- 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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gagné nine events in E-learning

In checking through more books, I revisited Khan and Ally's International Handbook of E-Learning. Chapter 10 by Florence Martin includes several models for instructional design. My in-situ pencil notes from 2015 reminded me of Figure 10.1 "Adaptation of Gagné's nine events" (Gagné and Driscoll, 1988).

I found a version on Pinterest:

Gagné's nine events

Martin and others refer to "Present Stimulus" as "Present the Content" and this is what stands out. If Hodges' model was realised within an online reflective workbench then the student would be engaged in creating the content. The student becomes the stimulus, generating the content.

Pinterest provides another version which sums up quite nicely the potential of Hodges' model. It was brainstorming and developments in mind-mapping that prompted my interest. Structure can gain attention. Structure might also invite interaction. Hodges' model presents a space in which the contents might be manipulated? The initial blank space might also indicate an objective. A series of care or knowledge domains may also invite reflection on a practical experience, a patient or carer encounter.

Gagné's nine events

What follows from Present the content in Gagné's nine events remains a challenge, but if you understand what Hodges' model is and its application then you may also see its potential.

Martin, F. (2015) E-learning Design-From Instructional Events to Elements, Chapter 10. In Badrul H. Khan, & Mohamed Ally (Eds) International Handbook of E-LearningVolume 1, Oxford: Routledge. pp. 153-170.

With regards to putting a pile of books together for a trip to Hay-on-Wye these handbooks Vols 1 & 2 are keepers.

Monday, November 27, 2017

NW England - UCLAN: Principles and Methods of Systematic Review Course 2018

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached the details for the upcoming Principles and Methods of Systematic Review Course, January – April 2018 to be held at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

This successful course has previously run as a training opportunity for UCLan staff and is now available as a post-graduate assessed module ‘NU4094 Principles and Methods of Systematic Review’.

Do you work in Health or Social Care and need to access evidence for practice or policy development?

Would you like to earn 20 credits for completing NU4094?

Are you looking to further advance your skills in review methods for your practice or teaching?

Then this course is for YOU!

All sessions are free to those not wishing to undertake assessment or to those who wish to only attend ad-hoc sessions.

Undertaking the full module with assessment will cost £880 approximately.

For registration and further details please contact rsenquiries AT uclan.ac.uk

Please feel free to forward this on.

Thank you

Asha Maqsood | Clerical Assistant (Research) | Research Support Team | Faculty of Health and Wellbeing | Brook Building BB417 | University of Central Lancashire | Preston | Lancashire | PR1 2HE | * amaqsood1 AT uclan.ac.uk / rsenquiries AT uclan.ac.uk ( 01772 893653

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Barefoot Thinking

As Leadbeater described through Illich in the previous post we need a transformation from healthcare supplied as a service to individual personal responsibility for health and wellbeing. How can this be brought about though?

The power of grassroots, social movements is well established, even if since 2009 the idealism of the Internet as a force for positive change and democracy has been somewhat undermined.

As a force for positive change and exposing the thinking and skills of the poor, Leadbeater also highlights the creation of the Barefoot College by Bunker Roy and barefoot thinking. The poor do have skills and knowledge that can effect change and community growth.

Situated and capable across all contexts, Hodges' model can help facilitate personal responsibility and self-care. In addition to supporting the learning of health and social care professionals, Hodges' model can also provide a conceptual scaffold as barefoot thinkers redefine professionalism.

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My source: Leadbeater, C. (2009) WE-THINK. 2nd ed., London: Profile Books.
(Now in the book pile destined for Hay-on-Wye)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Health Systems Design: Service Vs Personal Responsibility

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Personal Responsibility


We have been schooled to regard health as a service delivered to us, when it should primarily be a responsibility we all exercise. In The Limits to Medicine Ivan Illich described a health system based on personal responsibility rather than service.
"Success in this personal task is in large part the result of the self-awareness, self-discipline, and inner resources by which each person regulates his own daily rhythm and actions, his diet and sexual activity... The level of public health corresponds to the degree to which the means and responsibility for coping with illness are distributed among the population."

My source: Leadbeater, C. (2009) WE-THINK. 2nd ed., London: Profile Books. p.152.
(... and an interesting way to write and produce a book):

See also - related to media:


Surgery, Medicine and Nursing: Art & Science

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My source: Various - newspaper reviews, visits to Waterstones, Foyles, & Hatchards

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Pay "Nurse Kathy" ?

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Kathy ...

HK$31,000,000 - 41,000,000

My source: FT Weekend, Arts, 18-19 November 2017, p.16.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Southern Sudan Medical Journal - November 2017

Dear SSMJ Reader,

We are pleased to announce that the November 2017 issue of the South Sudan Medical Journal is now on our website - South Sudan Medical Journal. This issue means the journal has now been published for 10 years – we thank the many people who have made this possible: the SSMJ Editorial Board, the editing, IT and reviewing teams, and everyone who has submitted articles.

You can download this issue as a PDF or the individual articles listed below:

SSMJ marks ten years of continuous quarterly publication
With this issue in November 2017, the South Sudan Medical Journal marks its tenth anniversary of continuous uninterrupted quarterly publication since the first issue in February 2008.

Midwives’ knowledge and use of partographs at Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan 
The study found that despite good knowledge of the partograph, about half of the providers do not use them. We recommend training and recruitment of more qualified midwives.

Frequency and causes of ocular trauma among children attending Mulago Hospital Eye Department
The frequency of ocular trauma amongst children attending Mulago Hospital is high, one in every five children seen at the eye clinics had ocular trauma.

Multi-disciplinary stroke care in developing countries – lessons from the Wessex-Ghana Stroke Partnership 
Stroke care is multifaceted and complex, and therefore any approach to developing specialised stroke care must take the various facets into account.

Facial and eye injury following a fridge cylinder gas explosion 
Gas cylinder explosions may result in life threatening and severe ocular injury if not properly managed. Early presentation and effective management resulted in good facial healing and vision in this patient.

The health of South Sudanese refugees: one million and counting.

UK South Sudan Alliance launched.

Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery: Aspiring for Growth. 

Obituary: William Lual Gang. 

We thank those of you who completed our recent survey of the website. The results are being collated and will be shared when they are ready – and the winners of the prizes will be announced.

Please continue to support the journal by sending us items for future issues. So send us articles on your research, case reports, and clinical guidance, as well as news of projects, and relevant photographs. We can help you prepare these for publication (and see ‘Information for Authors’ which has been updated). We welcome letters to the editor and questions. Send your contributions to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Edward Luka at admin AT southernsudanmedicaljournal.com

All previous issues of the journal are in the Archive section, and you can ‘search’ for particular items.

If you are not already a member, join our Facebook Group and share your news and experiences. You can follow us on twitter: @SSMedJournal. Other people can be added to our mailing list by clicking here.

SSMJ is now a member of African Journals Online – visit this site to find out more about the advantages of being a member of AJOL.

Kind regards,
The SSMJ team

My source: SSMJ mailing list (hence format)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"Hallucination Machine" = Humanistic insights?

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See also:

Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Video source - Wired How scientists are manipulating the mind with VR

[Preprint] The Hallucination Machine: A Deep-Dream VR platform for Studying the Phenomenology of Visual Hallucinations
Keisuke Suzuki, Warrick Roseboom, David J. Schwartzman, Anil K. Seth
bioRxiv 213751; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/213751

My source:
Moody, O. (2017) Trip without the high on Sussex University’s hallucination machine, The Times,  20 November. p.21.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Call for Evidence: Outdoor Recreation, Families and Wellbeing

Dear all,

Please find below the call for evidence for the Culture and Sport evidence programme's review on outdoor recreation, families and wellbeing. Please do share with your networks - either by forwarding this email or sending people this link <https://www.whatworkswellbeing.org/blog/call-for-evidence-outdoor-recreation-families-and-wellbeing/>.

The deadline for submissions is 13 Dec 2017.

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is reviewing the evidence on how participating in outdoor recreation can affect the wellbeing of families.


There is evidence being outdoors in the natural environment- whether ‘green’ (land-based) or ‘blue’ (water-based)- benefits our physical and mental health, and wellbeing. It has been shown to improve mood and self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, and impact positively on social relations.

Evidence also suggests that an adult or child’s physical activity and engagement in outdoor environments is impacted by whether their family encourages or resists these pursuits.

The aim of this systematic review is to assess the self-reported wellbeing outcomes of outdoor recreation in family contexts and examine the processes by which these wellbeing outcomes are achieved.

  • What? We will look at participation in recreational outdoor activities (in which family members are watching or taking part) and where the intervention is designed to enhance wellbeing.
  • Who? Families – whether they live in the same household or not. This will include any group of 2 or more people who are in a relationship or related to each other – whether they are siblings, parents/children, or other members of family networks.
  • How? The review will also look at examples of the process by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved.
  • Types of activities may include: games, exercise, outdoor adventure and recreation, walking & hiking, cycling, riding, skating, picnics, surfing, swimming, bird watching, camping, angling, sailing, geocaching, etc.
  • Outdoor spaces may include: streets, parks, mountains, beaches, allotments, rivers & canals, and other ‘green’ or ‘blue’ spaces, etc.

We are looking for good quality evidence that can help us answer these questions, in particular ‘grey literature’.

By grey literature we mean “literature that is not formally published in sources such as books or journal articles.” This may be produced by charities, governments, businesses, community groups and others; and may include reports, theses or dissertations, trials, and more.

In this instance we are looking for evaluation reports.

We are looking for evidence that meets the following criteria:
  • submissions must be evaluation reports only
  • reports submitted must be completed in the past 10 years (2007-2017) and include author details (individuals, groups or organisations). We can only accept evidence which can be made publicly available.
  • evaluation methods may be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods
  • the central report objective must be the measurement of wellbeing outcomes and/or evaluation of the processes by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved

Please send your submissions electronically to the What Works Centre for Wellbeing
evidence AT whatworkswellbeing.org
- with the subject line Call for evidence: families and outdoor recreation.

All submissions should be received by 13 December 2017.

Please note that evidence can only be reviewed for inclusion in the work of the Culture and Sport programme if submitted through this call. Evidence submitted to individual researchers in the programme cannot be considered. If you have previously sent documents to the culture and sport team please re-submit through this call.


You can find the full research protocol for this review on PROSPERO<https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?RecordID=80429>, at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y8xcqewb

Read our latest report on Gender, unemployment and wellbeing https://www.whatworkswellbeing.org/blog/gender-unemployment-complex/

Ingrid Abreu Scherer
Programme Manager
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Edward Rudolf House - Margery Street
London - WC1X 0JL

My source: Pennington, Andy
c/o Politics of Health Group Mail List
Visit the PoHG website for lots of interesting links and publications: http://www.pohg.org.uk/
PoHG on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/282761111845400
Follow us on Twitter: @pohguk

Monday, November 13, 2017

... graph portability ...

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care graph portability

care graph portability

social graph portability

& care graph portability

care graph portability

Of course, social graph portability and care graph portability do not bear comparison. Social graph portability is still contested as the media reveals. But 'care graph portability' is stretching it...

In this post I wish to point out the internal transactions (conceptual portability - facets - patterns) that are needed to achieve person centred and holistic care at the individual level. This can then be integrated. Throughout an individual episode of care, to recovery and staying well this 'care graph portability' can be said to be achieved through reflective practice that also engages the patient and carer(s) to facilitate self-care and health literacy. This is true portability in the care context.

See also:
Is social graph portability workable?

My source: Harford, T. (2017) How to poke Facebook off its perch, FT Weekend, 4-5 November, p.12.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happiness! Happiness! ...

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(One of the 4P's in Hodges' model)

The Blue Zone

Quality of Life -
4 All?

World Happiness Report 2017

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Due South - 360 degree perspectives

Andy Goldsworthy "Touching North" (1989)

Being a cultural theorist the concept of ‘the south’ is particularly interesting to me (as are the other points of the compass, since they are often set in binaries and have values attached to them when set in opposition – for example the North/South divide in Britain). Coverley begins the introduction by showing us a 17th century map of the south pole and then describes the work by the artist Andy Goldsworthy entitled Touching North (1989) (see below). Touching North was situated at the North Pole, with the four individual parts of the sculpture facing each other and also outwards, with holes in the centre providing them with an opening which enabled them a space accessible from anywhere and everywhere. Coverley says that the sculpture “demonstrates how the directions of the compass may effectively be rendered meaningless: emerge through any of the four arches and one finds oneself heading south” (page 9). From:

interpersonal : science
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sociology : political





Photo: "Touching North" from:

Additional link:

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

New technologies have tremendous potential for improving healthcare in the Global South c/o Fondation Pierre Fabre

Dear all,

The Fondation Pierre Fabre announces a call for project proposals to identify and support health initiatives using information and communication technologies (ICT) with high potential for application in the Global South.

The call for project proposals, accepting submissions through 30 January 2018, is open to pilot or operational projects using ICT to improve access to quality healthcare and medicines in the Global South.

Project sponsors may submit their initiatives by completing the online form [http://www.odess.io/suggest-an-initiative.html]. The projects selected will be listed in the Global South eHealth Observatory.

Then a second form has to be filled up to apply for the awards. An expert panel will study the submitted projects and the winners of one year support from Fondation Pierre Fabre will be invited to the Annual Conference on 2 July 2018, at the Foundation’s headquarters (Lavaur, France), to accept their prizes.

More information here: http://bit.ly/2lIwtPD

Version française:

La Fondation Pierre Fabre lance un appel à candidatures pour repérer et soutenir les initiatives e-santé à fort potentiel dans les pays du Sud.

Ouvert jusqu’au 30 janvier 2018, l’appel à candidature est ouvert aux projets pilotes ou en exploitation utilisant les technologies de l’information et de la communication pour améliorer l’accès aux soins et aux médicaments de qualité dans les pays du Sud. Les porteurs de projets sont invités à soumettre leur initiative en remplissant le formulaire en ligne. Les projets retenus seront référencés dans l’Observatoire de la E-Santé dans les pays du Sud.

Une fois le formulaire de référencement envoyé, les porteurs de projet pourront postuler pour concourir aux prix de l’Observatoire. Un Jury examinera les projets soumis et les lauréats ayant remporté un accompagnement d’un an par la Fondation Pierre Fabre seront invités à recevoir leur prix lors de la conférence du 2 juillet 2018, au siège de la Fondation (Lavaur, France).

Plus d’informations ici http://bit.ly/2lIwtPD


Best Regards,

Domaine d’En Doyse
Route de Saint Sulpice
81500 LAVAUR

HIFA profile: Lea Matel is a project manager at the Pierre Fabre Foundation in France. Professional interests: e-Health, Public health programs/ initiatives. lea.matel AT fondationpierrefabre.org

My source:
HIFA: Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa.org
HIFA Voices database: www.hifavoices.org

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

UK: The assessment of risk and safety in mental health services


Managing the safety of patients in mental health services is a core function. A variety of tools or scales are being used in mental health services, some of which are locally developed and typically not validated. In 36% of suicides the quality of risk assessment was considered unsatisfactory (NCISH). We are conducting a nationwide evaluation of safety management in the UK.

Aims of the study

  • What are the views of mental health professionals, service users and carers on the safety planning process in mental health services and how this could be improved? 
  • Which risk assessment tools are currently being used in mental health services in the UK? 
  • How are these tools being used prior to suicide? 

The study will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine which assessment tools for safety are currently used in mental health services in the UK, and how staff, patients and carers view them. There are three data collection sources for the study:
  1. Web-based survey
  2. Targeted survey of mental health services
  3. Interviews with clinicians
For more information and to participate in the survey please see the NCISH website and follow the link -


My source:
Jane Graney 
jane.graney AT manchester.ac.uk

Monday, November 06, 2017

CfP: special edition, J Enabling Tech - Design, Technology & Engineering for Long Term Care

The Journal of Enabling Technologies is seeking contributions for a special edition - Design, technology & Engineering for long term care.

Paper themes but not limited to:

  • Enabling technology and architectural theory and construction 
  • Home modifications and technology
  • Smart home technologies
  • Sensor based networks
  • e-health interventions for long term care
  • Rehabilitation technologies and orthotics
  • Assistive and telecare devices
  • Serious games and leisure in aged care
Submission date for all contributions is 31st December 2017.

All submissions should be via ScholarOne system

Further information can be found via the Journal website:


We hope that you will take this opportunity to submit a paper to this special edition.

Best wishes,


Dr Hannah R. Marston
Research Fellow
Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area
Ground Floor, Stuart Hall Building
School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Drive
Milton Keynes

Alternative Email: marstonhannah AT hotmail.com

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Book: (more than) Skin Deep ...?

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"For decades now tattoos have been potent symbols of the Los Angeles gang-life scene. The black and white tattoos with recognizable gang symbols appear on members’ faces, necks and all over their bodies, making their gang affiliation immediately clear to whomever crosses their path. This can mean the difference between life and death on he streets, and just as often, in prison. ..." 

My source: Sandhu, S. Crime ink: lifting the layers of prejudice, 20 October, i news, pp.30-31.

Photos: http://www.powerhousebooks.com/books/skin-deep-looking-beyond-the-tattoos/

Friday, November 03, 2017

Seeking a sense of Direction: Holistic Compass

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a sense
of direction

a sense of 
and care for all?

a sense of direction 
and find yourself here?
Is this really All you can see?
You may be lost?

BBC Radio 4: Living With The Gods

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Humanistic + Mechanistic = Organicistic? c/o Vernon

"Holistic Biology ... 

Philosophy Now #122
In recent years biology has been moving beyond a biochemically reductive view of life. The days when we could regard ourselves as lumbering robots for our genes, to recall Richard Dawkins’ resonate phrase, are numbered, if not already over. Life for the biologist has become a lot more complex, and arguably, in its intricacy, more beautiful. ... 
I recently attended a conference on what is sometimes called ‘holistic biology’ or the ‘extended evolutionary synthesis’. ... 
These developments have led the philosopher Michael Ruse to pose a fundamental question. In biology, there has long been two ways of looking at life: as a mechanism, which can be broken down into parts; and as an organism, which can be explained only by considering the way the whole system works. Organicism is the more ancient approach, while the machine metaphor has come to dominate in modern times. Ruse suggests that perhaps it’s time for organicism to make a comeback. 
Its origins reach all the way back to Plato." p.7.
The links here provide access to one of four complimentary articles for non-subscribers.

Vernon, M. Rediscovering Plato's VisionPhilosophy Now. Issue 122. Oct/Nov 2017. pp.6-8.

Mark Vernon is the author of The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books, 2015).
For more, see www.markvernon.com.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference

Conference Theme: Thorny Thresholds: Identity, Transfer, Research, Assessment

Date: June 13-16, 2018

Location: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
The Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University invites you to join us in beautiful Oxford, Ohio—named by Forbes as the “Best College Town in the United States”—for lively discussions, transformative workshops, and engaging keynote presentations.

This year’s theme, Thorny Thresholds: Identity, Transfer, and Assessment, invites us to dig into some of the more challenging aspects of working with threshold concepts.
  • How are students transformed by threshold concepts—and how do we know?
  • How do new understandings facilitated by threshold concepts transfer across contexts?
  • What are differences between threshold concepts (and a threshold concepts framework) and “student learning outcomes”/”standards”/”qualifications” and other forms of institutional assessment of curricula, programs, and learning—and what are the implications of those differences for work with students, faculty, administrators, and publics?
  • How do expectations about "assessment" and "evaluation" of learning differ across countries, and what can we learn from one another in relation to these differences?
Read the full Call for Proposals»

Questions? Please contact Cynthia Johnson (johns690 AT MiamiOH.edu) or Elizabeth Wardle (wardleea AT MiamiOH.edu).