Like it or loathe it, social media is becoming increasingly important for sharing vital information. But as a nurse, who is worth listening to?
Healthcare professionals are using social media more and more to share innovation and advice and to keep up with news and events. But when someone first creates a twitter account, how do they know who to follow?
This is where you come in.
We need your help to compile a list of “Essential Follows for Nurses”.
Who do you find useful? Who is most interesting? Who offers advice when you most need it?
Consider this the ultimate Follow Friday. Simply enter in to the comment section below the name and twitter handle of the best tweeters in healthcare and the reasons why NT readers should be following them.
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Speak out Safely campaign related
Kim Holt: @drkimholt - Paediatrician. Founded Patients First campaign, following her own whistleblowing experiences post Baby P.
Jennie Fecitt: @JFecitt - Lead Nurse, Patient’s First (UK). Senior Nurse Whistleblower recognised by the courts.
Roger Kline: @rogerkline - Director Patients First, Associate Public World, Visiting Research Fellow, Middx University, Adviser PCAW. Focus on health, social care, discrimination.
Action against Medical Accidents: @AvMAuk - Charity for patient safety and justice
Dee Speers: @JoinedU1 - Mental health campaigner and hopefully a voice for less vociferous. Seeking proof that NHS Complaints process actually resolves complaints.
Julie Bailey: @curetheNHS - Founder of Cure the NHS, campaign group who campaigned for the Mid Staffs public inquiry into the disaster at Mid Staffs FT Hospital.
Deb Hazeldine: @DebHazeldine - Proud member of Stafford Cure The NHS. The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is a duty of the living to do so for them.
Dr Rita Pal: @dr_rita39 - Former Psychiatrist.Medical Journalist.Poetess. Past Life - NHS Whistleblower
Sharmila Chowdhury: @sharmilaxx - Whistleblower. Service manager & budget holder. Reported serious concerns. Dismissed. Won interim relief hearing and appeal. Face career & pension loss
David Drew: @NHSwhistleblowr - Recently dismissed after 37 years as NHS paediatrician for gross misconduct and insubordination. At 63 didn’t know I still had it in me. A book is coming.
Gary Walker: @Modernleader - Former CEO now supporting all whistleblowers,
Department of Health (official Twitter feed): @DHgovuk
Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health): @Jeremy_Hunt
Jane Cummings (Chief Nursing Officer for England): @JaneMCummings
Viv Bennett (Acting Lead Nurse Public Health, England): @VivJBennett
Anna Soubry MP: @Anna_SoubryMP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health
Norman Lamb MP: @normanlamb - Minister of State for Care and Support
Andy Burnham MP: @andyburnhammp - Member of Parliament for Leigh and Shadow Health Secretary
Liz Kendall MP: @leicesterliz - Shadow Minister for Care and Older People
Jamie Reed MP: @jreedmp - Shadow Health Minister
Andrew Gwynne MP: @GwynneMP - Shadow Health Minister
Diane Abbott MP: @HackneyAbbott - Shadow Public Health Minister
The Infection Prevention Society: @IPS_Infection - Our vision is that no person is harmed by a preventable infection
Cambridge University Hospitals nurses: @CUH_Nursing
WeNurses (Run nurse twitchats and social media resources): @WeNurses
NurChat (Runs fortnightly nurse twitchats): @NurChat
Time to Change (Mental health charity): @TimetoChange
Cancer Research (Charity): @CR_UK
Diabetes UK (Charity): @DiabetesUK
The QNI: @TheQNI - The Queen’s Nursing Institute is a charity working with the public, nurses and decision-makers to ensure quality patient care in the home and in the community.
QNIS: @QNI_Scotland - The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Scotland promotes excellence in community nursing firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCN: @ACCNUK - The Association of Chief Children’s Nurses is a group of senior nurses who aim to inform national policy regarding Children’s and young people’s Nursing
NNRU: @nursingpolicy - News and views on nursing policy and research from the National Nursing Research Unit
The UK Sepsis Trust: @SepsisUK - Ron Daniels, ITU doc, CEO of Global Sepsis Alliance and of UK Sepsis Trust. Establishing sepsis as a medical emergency & improving patient outcomes.
Dignified Revolution: @DignifiedRev - A Dignified Revolution - fighting for dignity and respect for older people
BACCN: @BACCNUK - The British Association of Critical Care Nurses is one of the leading organisations in critical care nursing.
Infection Control: @UHCW_inf_con - UHCW NHS Trust Infection Prevention and Control Department. “This twitter account provides up to date information on innovative and exciting new concepts, as well as sharing information with others”
Patient Opinion: @patientopinion - Aims to share stories of care and help to improve care experiences.
Britains’s Nurses: @britainsnurses - “For bringing nurses together and celebrating the excellent work we do!”
6CsLive!: @6CsLive - Calling all nurses and midwives to action to ensure that essential nursing care is a given and can be counted on by everyone, everytime.
Care Makers: @Caremakers - “For their work on spreading the 6Cs message”
Nursing and Midwifery Council: @nmcnews The professional regulator
The National Nursing and Midwifery Network: @NNMN1 Supports the implementation and dissemination of the National Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Programme
Association for Continence Advice: @ACA_Continence - a multi-professional association open to all health and allied care professionals
Asthma UK: @asthmauk - Supports health professionals and people with asthma, funds world-leading research towards better treatments and a cure
British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition UK: @BAPENUK - Malnutrition charity committed to combating malnutrition in hospital, care and community; incorporates National Nutrition Nurse Group.
Care Quality Commission: @CareQualityComm - Inspects hospitals, care homes and care services to ensure they meet national standards
NHS Employers: @nhsemployers - Voice of employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first
The Infection Prevention Society: @IPS_Infection - Vision is that no person is harmed by a preventable infection
Tissue Viability Society: @TVSUK - Aims to provide expertise in wound management to all health professionals
Jules Storr: @julesstorr - President of Infection Prevention Society
Claire Kilpatrick: @claireekt - Infection Prevention Society
Annie Cooper: @anniecoops - Nurse working in informatics with interest in leadership
Elaine Maxwell: @maxwele2 - Assistant director Health Foundation
Sarah Amani: @S_Amani - Emerging leader award winner 2010
Kath Evans: @kathevans2 - Children’s nurse and head of patient experience
Michelle Mello: @MMelloE4E - Head of Commissioning (Nursing), CNO Team, National Commissioning Board
Hattie Jacques: @Hattie_Jacques - Battleaxe matron with an opinion or two
June Girvin: @JuneinHE - Registered Nurse, PVC Development & Alumni Relations/Dean Faculty Health & Life Sciences Oxford Brookes University
Jan Stevens: @stevens_jan - Passionate about nursing, improving patient care. Led the successful fight to reduce MRSA infection rates
Dean Royles: @NHSE_Dean - Chief Executive, the NHS Employers organisation
Keir Shiels: @keirshiels - SHO in paediatrics
Sally-Ann: @nursemaiden - Nurse campaigner to improve Alzheimer’s care
Natalie Silvey: @silv24 - Doctor, science geek, passionate about global health
Prof Steve Field: @ProfSteveField - Deputy National Medical Director NHS England - Health Inequalities & Chair National Inclusion Health Board
Dave Jones: @welsh_gas_doc - Propofologist in Wales. Tweets in a personal capacity about this and that
Peter Griffiths: @workforcesoton - Health services researcher at University of Southampton
Tim Cook: @mlhim2 - Open Source Healthcare IT
Karen Webb: @e1ucidate - Eastern Region Director of the Royal College of Nursing
David Barton: @Bartontd - Head of the Department of Nursing, Swansea University. Educating Student and Qualified Nurses
Roger Watson: @rwatson1955 - Professor of Nursing, University of Hull and University of Western Sydney
Pam Nelme: @Pam007Nelmes