#WGT16 Reflections: Who are we?

The day following WGT16 I remember reading Roy Lilleys blog post   – Roy always seems so very adept at turning blog posts around very quickly and very eloquent in his posts and his post WGT16 reflections were no exception.  The post talked about how a huge community of NHS workers are in regular touch with each other and how they have become a movement , it also talked about how the skills and knowledge shared at WGT16 sends out a serious message that may just have to be faxed to the boardroom!  And it was that final comment about faxing the  learning around WGT16 to the boardroom that really got me thinking … that there were the components of the boardroom in the room !!

WGT16 didn’t just bring nurses together but a whole range of professions and members of the public. In the room at Salford University that day there were nurses, midwives, doctors, pharmacists, students, hospital caterers, finance professionals, educators, patients, carers, health advocates, communication specialists, informatics specialists, and change enthusiasts.  And these people came from far and wide, the person travelling the farthest having come from America! What’s more the diverse range of backgrounds that people came from spanned acute care, community care,  national roles, managerial roles, student roles, mental health, learning disability, care of children and young people, dementia care, end of life care, education and so many more.  The virtual vanguard had come together with one goal – to see how they could improve services and peoples lives through social media.

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So I’m not so sure about faxing the learning of WGT16 to the boardroom I think that through word of mouth, through sharing passion to connect and through sharing learning the virtual vanguard are slowly but surely becoming the boardroom! It reminds me of a poem that was shared by Helen Bevan some time ago at a webinar presentation:

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There were a whole heap of heretics and rebels in the room that day at WGT16 but rather than working against those people in the boardroom we are drawing them in …. Social media is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and is a massive force for good in health,  no matter who you are social media can enable you to connect and learn.

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