Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this resource for HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model can facilitate PERSON-CENTREDNESS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, HOLISTIC CARE and REFLECTION. Follow the development of a new website using Drupal as I finalise my research question with part 2 starting in 2016. See our bibliography, archive and please get in touch [@h2cm]. Welcome.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Vulnerability: In Art and Care (Ack: Benedict Rubbra)

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Last weekend I helped my eldest son with some driving SW to Exeter in Devon. While he disappeared to help make a couple's wedding day special (which I understand it was), I spent Saturday morning at Royal Albert Memorial Museum.*

Serendipity soon arrived as one of the exhibitions was Benedict Rubbra: Eye to Image. I'm very grateful to the artist for being able to display 'Vulnerability' to help illustrate Hodges' model, taking the title literally here; that is, vulnerability within the mental health context plus vulnerable people in society and care.

I had never heard of Mr Rubbra, but I'm glad that I now know not just his work, but his way of working. The video 2/4 below explains the artist's technique:

There are actually several paintings that I could relate to h2cm and travels:

Singing Blackbird
A Wave in Summer
Pantheon (I waited for a plane...)
work that references Fra Angelico

I've some new draft notes introducing Hodges' model:

The idealised nature of the model is obvious even upon brief examination. How are we intended to navigate the model's axes? Are both similar in this respect? Taking the individual-group axis first, we can see where the idealisation of person-centred care might be located. This is not just by virtue of labelling ('individual'), but is associated with the knowledge that it invites around it. The two upper domains of interpersonal and sciences represent the two forms of nursing care upon which all nursing is based; and around which a parity of esteem debate still rages (Millard and Wessely, 2014). These are mental healthcare (interpersonal) and physical care (the sciences). 

Within these domains we can conceptualise the various activities that make up being human and doing nursing. 

In addition the model as a whole can also be considered, according to need, as being found within a spiritual domain.

Millard, C., Wessely, S., (2014) Parity of esteem between mental and physical health. BMJ 349, g6821–g6821. doi:10.1136/bmj.g6821

*I did my general nurse training at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary - Wigan.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

ERCIM News No. 102 Special Theme: "Trustworthy Systems of Systems"

Dear ERCIM News Reader,

ERCIM News No. 102 has just been published at http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en102

Special Theme: "Trustworthy Systems of Systems"
Guest editors: Poul Heegaard, NTNU and Erwin Schoitsch, Austrian Institute of Technology

Keynote by Werner Steinhögl, Programme Officer at the European Commission, Components and Systems, Directorate General CONNECT: "Trustworthy Systems of Systems – A Prerequisite for the Digitalization of Industry"  

Invited contribution by Andreas Wild, Executive Director of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking: "ECSEL JU Launches Research and Innovation Actions Strengthening European Competitiveness"

This issue is also available for download in pdf and ebpub    

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Online Metaphor Map launched


Here at the University of Glasgow we have just completed a three-year-long project which traces metaphor over the entire history of the English language, creating the first ever Metaphor Map resource. It contains thousands of metaphorical connections which can be accessed through a visual or text-based interface.

If you're interested you can visit the site here:

Or you can read more below:

English language metaphors are “as old as the hills” – or 13 centuries old at the very least – researchers at the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow have found.

They have just completed a three-year-long project which traces metaphor over the entire history of the English language, creating the first ever Metaphor Map resource which contains the thousands of metaphorical connections that the researchers have identified.

“This project is unique in its scope. While a considerable amount of work on metaphor has been done over the past 40 years, it has never been possible to achieve this level of comprehensiveness until now,” said Dr Wendy Anderson, Principal Investigator on the “Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus” project.‌‌

The Metaphor Map is based on the data contained in the Historical Thesaurus of English, which took from 1966-2009 to compile, and its own parent resource, the Oxford English Dictionary. The researchers, who have been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), have been able to identify well over 10,000 metaphorical connections between different categories and track how language use has changed over the centuries.

“These findings support the view that metaphor is pervasive in language and a major mechanism of meaning-change,” said Dr Anderson.

“This helps us to see how our language shapes our understanding – the connections we make between different areas of meaning in English show, to some extent, how we mentally structure our world,” she added.

“Over the past 30 years, it has become clear that metaphor is not simply a literary phenomenon; metaphorical thinking underlies the way we make sense of the world conceptually. When we talk about ‘a healthy economy’ or ‘a clear argument’ we are using expressions that imply the mapping of one domain of experience (e.g. medicine, sight) onto another (e.g. finance, perception).

“When we describe an argument in terms of warfare or destruction (‘he demolished my case’), we may be saying something about the society we live in. The study of metaphor is therefore of vital interest to scholars in many fields, including linguists and psychologists, as well as to scholars of literature.”

The Metaphor Map is still a work in progress, but once complete it will also include tens of thousands of examples of words with metaphorical senses; to date, around a quarter of these have been put online.

The researchers plan to launch a parallel Metaphor Map for data from Old English (prior to 1150AD) in August, at the International Society of Anglo Saxonists conference in Glasgow. The team, led by Dr Anderson and Research Associate Dr Ellen Bramwell, is also working on another project, “Metaphor in the Curriculum”, to create materials on metaphor for schools. This is funded by the AHRC’s Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement strand.
Kind regards
Brian Aitken MA(Hons) MSc
Digital Humanities Research Officer
School of Critical Studies
Room 506
13 University Gardens
University of Glasgow
G12 8QJ

Email: brian.aitken AT glasgow.ac.uk
Web: http://blogs.arts.gla.ac.uk/digital-humanities/
My source:
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 133.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Triplanetary HOME ?

I didn't make it HOME to PLANETARY last evening. I hope it will be shown again.

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Ack: Triplanetary

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Non-Cartesian points, opposing corners and capital redux

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"I felt

capital Patient?

Patient capital?

 in the corner,"

senior NHS figure said of recent top level meetings discussing the financial travails and sliding performance of the provider sector. ... The delineation between these two camps is becoming clearer. ... p.3 

Source: McLellan, A. (2015) Leader: Modernisers must cut the deficit to keep their side of the deal. Health Service Journal, 3 June. 125;6449:p.3.

See also:
Capital 'p': Patient, Person, Person-centred, Personhood

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

First GRADE CERQual newsletter: Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research

Dear colleagues

I am sure that many of you are aware of the work of the GRADE Working Group to develop an approach to grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations (see: www.gradeworkinggroup.org

We have recently established a new project group within GRADE to develop an analogous approach for assessing how much confidence to place in evidence from reviews of qualitative studies (sometimes called qualitative evidence syntheses). The GRADE CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research) Project Group has just released its first newsletter which can be accessed via the following link:


This newsletter includes contributions about the development of CERQual, systematic reviews where CERQual has already been used, future workshops and talks, and explains how you can join the mailing list or join the open Project Group if you would like to be more actively involved in the development of the approach.

For more information about CERQual please visit our website at www.cerqual.org


HIFA profile: Simon Lewin is a health systems researcher at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services (www.nokc.no and the Medical Research Council of South Africa (www.mrc.ac.za). His work is mainly in the field of implementation research, including systematic reviews of health systems interventions; the development and evaluation of strategies for changing professional and user behaviours and the organization of care; and the use of lay or community health workers to deliver care. He is an editor for the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group and the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Review Group. Email: simon.lewin AT nokc.no

My source:
HIFA: Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa2015.org

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Research methodologies and struts: Networked Learning & Design Based Research

If I adopt Networked Learning as a research methodology I am aware of what might be a cognitively, conceptually (or plain habitually!) driven tendency to harvest concepts on the basis of association.

Now association may be the basis of a database model, but this is clearly insufficient even when a strut of the argument is the vertical axis of Hodges' model.

(Draft 7270 words, 64 references, primary focus threshold concepts)

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Capital 'p': Patient, Person, Person-centred, Personhood

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capital Patient

Patient capital

Whenever financial markets get hyperactive - the norm rather than exception over the past three decades - we hear calls for "patient capital" that can fund long-term investment in the productive capabilities that are essential for a prosperous economy. ...
The problem is not just "short-termism" but more fundamentally value extraction that far outstrips contributions to value creation, with financial interests, including top executives, reaping gains that should go to taxpayers and workers.
For the sake of stable and equitable growth, it is time that these real patient capitalists lose their political patience, and demand fundamental economic reform. p.24.

Lazonick, W. Why patient capital is running thin, Armchair Alphaville, FTMoney. July 26/July 27 2014: p.24

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GRADE CERQual, Reflection, Mixed Methods and Threshold Concepts

On leave this week and as per a previous post I attended the GRADE CERQual workshop last  afternoon. It was a very helpful exercise, a presentation and some group work. There's that word some again. The workshop is related to and will be repeated as a presentation at:

Health Research with Real Impact Conference

Wed, 24 June, 09:00 – Thu, 25 June, 16:00

- which is currently listed on UCLAN's news.

I've now 5000 exploratory words on Threshold Concepts with Hodges' model and bringing in prospective research methodologies. The final module of Part 1 beckons (reading, reading...) and this work will help and might be worthy of publication. I'm just adding some other points from the following sources:

Knight, S. (2015) Realising the benefits of reflective practice. Nursing Times; 111: 23/24, 17-19.

I can cite the above as reflection is never far away in theory, practice and students on placement. Is there is a role for Hodges' model? I believe there is and Collins et al further demonstrate the need as nurses evidence reflection on their professional reading for revalidation from April 2016. Collins writes (my emphasis):
Reflection should be undertaken using a recognised model as this adds structure and provides direction. The model used should be chosen by the individual and influenced by a number of factors such as ease of use, understanding and ease of flow when writing. Models without these elements will give the writer a negative experience of the reflection process (p.14).
Collins, G. et al (2015) Using reflection on reading for revalidation. Nursing Times; 111: 23/24, 14-16.

The final paper for now:

Evans, B., Coon, D., & Ume, E. (2011) Use of Theoretical Frameworks as a Pragmatic Guide for Mixed Methods Studies. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 5(4), 276-292.
DOI: 10.1177/1558689811412972

- begins with a quotation:
A mixed methods way of thinking is an orientation toward social inquiry that actively invites us to participate in dialogue about multiple ways of seeing and hearing, multiple ways of making sense of the social world, and multiple standpoints on what is important and to be valued and cherished.
—Greene (2008, p. 20)

The paper refers to maps, conceptual and theoretical frameworks. H2cm is a map and a conceptual framework, but not a theoretical framework; unless theory is implied (instantiated) in its structure?

Evans, Coon, and Ume (2011) write:
Clearly, such frameworks could assist with navigation in mixed methods studies consisting of concurrent or sequential investigations, facilitate integration of methods in at least one phase of the inquiry, and provide a map for combining the what with the why to gain a multidimensional understanding of causal mechanisms. Utilization of such frameworks could, then, fit snugly into Tashakkori and Creswell’s (2007) recent definition of mixed methods: “Research in which the investigator collects and analyses the data, integrates the findings, and draws inferences using both qualitative and quantitative approaches or methods in a single study or program of inquiry” (p. 4). (Evans et al. p.278)

Researcher's are by definition forced to adopt a methodological position and argue it; defend it too! I'm not advocating for something else, but for Hodges' model this is akin to being pressed to hear the Song of the Sirens and suffer the consequences. This model does not want to be tied to the mast.

It is the mast and sail.

Hodges' is mixed methods incarnate - out of the box, in and between them:

Service Centered-Person Centered
Health-Well Being-Disease

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Healthcare: Reserved spaces to be comic-al

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Psychiatric Tales

The Bad Doctor

c/o Amazon.co.uk

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Upcoming events: Digital Health Conference and Exhibition (Salford) & GRADE-CERQual tool - Workshop (UCLAN)

For international readers this may be of limited relevance, but I've a couple of local events coming up. It's likely too late to book but other offerings will no doubt follow from the respective organisers. I'm very grateful to Salford University & UCLAN for my places and look f/w to posting about the Salford event next month.

Before then on Tuesday afternoon I'm on leave and will be at UCLAN:

GRADE-CERQual tool - Workshop
CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative research)

Dear Colleague,

We thought the workshop (attached) might be of interest for you all? It will be introducing the newly developed CerQual criteria for the assessment of qualitative research into guidelines for practice, policy and service development. The event is led by one of the architects of this new approach, Claire Glenton, who was a co-author on the first ever published qualitative evidence synthesis for a Cochrane (EPOC) review, and who works in the Cochrane EPOC group in Norway. The work of the group crosses all relevant health topics and disciplines. The key information is as follows:

Qualitative evidence syntheses are increasingly used to bring together findings from qualitative studies. However, it is difficult to use these findings to inform decisions and policies because methods to assess how much confidence to place in synthesised findings are poorly developed. This workshop describes the GRADE-CERQual tool, an approach for assessing how much confidence to place in findings from qualitative evidence syntheses.

The workshop will cover the following topics:
  • Why and when might it be useful to carry out a systematic review of qualitative research?
  • Why assess confidence in findings from reviews of qualitative research?
  • Introduction to the GRADE-CERQual tool
  • Applying the GRADE-CERQual tool
During the workshop, we will discuss the topics listed above and will try out the CERQual tool through group exercises.

Many thanks

Rosemary Horan
Clerical Assistant | School of Health
University of Central Lancashire |Brook Building 418 |Preston PR1 2HE

Apparently the workshop was organised quite quickly so there is no webpage, there is an events page. If there are any insights I can share on this half-day I will do so.

Here are the details for Salford next month:

Dear Colleague,

The University of Salford have been tasked with running Digital Health Conference and Exhibition on 7th July 2015.

I believe this conference would be of huge interest and benefit to you considering your field of work.

Attending the Digital Health Conference and Exhibition 2015 allows you to explore the transformation of healthcare service delivery, while harnessing technology for patient benefit.

Using technology in healthcare can help you access an array of benefits, from boosting efficiency by reducing the need for face-to-face interaction, to promoting self-care and improving collaboration.

What are the benefits of attending?

The conference will provide you with tools to improve patient choice and satisfaction levels whilst enhancing quality of care by reducing face-to-face interaction.
  • Fitting in with people's busy lives
  • Delivering faster and more convenient services
  • Empowering patients to take control of their own healthcare needs.
  • Improving collaboration across healthcare, social care and industry.
  • Using technology to deliver the same high standard
For the full list of benefits and the full agenda click here

email Chris Reynolds on c.reynolds1 AT salford.ac.uk

Kind Regards,
Chris Reynolds
Marketing Officer | ONECPD
Salford Professional Development
Adelphi House, University of Salford, Salford M3 6EN

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hodges' model as a Leitbild framework

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(to ensure, process, distribute,
use, maintain, use,
and preserve human service demands)


ECOLOGY (as Nature)

related activities*

distribute   'hard systems'  use




'soft systems'




ensure (assure)

Image and reference:
Klug, H., 2012. An integrated holistic transdisciplinary landscape planning concept after the Leitbild approach. Ecological Indicators 23, 616–626. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.05.019

“A Leitbild (pl. Leitbilder) is a summary statement describing a desired and releasable future state for a specific issue or spatial unit, which takes account of the primary objectives and drivers in a holistic and integrated way. All present knowledge is used to balance future constraints and demands from social, economic, cultural, political and environmental perspectives. Therefore, a commonly accepted Leitbild projects a specified trajectory for the future spatial structure, distribution, utilisation, condition and development of the socio-natural system. It provides a set of guidelines that shape actions, and a framework within which the impact of particular developments can be judged and socially negotiated.” p.617.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sharing of Knowledge: Culture, Community, Conceptual Spaces and Economics (Gärdenfors)

"Culture, in the form of interaction between people, may in itself generate constraints on conceptual spaces. For example, Freyd (1983) puts forward the intriguing proposal that conceptual spaces may evolve as a representational form in a community just because people have to share knowledge (Freyd 1983, pp. 193–194):

There have been a number of different approaches towards analyzing the structures in semantic domains, but what these approaches have in common is the goal of discovering constraints on knowledge representation. I argue that the structures the different semantic analyses uncover may stem from shareability constraints on knowledge representation. [. . . ] So, if a set of terms can be shown to behave as if they are represented in a three-dimensional space, one inference that is often made is that there is both some psychological reality to the spatial reality (or some formally equivalent formulation) and some innate necessity to it. But it might be that the structural properties of the knowledge domain came about because such structural properties provide for the most efficient sharing of concepts. That is, we cannot be sure that the regularities tell us anything about how the brain can represent things, or even “prefer” to, if it didn’t have to share concepts with other brains.
Here Freyd hints at an economic explanation of why we have conceptual spaces: they facilitate the sharing of knowledge." p.17.

From: Gärdenfors, P. (2004) Conceptual Spaces as a Framework for Knowledge Representation. Mind and Matter. Vol. 2(2), pp. 9–27. http://musicweb2.ucsd.edu/~sdubnov/Mu206/gaerdenfors.pdf

See also: http://hodges-model.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/books-on-my-list-life-information.html
(in particular - as will I - the book 'Why Information Grows')

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

More Human - istic?

subtitle: Hey, Steve, Tories, Labour, Liberals, Greens, DoH... over here!

More Human by Steve Hilton
            INTERPERSONAL  SCIENCES              
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Policy Exchange:
Steve Hilton discusses his new book More Human in conversation with Charles Moore


Book cover: Amazon

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Call for Papers: Infrastructures for healthcare (IHC) - Patient-centred Care and Patient-generated Data

Special Issue on the Health Informatics Journal

Infrastructures for healthcare (IHC): Patient-centred Care and Patient-generated Data

*Guest editors*

Enrico Maria Piras, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, piras AT fbk.eu
Gunnar Ellingsen, UIT – the Arctic University of Norway, gunnar.ellingsen AT uit.no

Information infrastructures are an integral part of western healthcare services. Regarded by policymakers, healthcare managers and healthcare providers as obligatory passage points to improve the provision of care and the overall efficiency of the healthcare systems, they have contributed to shape the existing landscape of healthcare provision and technological capabilities. Despite some failures and shortcomings, healthcare infrastructures have proven to be strategic assets. Over time they have provided support to clinical and administrative personnel in the recording and sharing of information in/across medical settings, streamlining of care processes, and providing decision support. In due course, many healthcare professions and medical practices have been re-defined by the pervasiveness of infrastructures and ICTs.

Health Informatics Journal
While these technologies have traditionally targeted professionals, in the last years there is a growing attention towards the inclusion of patients as actors with legitimate access to infrastructures. This is due to the new roles attributed by healthcare sector to patients, their relatives and caregivers. Patients are increasingly involved in their own care, with particular regards to prevention and self-management of chronic conditions. While this increases the burden of self-care, it also turns patients into legitimate “experts” of their own care. Moreover, patients have at their disposal a wide range of affordable and yet reliable medical devices, whose use is changing the locus of health information production. If few years ago patients could just measure body temperature by themselves, now they can have access to a wide range of tools for self-measuring purposes not to mention the giant steps of smartphone sensors and applications or wearable devices that allow constant monitoring of an growing number of parameters. This implies that patients do not only interact with an infrastructure, they are also an inherent part within it, and patients are less and less mere passive objects of representation and are rather becoming proactive subjects of care and health data production, “health information prosumers” (producer-consumer) so to say.

The integration of data produced by patients with the traditional medical information has been heralded by many as a new frontier of healthcare provision. To date, the healthcare sector have only partially responded to these challenges and development projects in this area have mostly targeted specific technologies at patients such as patient portals or personal health records. These systems, however, are often confined precincts rather than integral parts of a seamless web of communication and infrastructures. Accordingly the most part of existing healthcare infrastructures still reflects a provider-centred technology focus in a landscape increasingly dominated by a patient-centred discourse.

Providing access to healthcare infrastructure to patients, however, is easier said than done. It requires to face and solve relevant technical issues regarding such as privacy, security, robustness. Moreover, and more interesting in our perspective, it raises a number of matters that call into question the very heart of the patient-provider relationships. Should patients be given access to all their information? Should it be “translated” or accompanied by authoritative interpretation? Can patient generated data be considered reliable? Will providers be required to consider it? In short, patient access to healthcare infrastructures will probably be an arena of confrontation, conflict and cooperation for all the actors involved in the care process therefore becoming an intriguing lenses through which observing the both the evolving of healthcare provision and patient-provider relationship.

We wish to bring international researchers, healthcare professionals, IT professionals, administrators, and IT companies together to discuss these issues. We particularly invite contributions which methodologically are based on ethnographic/case/field studies.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Role of patients in shaping new patient-inclusive healthcare infrastructure;
  • Redesign, adaptation, modification of clinical healthcare infrastructure to grant access to patient;
  • Policies, regulations and restrictions in patients accessing their data through healthcare infrastructures;
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of Personal Health Records or patient portals;
  • Consequences of patient accessing their data through clinical healthcare infrastructures;
  • Methods to investigate patients’ data production and use;
  • Co-production and co-interpretation of health data between clinicians and patients;
  • Emerging roles and responsibility of patients as health data producers and managers;
  • Practices and cultures of self-quantification and self-tracking.
Submission guidelines

Maximum length: 6000 words including references

Full papers are to be submitted to HIJ online review system:

Select the special issue: "Infrastructures for healthcare (IHC): Patient-centred Care and Patient-generated Data"

Important dates

Initial submission of full papers: 31 October 2015
First round of reviews sent to authors: 8 January 2015
Revised paper from authors due: 29 February 2016
Second round of reviews sent to authors: 31 march 2016
Revised paper from authors due: 31 May 2016
Third editorial review: 30 June 2016
Revised paper from authors due: 30 August 2016
Publication anticipated: 31 October 2016

My source: stsgrad AT googlegroups.com

See also: http://hodges-model.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/5th-international-workshop-on.html

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Books on my list: Life & Information

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The Vital Question by Nick Lane

Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo

Times Higher Education: The Vital Question by Nick Lane

The Oxford Student (photo - Penguin Books): Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo

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Saturday, June 06, 2015

pLay: Spot the difference?

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Nurses get 1% pay rise

MPs should get 10% pay rise, says regulator

NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB)

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA)

BBC Radio 4: World At One 5 June 2015 clip Mark Field: "Many of my constituents wonder how it is that any MP could live on £70,000 a year"

Yahoo Finance: Sky News - UK Wage Growth Jumps To 2.7%

Definitions of: 'independent', 'upwards', 'downward', 'vocation'.

Source: link - The Guardian, and various media.

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

MINDCRAFT - Wellcome Collection c/o net magazine July 2015 UK

The gallery of inspirational sites in the July issue of net magazine features MINDCRAFT on p.45 (that's the paper copy, I spend enough time reading a screen).

MINDCRAFT, designed and developed by Clearleft showcases excellence in responsive web design, graceful degradation, interactions that serve the narrative, innovative scrolling and jQuery.

For me this a great opportunity to mix two passions: my career in mental health and an academic focus and interest. From the Welcome site:

Mindcraft explores a century of madness, murder and mental healing, from the arrival in Paris of Franz Anton Mesmer with his theories of 'animal magnetism' to the therapeutic power of hypnotism used by Freud. ...

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