Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD: June 2017

- learn about the conceptual framework Hodges' model. A tool that can help integrate HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model is situated, facilitates person-centredness, integrated - holistic care and reflective practice. A new site using Drupal is an ongoing aim - the creation of a reflective workbench. Email: h2cmng @ yahoo.co.uk Welcome

Friday, June 30, 2017

Book: Selfie

humanistic ----------------------------------------- mechanistic
group - population

Cellfie image: The Telegraph

Sunday, June 25, 2017

anatomy of a suicide

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group - population

Photo source: Anatomy of a Suicide production images (Stephen Cummiskey)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Evidence for simplicity, genericity, openness and holistic competence

N-th mover to Integrated, Person-Centered and Holistic Care

walk the talk, sour grapes, or holistic humbug?

Although, sadly (and all down to me) I stepped off the PhD programme with an MRes, the intention was not to bring my journey with Hodges' model to a close. The joke of course with this model is that you are always presented with a crossroads. As I've written previously (even in draft!) this model is a baton to pass on to others. If the workforce of the 1970s to date evaluates its contribution to health care change and progress, then while the achievements speak for themselves, the challenges* that remain still shout out:
  1. parity of esteem 
  2. integrated - co-ordinated and collaborative care
This week I received an email, purely as a list member I must add:
NHS Innovation Accelerator 
Applications for the 2017 NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) are now open. For 2017, the NIA is seeking local, national and international innovations that address the following NHS priorities:

·         Mental Health
·         Urgent and Emergency Care
·         Primary Care

The above is now closed but I immediately thought about Hodges' model, given that from the information provided mental health is a priority and a top priority for citizens. Plus, the things that can make a difference to problems:
  • Suicide and relapse prevention
  • Access and availability with a focus on perinatal, children and young people, dementia and psychological therapies
  • Early identification and intervention to minimise the impact on a person’s life, the likelihood of escalation and, in some cases, the chances of survival
  • Care closer to home including self-care and access to services at home, in a primary or community setting
  • Holistic care of both mental and physical health needs including prevention, screening and treatment for those at greatest risk of poor physical health   
"There are many innovations available to improve mental health services, however they are not always used..."

There are however a series of requirements, which present a stumbling block as high impact evidence is lacking.

The purpose of NHS Innovation Accelerator lies in the name. The target is established initiatives and projects that would benefit the NHS and others from a boost of further momentum and leadership support including funding and mentoring. Hodges' model is far from this, but the call is interesting nonetheless.

Reading the details I can argue, for example, that Hodges' model is immediately applicable across the life-span. The model is already designed, but in use the model could be said to meet the requirement of being co-designed with people (including carers, where appropriate). I have used the model with patients and carers (young and adult) who have lived experience of mental illness. With some consideration of the patient, carer, as I have stressed here before on W2tQ the model is accessible to a diverse population. Critically, the delivery of the most significant benefit in terms of outcomes and cost savings needs proof.

It seems that many of the world's problems could be ameliorated through education. This has been evidenced for decades and yet globally there are those who politicise their respective educational system, or even worse deny sections of a society access to education.

In healthcare how can we demonstrate the effectiveness of what is basically a back-of-an-envelope tool? While not a solution Hodges' model helps us to resolve the constituents of healthcare demand and supply, to critically analyse and synthesize - what is going on? I'm sure Hodges' model is just one of many local 'innovations' (in this case created in NW England) that are not evidenced and are therefore missed. Why is this? It may be that the model needs to be re-discovered since being invented somewhere else, by somebody else makes it a non-starter. Similarly, reading the information 'model of care' always grabs my attention:

Your innovation can be a device, digital app or platform, 
a service, process, pathway or model of care

But as is often the case, this is framed in service commissioning, funding, delivery and yes patient outcomes terms. Devices, apps, platforms and services can be specified to a high degree. This is essential to success in research (as is dissemination). Aims and objectives can then be clearly defined, outcomes can be recognised and measured. Processes and pathways are perhaps more fuzzy? These are all important tools, aspects and contexts in health care.

My frustration is that this and similar research formulations seem to exclude tools and resources that are by their nature intentionally simple, holistic, generic and cognitive-reflective. The "model of care" is broken. A whole systems approach# is needed that incorporates education and with it prevention and staying well; plus caring for those affected by illness and disease. We have to honour the legacy problems that the political, education and health systems have 'delivered'. Even if not broken the model of care is missing its twin, the model of life-style choices'.

I still believe there is a model - a conceptual framework - that must precede the (politicised?) model of care, if health and social care are to be truly transformed. Without this, well yes the NHS can accelerate, staff have demonstrated this repeatedly while negotiating all sorts of obstacles. The line of travel will however be circular; circular, but without the discoveries and change gifted to the particle physicists.

humanistic ----------------------------------------- mechanistic
group - population


mental health

cognitive access

benefits - outcomes




primary care, accident and emergency

physical access



social care


public engagement



'model of care'

education system


cost savings

My source: 
Irina Johnston
CHAIN Administrative Assistant

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  1. parity of esteem (a very broad interpretation - the comparison and contrasts between mental health and physical care on several levels - demand, supply, funding, research, integration, staffing, policy, outcomes, evidence-base, social determinants...)
  2. integrated - co-ordinated and collaborative care (this is not one thing, but several. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Care that is truly integrated will also be co-ordinated and collaborative.
This is not recourse to jargon, Hodges' model implies several systems from the outset.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

There's finding home and then there's Finding Home...

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group - population


Finding home


powerless power powerful

My source: Bloomberg

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pointing to the gap: Social Determinants of Health in Hodges' model

Recent discussion on a HIFA forum included mention of the Social Determinants of Health SDH and inequality. Revising the draft paper on h2cm and threshold concepts (abstract to follow soon) social determinants arose in references there also (Aronsson, 2016).

I realised that I have not stressed enough how readily (and obviously) Hodges' model facilitates reflection and critical thinking about SDH. Hodges' model can really come into its own in this particular application.

So, just in case I take Hodges' model for granted in its potential utility, below I have drawn on the following figure (the findings within will no doubt vary over time and with further research).

By Jsonin - Created this open source diagram for our research into standard human data elements Previously published: http://determinantsofhealth.org, CC BY 4.0, Link
I have mapped the main percentage items to Hodges' model below. Clearly there is great deal of overlap; what for example, is the effect of the physical environment upon individual behaviours? Medicine and medical care does not just rest upon several sciences, but it is inherently political and about power.

Throughout my career and many others I am sure, there is an accompanying gap. It follows us around from the initial educational encounters through to our very latest mandatory training and CPD exercises. Whilst educational in being the theory-practice gap, applying SDH to Hodges' model reveals a much greater gap that politically is still being fought over...

humanistic ----------------------------------------- mechanistic
group - population
individual behaviour

physical environment
medical care
genetics and biology



As if we needed to be 'told':

This space suggests that there really is 
still much more to do.

To those who would say: 
"We have done so much!" 
I would say: 
"But, we have only 
scratched the surface of 
the three 'easiest' care domains."

The 38% attributed to an individual's behaviour is a further source of evidence for Hodges' model as a resource for education and personal change.

Aronsson, J. (2016). Transformative sustainability learning within the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Community Practitioner, 89(1), 20-21.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Health Inequality: TB, Trauma and Technology - c/o BBC Radio 4

One of the joys of working in the community is that while travelling I can often catch the radio. Being on a 10-6 today I was even better placed to listen to 'Start the Week'. Even though there's the web iPlayer ... sometimes maybe it's a case of real time - real thinking...

It is a very engaging conversation that - as I listened - spoke directly to Hodges' model: but I would say that (not sure about the real thinking though..!).

BBC Radio 4 Start the Week (19 June 2017) Health Inequality: TB, Trauma and Technology

BBC Radio 4 Start the Week:

In reference to a book there is mention of organisational justice, which I will add to the post on the Grenfell Tower disaster.

I've a related post to follow after midnight UK on social determinants of health. Thank you for your ongoing interest.

Additional tags:
#psychiatry #information #basic needs #shelter #authority #uncertainty #friends #community #location #crisis #war #globalhealth #book #resilience #care #stigma #neglect #institution #community #technology #outcomes #research #services #internet

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Compartmentalisation of Grief and Tragedy: RIP

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a person


(timeframe: grief)

(timeframe: Why)

(timeframe: answers)
to questions that should not need be asked 
(again and again....)





flight OR fight





a house
a house
a house
a house
Fire a house fighting
Fire a house fighting
Fire a house fighting
Fire a house fighting

strength of towers
cladding - facade

material science

introducing: dead space


property: transparency vs opaque

(time-frame: risk, evidence)



a group of people

family friends

social housing

a community

the most terrible of good-byes

Towers of Strength


(timeframe: social justice)



introducing: a 'new' home



material evidence

facade - cladding

££ value $$

Health & Safety Law

Building regulations

(timeframe: Public Inquiry)
(timeframe: ACTION)



'political correctness'?


introducing: another Public Inquiry

Some reflections on the tragic event at Grenfell Tower, London, UK.

Personal note: In posting this, of course, I do not wish to trivialise the enormity of what has happened, the point is that even in disasters - across the world, tools are needed to reflect, think critically, to support learning in order to ultimately assure a safer future for all...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Boxing 'II'

As young children we may encounter 'boxing' quite early on. This first experience, which we may or may not wholly remember is undoubtedly critical to our personality and subsequent psyche. Such early experiences influence our ability to 'look after ourselves', how we deal with bullies, anxiety, the potential for conflict and develop assertiveness skills. When a 'scrap' happens it can be quite sudden, that total impact of everything out of control, sheer danger and literal impacts. The environment might be nursery, playground, cloak room and the presence of peers as onlookers can be another key factor.

In the late 1960s early 70s I found some old boxing gloves under the stairs at my nan's. I had a handful of uncles on mum's side (just two now - Uncles Tom and Ken!) and the gloves had clearly been swung and jabbed down the line. I don't count myself as a fighter, unless someone tries to push their beliefs - without invitation - down my throat. Then it will be more a case of a reflex action. The 'arc' being comprised of vomit. In the school playground I learned to talk my way out of trouble, resorting to humour at times; as you learn to deploy whatever intellect you might have judiciously. Legs are essential to a boxer:

“First your legs go. Then you lose your reflexes. Then you lose your friends”
Willie Pep

My legs helped me a time or two.

Not too many years ago, so a new generation is in the frame and a nephew had boxing gloves of his very own. He trained with a local club and had some fights. I didn't go watching, but didn't make too big a big fuss either. He doesn't box now as it happens; he's married with family and busy earning a living. Over four decades I've cared for several gentleman, former boxers who developed dementia. Hence, my lack of enthusiasm. (Although the selective literature listed below does not reflect it, women's boxing is of course also well established.) The extent to which boxing caused their dementia is not the point here. It's trying to acknowledge the ongoing debate: the risks, the history (Ancient Greece 688BC), the discipline, sense of belonging and self-respect it can instill. Of course a great many sports can do this. Of course, I listened very attentively as one gent could still relate how perhaps he had been 'used' in terms of the fights and purses back in the 50s-60s. Vulnerable adults of today and yesteryear. Today American Football is concerned about head injuries, in football heading the ball repeatedly is in the news. Technology should be able to reduce the risks even more and protect individuals from injury that is obvious and more insidious in nature.

Some of these points I've considered in Hodges' model as follows:

humanistic ---------------------------------------  mechanistic




dementia - cognitive damage

personality change


tactics  strategy

motivation training attitude



mental health - mental capacity


Personal safety

boxing technique

reflexes speed movement balance

punching fitness

weight, reach, statistics


stamina nutrition hydration


exposure models

unconscious knockout

Head - Brain injuries

physics: force time (duration) momentum

technology - sensor equipped gloves

Sports Medicine Research
Safety - Evidence

Medical risks


Coaches <-> Boxers

Support network


personal history-family
sports history

trainer friends club

Sporting behaviour

family friends
Rules (changes)

Conflict Power

promotion media finance

codification rules

Amateur Professional


Regulating bodies





Selective reading:

Sacha, J. (2017). Fighting Feelings. Sociological Perspectives, 60(1), 77-94.

Erlanger, D. (2015). Exposure to sub-concussive head injury in boxing and other sports. Brain Injury, 29(2), 171-4.

Falvey, &., & Mccrory, P. (2015). Because not all blows to the head are the same. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 49(17), 1091.

Mcintosh, A., & Patton, D. (2015). Boxing headguard performance in punch machine tests. British Journal of Sports Medicine, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 14 July 2015.


See related post 2016: 'Boxing' I

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The Care Domains: Where numbers count...

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Intra- Interpersonal Skills

"All the monoliths, though they vary greatly in size, were fashioned to the exact proportions of 1:4:9, the squares of the integers 1, 2, and 3."

"The rise of capitalism in China resulted in the demise of the "iron rice bowl", under which the state-owned industries provided pensions. Retirees now have to fend largely for themselves or rely on their children, but the collapsing fertility rate has led to the infamous "1-2-4" problem in which a single working-age adult will eventually have to support two parents and four grandparents." p.219.

"2 for 1 offer"
Naylor Report

So let's listen to the wisdom of the four elders...

2001: A Space Odyssey Wiki

Ford. M. (2015) Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, London: Oneworld Publications. p.219.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

A UK Charter for Health

Dear PoHG supporter

A UK Charter for Health

During this election campaign the NHS and its financial cost are quite rightly of enormous significance. People clearly care about the principles on which the NHS is founded – fairness, equity and public provision. It’s time to broaden the debate and apply those principles to the wider social and economic causes of ill health.

Now we have a tool with which you can work to get health equity onto the political agenda during this final week of the election campaign. We are attaching the UK Charter for Health, developed by PoHG, The Equality Trust and Birmingham City University over the last twelve months. Please use it to ask your local candidates to support the goals of this charter and compare their party's manifesto proposals to the policy suggestions in Figure 1.

It is only by shifting policy upstream towards prevention of illness and promotion of health that the financial cost of treatment through the NHS will be brought under control.

But don’t stop when the election is over! Please promote the charter amongst your networks and colleagues – put it up in your workplace, talk about it with your friends and fellow workers, press your local health authorities and councils to adopt it. For our part PoHG will continue to refine, develop and promote the charter nationally.

With best wishes

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(Co-chairs of PoHG)

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