This time last year...


2015 has being an exciting year. πŸ˜€ Lots of new things have happened.πŸ’ƒπŸ» Some of them were planned.πŸ“ Most of them were not. 😳 Often the really good stuff comes with going with the flow (or in my case very often going with the Flo) seeng where the energy lies and letting the magic happen...

The other day my fab friend and #Matexp 'partner in crime' Flo @fwmaternitykhft tweeted this image as she reflected on all the new things she had done during 2015.

I thought this was a great idea. Hoping #ThisTimeLastYear might catch on! πŸ˜ƒ

It was amazing to see how many of the things on Flo's list I had influenced. And similarly as I thought of my equivalent things, how many of those things wouldn't have happened without Flo, particularly as we work together to build #MatExp and #KHFTWhoseShoes. We are indeed stronger together. All of us. πŸ˜€

So here is a fairly random collection of memories representing things I hadn't done #ThisTimeLastYear. Why don't you make a Steller story too and we can link them all by using this hashtag! 😘

This time last year I relied more on my blog whereas during 2015 I discovered different methods of visual storytelling.

No 1 in the charts! Steller is an incredibly powerful medium. It seems to reach a completely different audience. I have no idea who the 6000+ people are who sometimes read my stories overnight. It is clearly a global audience and this is exciting. Write a comment and let me know!

This time last year the #MatExp workshops were only just starting and everyone knows it takes about nine months to see real outcomes πŸ˜‚

This time last year I had never been to Guernsey and had no idea that #MatExp #WhoseShoes would play a significant part in their improvement programme, with strong approval from the NMC!

I was so thrilled to see this tweet from Steve Hams, who led the maternity improvement programme, after the NMC inspection results. Hoping to do further work with the fab Guernsey team and local people in 2016. We also had a lovely holiday exploring this beautiful island. Here is the Guernsey Steller story. πŸ˜€

.This time last year we hadn't met our inspirational friend Jenny @JennytheM.

In fact we had hardly met any of the #MatExp gang in person - and the community was only just starting to form.

With fantastic new people coming on board all the time! So lovely to meet Raja @RajaGangopadhy3 - must add a link to the amazing guest blog that he wrote for πŸ‘πŸΌ

This time last year we hadn't made any #MatExp films whereas now we (all of us!) have made several!

Film- makers!

Including a fab Cleveland clinic style film exploring empathy, commissioned by the London Strategic Clinical Network – what it is like to walk in the shoes of different people – based on some #MatExp #WhoseShoes scenarios we selected.

One of the most popular #MatExpAdventstories

This time last year, we hadn't (yet!) co-produced the toolkit with the London Strategic Clinical Network and NHS England, with practical leadership and facilitation tips for how to run a #WhoseShoes lworkshop. OR...

This time last year, the London hospitals involved in our early workshops had not shared their top tips for practical transferable actions arising from their #MatExp #WhoseShoes involvement. A great booklet!

This time last year I had not written/ sourced all the #MatExp poems and commissioned a fab designer to bring them to life.🌟

And this time last year our #MatExp gang, who had never all met in person before, had not taken NHS Expo by storm with a lively workshop and outrageous 'lemons & sticker- thon' πŸ‘€

This time last year lemons had no significance. πŸ‹πŸ‹πŸ‹ I would have been delighted to learn that we were going to do a presentation at NHS Expo... but somewhat surprised at my fruity shopping expedition!

This time last year, my friend Ken Howard had not spontaneously designed and presented us with this fabulous #MatExp logo.

This time last year I didn't know what a change platform was but I DID know that a bit of FUN was really helpful in achieving anything significant involving human beings.

This time last year, We (a gang of us from #MatExp) had not been invited to attend the two national Birth Tank maternity review events. As a result of the first event, the maternity version of Whose Shoes was used at all the listening events across the country.

And I hadn't met Lesley Page, the lovely President of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) who has been so supportive of our work.

It was a real privilege for us to meet Baroness Cumberlege and contribute to the National Maternity Review. We are looking forward to hearing the final recommendations (imminently!) and supporting the implementation.

This time last year I hadn't had my 15 minutes of fame πŸ˜‰

This time last year we hadn't had the most amazing day at Kingston Hospital doing some really innovative stuff for NHS change day.

This time last year I had not sealed an agreement with Great Ormond Street Hospital and Common Room to coproduce Whose Shoes scenarios to improve communication between children and young people, their parents and healthcare professionals or attended the national launch of the highly successful #CYPMeFirst masterclasses that ensued!

This time last year I hadn't got my mum out of hospital using the power of social media and with a little help from my friends, including Alison Cameron's Ukrainian army!

Mum's 'castor oil scenario' has been one of the most powerful in the #Matxp # WhoseShoes toolkit, challenging professionals to think about what current midwifery practices will seem wrong or odd to future generations – or downright ridiculous!

This time last year we had no idea that the success of the #MatExp workshops was going to lead into using Whose Shoes as an improvement tool in other areas of patient experience across Kingston Hospital.. We started with an innovative session at the hospital Open Day.

This time last year I hadn't ever worn scrubs not had a tour of theatres. I did this with Florence at Kingston Hospital observing and chatting to people to source scenarios for #KHFTWhoseShoes.

This time last year #KHFTWhoseShoes had not been conceived.

This time last year we hadn't discovered taking an 'Ambrose moment', as a way of chilling out rather than falling out when things get tough. It looks good to me πŸ˜€ Brilliant to see lots of actions – some very simple – springing from the workshops and becoming embedded in the way people work.

And this time last year, fab Virtual Kate (Flo's P.A.) hadn't created the monthly Whose News newsletter keeping staff across the hospital up-to-date with the latest news.

And of course, this time last year, Kingston Hospital hadn't produced posters about #KHFTWhoseShoes to display in the hospital corridors to help patients and staff alike to get involved.

This time last year I hadn't done a group roar! We roared to share our excitement about our collaborative book that we contributed to with Sheena Byrom and Soo Downe and which is now in its second reprint.

This time last year I had never been to a maternity conference, far less share a stand with NHS England at the National RCM conference!

This time last year Flo hadn't been interviewed and ended up with a double page spread and #MatExp / #KHFTWhoseShoes cover story in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists magazine!

This time last year we hadn't been on tour in our #MatExp VW bus!πŸ˜‚

This time last year I would have been delighted to know that many of my friends would be selected as HSJ Patient Leaders and I would have the privilege of going along to support them.

This time last year I had not been invited to be the keynote after-dinner speaker at the BMA. Talking to a very friendly and interested group of healthcare professionals specialising in HIV – and to invite my young friend who has set up an HIV society at Exeter University. It was a great opportunity and we had an interesting Whose Shoes workshop the next day.

A year ago I hadn't met Elizabeth Meatyard, heard about the fab Dining Companions scheme she had introduced for volunteers at Kingston Hospital, or invited her to write a blog… Which led to Elizabeth winning a 'NHS Fab Stuff' award... and inviting me to attend as her special guest! Thank you!

This time last year I hadn't been invited to speak at the prestigious NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool about how we can join things up to prevent unnecessary A&E admissions for older people. This led to an important opportunity to invite some of my top maverick innovators to join me in contributing as 'critical friends' to the National Commission on the Urgent Care of older people, due to be published shortly.

This time last year I hadn't contributed to a jigsaw mapping the state of perinatal mental health, and made amazing contacts forming a network for an exciting new project in 2016.

This time last year, I hadn't been interviewed asking for my opinions on loads of different issues, including for this film by a brilliant team of young carers at the national carers conference. Again contributing to work for the coming year.

This time last year Flo and I hadn't embarked upon our #MatExpAdvent-ures - one Steller story a day for advent, 2015 - take a look!

And so we didn't know what amazing singers we had in our #MatExp community, crowdsourcing fantastic tips to give to the National maternity review team!

This time last year I hadn't featured in a 'WANTED' poster. Thanks for that, @kenhowarduk! 😳

Or been elved! Thanks here due to Zoe! @ZoeHarrisCCUK

This time last year I hadn't been named the "No.1 #SHCR radical! "πŸ˜‰ Thanks for that, Helen Bevan!

And on a personal note, and most importantly of all, this time last year I hadn't become a Granny! πŸ’œπŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ’œ

Just a few of the things that I hadn't done this time last year. And I bet it is true for you too. So here is a key message for 2016: BELIEVE β€ΌοΈπŸ’œ

Well said Emma! Here's to great things next year!

Very excited about 2016. The lovely Kath Evans gave me this book. I think I will need it. Looking forward to working with lots of passionate people for real change in health and social care, co-producing better solutions! A very happy New Year to you all πŸ’œπŸŒŸπŸ’₯πŸš€

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