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Tweets of the Week, 9th April 2020

The Horizons team features many influential Twitter users. This curates a wealth of insights, knowledge, and information about transformation in health and care from other thought leaders across the world. (Tip: to read an article or watch a video mentioned in a tweet, click on the blue text. To view the original tweet, click on the image).


A new staff support helpline and text service has been set up to help #OurNHSPeople during this challenging time. Phone 0300 131 7000 or text FRONTLINE to 85258. More information is available here.

This week we held the first of weekly virtual wellbeing webinars. You can find the recording and slides from the session here. The session was live-tweeted; you can follow the thread here. Next week's session will be held on Wednesday 15th April from 4pm to 5pm and be a community meeting where we learn from one another. The joining details are available here. Everyone is welcome.  

Helen reflected on this quote from John Kotter. When we are at the other end of this crisis, we have to be able to build on the amazing strengths that the NHS & wider health & care system is showing now to take health and care to another level when things are more stable.

We are not alone.

The Covid-19 pandemic is a terrible & tragic thing but it's also an opportunity to reboot the world. For positive changes to be sustained, leaders have to switch their perspective from "action" to "movement". Read more.

Some advice from @CCLdotORG on strengthening and sustaining our leadership resilience at times of stress and uncertainty.

Our friends in quality improvement in the NHS in Somerset produce an excellent monthly QI Evidence Update. Helen always find gems in it. Here's the latest edition, focussed on #COVID19  & wellbeing.

There's some inspiring music on this #OurNHSPeople playlist.

Student Paramedics

Student paramedics joined a virtual Q&A with experts from @paramedicsUK  @healtheducationengland and more to put their questions to the panel.

Perceptions of Midwifery

Our networks are always important, but never more so than now. The #perceptionsofMidwifery ambassadors #virtual forum is providing a key opportunity for #wellbeing and support during #COVID19


Relationships matter even more when we're working from home. Virtual teammates are 2.5X more likely to perceive mistrust, incompetence & broken commitments than those who are co-located. How to be a respectful & empathetic virtual co-worker.

Helen hopes that post the #COVID19 crisis we'll see an escalation of the relational approaches that we're currently utilising for home working & virtual connection.

Nadine Jenkins from @UKGBC  produced a sketchnote of the "rules" that her newly-virtual team has agreed for their online meetings.

Research shows the average knowledge worker spends 47% of their time in a state of semi-distraction. If you want to use this period of home working to improve your productivity, sign up for the free @apoliticalco  productivity boot camp for public servants.

Whether you're new to working at home or been a home worker for ages, it's always handy to have new tips to ensure you're productive AND protecting your wellbeing. Some great ideas that reflect current challenges eg children also being at home!

Helen is always trying to find graphics on virtual working that represent diversity & inclusion. Most of the images available online are awful; they either show computers "talking" to each other or men in ties. So she appreciated this graphic that came via @GraphicChange & @danaklisanin

The United Nations Learning for Nature team has produced this highly visual, helpful & interactive free guide to engaging people virtually.