@WeMidwives                  @jennytheM                                     @MIDIRS

@nmcnews                        @sagefemmeB   Sheena Byrom     @CareQualityComm

@RCObsGyn                      @RUHstaff                                       @NHSEngland

@MidwivesRCM               @MaternityAction                            @UWEMidwifery

#MatExp

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