- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this tool that can help integrate 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 (it might happen one day!!). See our bibliography, posts since 2006 and if interested please get in touch [@h2cm OR h2cmng AT yahoo.co.uk]. Welcome.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Book: The Silo Effect

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The Silo Effect
Image: Amazon.com

What are (or will be) the legacy issues that permeate your career*?
Integrated care?

We would never want 'parity of esteem' to mean 'parity of silo': would we?

*Assuming a 'career' continues to involve some sense of longevity (in healthcare 38 years)?

Related links:
Simon & Schuster: The Silo Effect
Financial Review: Why the silo effect makes us stupid

My source: Tett, G. (2015) Go Mingle, Have Fun. FT Weekend. Magazine, 22-23 August, pp. 30-33.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

‘Brain training’ app may improve memory and daily functioning in schizophrenia

Cambridge Advanced Training Programme
Credit: Peak

A ‘brain training’ iPad game developed and tested by researchers at the University of Cambridge may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at work and living independently, according to research published today. ... [3 August 2015].

My source: 
FT Weekend Magazine, 15/16 August 2015, p.41.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ethics and Best Practices in Sharing Individual-level Research Data

"Welcome to the Resource Centre for ethics and sharing individual-level research data. This Centre brings together resources about ethical best practices for data sharing, policies and processes for data curation and data sharing, and links to repositories for data sharing. Please participate in this online community by posting links to your resources, and questions and comments in the discussion group or a blog. ...
A new, open-access toolkit for researchers and data managers is released today, providing guidance, resources and an eLearning course about ethics and best practices of sharing individual-level health research data in LMICs." ...

My source: Alexis Segrt, The Global Health Network 2015 list

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Sunday, August 23, 2015


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Related links:

BBC news: Who do I really work for?

Office for National Statistics: Self-employed workers in the UK - 2014

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group of the Chartered Institute of Taxation: Self-employment

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Invite to BioCentre symposium - 15th Sept 2015 - "NURSE ANN DROID WILL SEE YOU NOW"

Will AI care providers empower and assist independence or exploit and intensify isolation?

Tuesday 15th September 2015, 2:30pm
Council Room, One Great George Street,
1 Great George Street,
Westminster, SW1P 3AA (just off Parliament Square)

Followed by a drinks reception

Technological and demographic change are among several drivers which are helping to shape our ever increasing globalised and developing world. We are living in unprecedented times. The increase in computational power and the explosion of devices which connect to the internet, forming the ubiquitous ‘Internet of Things’, offer extraordinary opportunities for data generation, collection and monitoring. The idea of embedding sensors and actuators in machines and other physical objects to bring them into a connected world without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction is steadily evolving.

There are now 11 million people aged 65 or over in the UK with 3 million people aged 80 or over. By 2050, estimates predict that the elderly will account for 16 percent of the global population. Research suggests that about three-quarters of elderly people will develop a social care need, which can include anything from help getting up in the morning to round-the-clock support in a residential home. Providing the most appropriate and effective forms of care (physically, emotionally and mentally) for these people will present an enormous challenge, so much so it is anticipated that there will be a shortage of professionals who are trained, equipped and willing to take on the responsibility.

According to the UK Government strategy for Robotics and Autonomous System 2015, is likely that robots and AI assisted appliances will take on the part of the role of care providers including meeting practical care needs, providing round-the-clock support and even providing a form of companionship. This is a striking technological and social development with widespread but poorly understood implications for the society as a whole.

Robotics and AI technologies could offer the opportunity to greatly increase the freedom and independence of the aging population, allowing people to stay in their homes for longer and facilitate their social lives. But what might be the dangers posed to civil and human rights? Technology can assist with the tasks of care but could it be exploited for the practice of care?

What should the future of care of the older person look like? What role should technology have to play in this? How can it make the future a better place for the older person?

As its focus for 2015 BioCentre is looking at the future impact and implications in AI and robotics in care of the older person. Join us as we explore and discuss this crucial subject with the aim of:

- Helping to contribute to future discussions by identifying and articulating what really is possible in the short to mid-term. What is literally just around the corner?
- Framing the key questions which therefore require our attention and response now.
- Evaluating which themes should be shaping the agenda now as the technologies advance. What is emerging in the not too distant future?


[+] PROF ARLENE ASTELL - Professor of Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare, University of Sheffield
[+] JACKIE MARSHALL-BALLOCH - Lead on Long Term Care Revolution, InnovateUK
[+] PROF NIGEL CAMERON - CEO of Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies; Executive Chairman of BioCentre
[+] Dr. LEON WILLIAMS - Director of Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), Cranfield University (invited)
[+] NICOLA BLACKWOOD MP - Chair of the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee (invited)

The event will consist of short speaker presentations followed by panel Q&A.

The event is FREE to attend but RSVPs are required. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nurse-ann-droid-will-see-you-now-will-ai-care-providers-empower-assist-independence-or-exploit-tickets-17981446992

[My source]
BioCentre, Matt James "matt.james at bioethics.ac.uk"
SOCIOTECH-INTERACTIONDESIGN Digest - 18 Jul 2015 to 20 Aug 2015 (#2015-2)

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bio-Psycho-Socio-Political expression

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"What have you got for me?"

"[Please] pass these on... do[h]!"
Life-Health-Death legacies

freedom of expression?

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book: The Man Who Closed the Asylums

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The Man Who Closed the Asylums: 
Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care

Acute care
Physical care

Mental health policy

Another book for the reading list!

Parity of Esteem
a function of:
distance, transparency, opaqueness, answerability, accountability ...?

A related resource on this theme.

Image source: Verso.

My source:
Wise, S. (2015) Taking over the asylums, FT Weekend, Life&Arts, 15-16 August. p.8.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Facilitator's guide for training in building trust and communication for frontline staff

Dear GANM members,

A colleague from the Global Capacities Alert and Response Department of the World Health Organization has asked me to disseminate the "Facilitator's guide for training in building trust and communication for frontline staff" which was designed to fill a gap in the current response to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

I think that it can be used in other settings as well.

Thanks for sharing it widely.

Best regards,


Michaela Michel-Schuldt
(m.michel-schuldt AT email.de)
Technical Officer Midwifery
Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch
Technical Division
Chemin des Anémones 11-13
CH-1219 Geneva, Switzerland

[ If not a member you will need to join and log-in: pj ]
* WHO training on trust building and communication EVD.pdf
  https://knowledge-gateway.org/?9gxv1bfk.tj0acjrj - 2.0MB

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

BCS SGAI: Real AI Day October 9th: What can AI do for you?


The BCS AI Specialist Group (SGAI) is pleased to announce a day on Artificial Intelligence in Action at the BCS London office on Friday October 9th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which we think will be an eye-opener for those who are not up to date with recent practical developments in this important field.

Organiser Dr Gilbert Owusu, Head of Resource Management Technologies Research at BT Research & Technology, says:

"Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques are in use in many business applications including fraud detection, speech recognition, fault diagnosis, game planning and resource management. Their applicability stems from the flexibility they provide in modelling and solving real world problems. 
Real AI 2015 will provide delegates with insights (case studies) into using AI to solve business problems. The case studies will outline the business problem and the steps taken to develop business applications of AI. Real AI is aimed at those using AI or who may be interested in understanding what AI can offer, and what it is doing right now."
Real AI 2015 includes presentations on
  • Designing large scale distributed participatory systems 
  • How To Survive An AI Winter 
  • Improving the efficiency of the construction industry by means of innovative GNSS-based AI approaches 
  • Ants, Mutants and beyond: combining formal and stochastic techniques to improve software 
  • Cognitive Analytics Tools
Real AI costs £90 + VAT for BCS members, £100 + VAT for non-members and only £50 + VAT for students. Group discounts are available.

Full details are at http://www.bcs-sgai.org/realai2015/
There is an online registration form at https://events.bcs.org/book/1620/

Max Bramer
Chair, BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

In order to listen... 4 holistic care...

As we 'listen' to patients, carers and others in need of care - verbally and non-verbally - we need for safety's sake to be aware of our starting point, where we are heading. Even if only roughly, amid raw emotions, pain, confusion, fear and hope that next step must be a safe one.

Is there a logic to the steps being taken? There may not be. Sometimes it is listening and being there. There may not be a clear destination, but how will we know when we have arrived at that point in-between? If the way becomes unclear, what signs do we read that might point to the need for an extra hand on the tiller?

Do we have the tools to remain oriented? Is there a compass-4-care? A re-source to map the journey we are both being taken upon?

If listening is but a part of holistic care, is there a tool we can utilise to integrate these many and yet unique journeys?

Source - title:
Alicea-Planas, J. (2015). Listening to the Narratives of Our Patients as Part of Holistic Nursing Care. Journal of Holistic Nursing, Volume XX, Number X, XXXX. doi:10.1177/0898010115591396

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Quantified Self that needs to be Qualified* (by definition)




Health-Life-Death Legacies
End of Life Care
Long-Term Chronic (Mental) Health Problems
Support Groups 3rd Sector
Acute Health Problems - Hospital
[ Primary Care Consultations
Accidents - Emergency Dept ]
Family/Self-Treated Complaints / Illnesses
'cuts and scrapes'



Public (Mental) Health

Where is the quantified self?
Where is health & well-being?
Aggregated data vs Aggregated experiences?
Public (mental) health: why so ungainly?
This rendering: service-centered vs person-centered.

Life chances and Health career are central to Hodges' model

*assuming health care services are available.
and : or
*assuming health literacy / education is enabled.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2nd International Workshop on The Role of Quantified Self for Personal Healthcare (QSPH’15)

######### QSPH’15, Washington D.C., USA, November, 2015 ###########

Workshop held in conjunction with IEEE BIBM 2015 in Washington D.C., USA


The aims of the workshop are to engage researchers from both Healthcare and Quantified Self communities to discuss key issues, opportunities and obstacles for personal health data research. These include challenges of capturing, summarizing, presenting and retrieving relevant information from heterogeneous sources to support a new vision of pervasive personal healthcare.


We invite submission of papers reporting relevant research in the area of self-tracking for healthcare. We welcome submissions across a broad scope, addressing any of the following guideline topics but not excluding others, relevant to the workshop goals.

- Personal Health Informatics
- Quantified Self for Healthcare
- Activity Monitors and Devices
- Self-Tracking
- Gamification
- Healthcare Knowledge Representation & Reasoning
- Health Data acquisition, analysis and mining
- Healthcare Information Systems
- Biomedical Signal/Image Analysis
- Validity, reliability, usability, and effectiveness of Self-Tracking devices
- Design of Experiments
- Social and Psychological investigation into Self-Tracking practices
- Health Monitoring in clinical and lifestyle environments
- Sensors and actuators for Wellness, Fitness and Rehabilitation
- Innovative Algorithms for assessment of long-term physiological and behavioural data
- Models for interpreting medical sensor data
- Lifelogging, lifecaching, lifestreaming
- Biometric data
- Medical Self-diagnostics


All manuscripts must be written in English and formatted following the IEEE 2-column format. We accept full papers (up to 8 pages) and short papers (up to 4 pages). Papers should be submitted using the online submission system available at:



Full/Short Papers Due: September 10th, 2015
Notification to Authors: September 30th, 2015
Camera-Ready: October 17th, 2015
Workshop: November, 2015 (exact date tbd)


Frank Hopfgartner, University of Glasgow, UK
Na Li, Dublin City University, IE
Till Plumbaum, TU Berlin, DE
Heather J. Ruskin, Dublin City University, IE
Huiru (Jane) Zheng, Ulster University, UK

[My source:]
To join or leave the Caring Technology Research Announcement List, go to
Announcement archives:

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Robots, surgery, resources and policy

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"A proliferation of centres offering robotic surgery should be avoided ...

until a national policy can be developed." p.14.

da Vinci Surgery

Clinical Commissioning Policy: Robotic-Assisted Surgical Procedures for Prostate Cancer, Draft for Public Consultation: NHS England.

The Robot Report

Dunhill, L. (2015) Robot wars over specialist site, Health Service Journal, 8 July. 125: 6453, p.14.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

c/o V&A: 'You Know, You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection'

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Designer: Frida Escobedo

Frida Escobedo 'You Know, You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection'

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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Call for Papers: Special issue - Community Informatics and Data Literacy

Journal of Community Informatics (http://ci-journal.net) Submissions due 30th September.

A special issue of the international Journal of Community Informatics (http://ci-journal.net) will be devoted to Data Literacy. Community Informatics (CI) is the study and the practice of enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). This special issue will focus on the role of data literacy in using ICT to empower and enable communities. The issue is expected to be published in June 2016. The Journal of Community Informatics is a focal point for the communication of research of interest to a global network of academics, community informatics practitioners and national and multi-lateral policy makers.

Call for papers

The field of CI seeks to explore the potential of information and communication technologies and their applications for social and economic development efforts at the community level. It particularly seeks to ensure that marginalized individuals and communities can benefit from the opportunities that ICTs can provide. Increasingly data literacy has been identified as a requirement to make effective use of these opportunities. However, very little attention has been paid to defining what data literacy means or how it can be achieved.

Data literacy refers to the skills, knowledge and context needed to make effective use of data on the web. It includes the ICT skills to find, access and manipulate data; the statistical and subject matter skills to interpret and use the data; and also the context needed to provide the opportunity and motivation to use the data. It can be seen as a characteristic of an individual or a community. Recently there have been calls for greater data literacy from communities as diverse as the open data movement (who see it as essential if open data is to fulfil its promise of greater transparency and engagement) and the citizen science movement (who see it as required for citizens to understand, engage in, and support science). This raises fundamental concerns in CI such as the power of those who are data literate relative to those who are not, and the right of experts to demand skills of the population as a whole. However, these debates need to be underpinned with a clearer and more detailed description of what data literacy is and why it is needed. Work on data literacy has remained the preserve of educationalists and librarians, but the increased use of data in many areas has created a pressing need for a more multi-disciplinary view.

For this special issue of the Journal on Data Literacy, we are inviting submissions of original, unpublished articles. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
  • What do we mean by data literacy?
  • Why do we need data literacy?
  • How should data literacy be achieved?
  • What are the broader political, social and philosophical implications of data literacy?
  • What are the practical implications of data literacy?
We welcome research articles, along with case studies and notes from the field. All research articles will be double blind peer-reviewed. Insights and analytical perspectives from practitioners and policy makers in the form of notes from the field or case studies are also encouraged - these will not be peer-reviewed.

Closing date for submission of full papers:
30 September 2015

Submission Process & Guidelines

Authors need to register with the Journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Guest editors:
Alan Tygel
Mark Frank
Johanna Walker
Judie Attard

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Respect, Respect, Respect...

Respect, respect. respect! respect?

What is it exactly that you say you respect?

What do you hear?
What do you think I hear?
What do you see?
What do you think I see?
What do you think I feel?

Where does awareness lie?

What is insight?
What is hindsight?

What is fore foursight?

Which do we value the most?

How far apart are we in what this means to you, me, us?

When I hear the word 'respect' I reach for the sceptre that is person-centredness...


Mental Life and Death in Squares*

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Monday, August 03, 2015

SEMEOTICONS: Reflecting self-care

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My source:
Dean, J. Smart mirror will reflect the state of your health. The Times, July 29 2015. p.13.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

'Noah' meet Cecil?

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METROLYRICS - Frank Sinatra: Noah

United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) Paris Nov-Dec 2015

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Open Resources for Nurse Educators (OR4NED)

Since 2004, Bangladesh Health Project volunteers have been supporting nurse education in Bangladesh.

We have learned that the global shortage of nurses is made worse by an even greater shortage of capable nurse educators. When we started the BSN program in Bangladesh, we had to develop all curriculum materials ourselves. Since then we have shared our materials with similar projects in Bangladesh and elsewhere. To avoid others’ reinvention, we decided to offer  our BSN curriculum as an Open Educational Resource [OER] to support novice nurse educators in less developed countries.

We will post on the internet all our English-medium resources – PowerPoint lectures, student and teacher references, exams and assignments, clinical checklists and policies. It is true that there are many medical and nursing OER materials already. However what is unique about our project is that we have created an integrated package linking components from our own and other sources with field-tested educational goals and graduate competencies. This is not intended to be an off-the-shelf solution- the OER will need some tailoring to suit the local context. Under the Creative Commons license, the OER materials can be adapted and used freely by educational institutions offering nursing degrees, and by associations, councils and other groups that provide continuing professional development for nurse educators. We have posted at www.or4ned.com two sample courses and a Teachers’ Guide for beginning educators when using the OER.

Since we are self-financed, we are seeking volunteers to assist us with editing the OER materials. We would also like advice about potential partners or funders for this task. And of course we are happy to share the course content that we have already developed.

Future phases of the work will include enhancing the OER with multimedia resources; evaluating use of the OER in various settings, and developing a community of practice to update the OER.

Our OER website provides more information. We welcome your suggestions and advice. You can contact us at info AT or4ned.com.

Alex Berland RN MSc
Director, Bangladesh Health Project
Senior Adviser, Health Sciences, IUBAT, Bangladesh
Adjunct Professor, School of Pop'n and Public Health, UBC, Canada
t: (Canada)
e: aberland AT telus.net
skype: Alex.Berland

My source: HIFA2015

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