A Tweet in the Life

I saw an interesting use of twitter recently. NHS Highland use their account (@NHSHWhoWeAre) to showcase services by having members of staff tweet about their working lives for a week. The “week in the life” that caught my eye was by the Caithness & Sutherland Speech & Language Therapy Team. I was interested to read about the diversity of roles members of the team undertook so, in a similar vein, I have decided to blog about my own clinical week “twitter-style” – each entry 140 characters or less!

Tuesday

Working on research proposal this morning: my first attempt at a qualitative study. Great support from NHST and SDHI – hope I get funding.

Two multi-disciplinary sessions this afternoon – first with Dietitian and second with Clinical Psychologist. Teamwork in CMHT is essential.

Joint initial assessment with Dietitian – teenager with suspected ASD and a long standing food phobia. Sharing knowledge and resources.

Working with Psychologist supporting young man with Asperger’s – blunt communication style having significant impact on family relationships.

Wednesday

Met with Social Worker from Early Years Service this morning – having difficulty communicating with young mum with post-natal depression.

Lunch meeting to organise Phase 2 of Communication Champions training with Richmond Fellowship. More staff want to do training – RESULT!

Visit to client with PTSD – mute for 10 yrs. Been using iPad to communicate for 3 months: family relationships and confidence improving.

Thursday

Quick visit to some Communication Champions first thing to provide guidance on support plan for resident with complex communication issues.

Meeting with young woman new to CMHT – CPN and Psychologist want a second opinion re: Asperger’s Syndrome. Difficult differential diagnosis.

Start afternoon with home visit. Client with Bipolar Disorder has language difficulties following ECT. Conversation flowing more easily now.

Off to local library for afternoon clinic: clients love this city centre venue – library staff even provide tea, coffee and biscuits for us.

Friday

Getting ready for a long clinic this morning – 9:30 to 1:30 – looks like lunch will be optional again!

Client with schizophrenia referred with very poor speech. Change of antipsychotic medication and speech much improved. Happy I’m not needed.

Assessing young woman with Asperger’s: confused because information doesn’t seem to apply – direct her towards resources for women with AS.

Seeing client with PTSD and low self-esteem. Dissatisfaction with voice contributing to problems: working to improve acceptability.

Client with history of alcohol dependency and anxiety reports sudden expressive language difficulties. Minor impairment having major impact.

Finish day meeting with student nurse who wants to learn about Asperger’s Syndrome – mutual love of The Big Bang Theory useful for examples.

And that was the week (or the tweet) that was.

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10 thoughts on “A Tweet in the Life

  1. Susan, Really enjoyed reading this! Think this would be great for students to get an insight in to what a week was actually like. Kim T

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