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Who should you follow on twitter?

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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.


Nursing Times team

Jenni Middleton (NT editor): @nursingtimesed

Steve Ford (NT news editor): @SteveJFord

Ann Shuttleworth (NT practice and learning editor): @AnnNursingTimes

Kathryn Godfrey (NT practice and learning editor): @GodfreyKathryn

Eileen Shepherd (NT deputy practice editor): @EileenShepherd

Fran Entwistle (NT online editor): @FranEntwistleNT

Sarah Hill (NT production editor): @SarahLouHill

Ibadete Fetahu (NT book review editor): @NT_BookReview

Shaun Lintern (NT reporter): @ShaunLintern

Sarah Calkin (NT reporter): @sjcalkin


NT Speak out Safely campaign: @NursingTimesSOS

Nursing Times: @nursingtimes

Student Nursing Times: @StudentNT

Nursing Times jobs: @NTjobs

Nursing Times Awards: @NTAwards - Awards celebrating the best in nursing

Student NT Awards: @StudentNTAwards - Awards celebrating the best in nurse education. Honouring lecturers, universities, students and mentors.

NTLearning: @NTLearning - Nursing Times online learning programme. Subscribers get unlimited free access

Natalie Moore: @NatalieMHN - Student MH nurse. MH support worker. Volunteer. Mental health editor for @studentNT.

Mikey Whitehead: @ChildSNTEditor - Editor for the Student Nursing Times paediatric branch. Personal twitter account: @STNNurse_Mikey

Sarah Jones: @Sarah_ABN - Student Nurse, Adult Branch editor for @studentNT


Speak out Safely campaign related

PCaW: @WhistleUK - Public Concern at Work (PCaW) is the #Whistleblowing Advice Line and the UK’s independent authority on public interest #whistleblowing.

Patients First: @PatientsFirstUK - If you care about patient safety support our campaign to lobby government for a more open NHS culture.

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

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

Teresa Chinn: @agencynurse - RN & social media specialist. Founder of

David Foord: @DGFoorde - Clinical Governance Lead @NHSDirect & Nurse Board Member @NHSMKCCG

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

Donna Mullikin: @DonnaNewcross RN and facilitator of


Who’s missing? Let us know below.

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