Free academic short courses

Whilst browsing Twitter on a damp Tuesday afternoon, I came across this listing for FREE courses on Mental Health and Wellbeing. This one entitled Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture is offered by the University of Liverpool, beginning on 8 September and lasting for 6 weeks. For further details please go to:

There are many other short courses available, also free, including ‘Inside Cancer’, ‘Cardiovascular disease’, ‘How to read your Boss’ and many more.

Ten top tips for NHS tweeters

twitter-logoA regular tweeter and chief executive of a foundation trust shares his best tips for effectively engaging on Twitter

Dr Mark Newbold, Guardian Professional, Monday 18 February

In this article a doctor who is now a hospital chief executive, expands on the advantages of Twitter. He has  used it, along with his blog, for over a year in the course of his work .  In this article he offers his top 10  tips to current or aspiring NHS tweeters.

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Blog watch: The Twitter Journal Club

The Twitter Journal Club is a Twitter-based journal club, who meet fortnightly to discuss & critique a variety of medical papers.  The membership includes doctors, medical students, and anyone else who is interested.  They try to pick papers that are particularly significant and will be relevant to a wide range of people. You can suggest papers at any time here.

Anyone is welcome, including students, with one aim being to provide an chance for medical students to learn by discussing papers with practicing doctors. They also hope it will provide an opportunity for doctors to learn about research in fields outside their own.

How it works

The Twitter Journal Club uses the hashtag ie: #TwitJC but unlike most Twitter users, it does not post any public tweets. To read more about how this works please follow this link which will enable you to discover more.

Sample posts

Weekly review from the Healthcare Network

Stories this week on the network include:

Meanwhile, Denis Campbell reported for the Guardian on research by the King’s Fund, which reveals the stark social class divide in health is widening. It found better-off people are increasingly shunning damaging habits such as smoking and eating badly but poorer people are not. The story says:

The findings have cast doubt on the prospect of the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, fulfilling his pledge to “improve the health of the poorest fastest” in order to reduce glaring health inequalities.

Here’s some other headlines from around the web this week:

… of the chief executives of the 10 largest NHS acute trusts in England (measured by staff numbers collected by the NHS Information Centre) nine are men, four have knighthoods, but – based on some searching, and happily subject to correction – only one appears to be active on Twitter. The exception that proves the rule is Dr Mark Newbold, chief executive of Birmingham’s Heart of England foundation trust, who has more than 1,300 followers. He also blogs: a post on 10 reasons why his peers should join him on Twitter cites openness, accessibility, learning from others and engagement with communities. On Twitter itself, Dr Newbold often uses his account to answer questions and engage in debate.