I was delighted if rather surprised to see today that I am in a new list of top 30 charity CEOs on social media. Only 2 years ago I was a self-avowed sceptic about social media, dismissive of LinkedIn, averse to Facebook (still am) and wary of Twitter. I reluctantly began tweeting under the National Voices @NVTweeting account in January 2012, only after gentle if irresistible encouragement from our communications lead Jules Acton. Within 5 days I was chafing at the constraints of an organisational account and began tweeting as myself.
The new contract for England’s GPs from 2014 is a significant demonstration of two things: the increasing momentum towards joined up policy on out of hospital care, and the queasy tension it can raise for patient organisations.
Everywhere I go, people are talking about building the House of Care and putting in place collaborative care and support planning. It all looks so simple doesn’t it? Ask people to set a goal, tell them what local support is available to help them get there and you’ve got a basic care plan. Add in a few pieces of information (medical data and details of who to contact in case of emergency) and there it is - job done.