Everywhere. Big ones. Small ones. Fluffy ones. Chocolate ones. Imaginary ones*…..
It’s either Easter soon and I need a holiday, or the little leporids are plotting something, and we should all get away on holiday. Either way, I need to take a break….
Writing up my Hand Hygiene research has been rather intense over the last few weeks, not least because I have been feeling a tad under the weather (maybe because the weather has been so uninspiring!), and I have been relying on the good will and enthusiasm of others to keep me pushing forward. Thank goodness for the welcoming stream of Infection Prevention inspiration and enthusiasm that can always be found via Twitter; especially my personal heroes at UHCW, IPS, and Claire Kilpatrick. Great to have my Twitter Feed on in the background when I’m finding writing hard, to remind me why the research in this field matters, and especially when I receive Tweets such as these on cold March days:
@chd05 good to see you down to speak at the IPS event in Brum https://www.eventsforce.net/fitwise/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=46867&eventID=133&eventID=133 … In good company @julesstorr @emrsa15
@uhcw_inf_con 22 Mar
#ff @CHD05 for making our week! Tea makes the world go round #handhygeine #HOP
@JamieMackrill1 15 Mar
@CHD05. Good luck today spreading your hand hygiene compliance work!
It takes some self-discipline (usually applied) not to become distracted by all the excited Twitter chatter, but if controlled correctly, I find that it inspires my work, rather than being of detriment. I have certainly made some excellent connections and professional links via this channel which I cannot envisage having had the opportunity to have made in any other capacity, particularly as a PhD student with limited resources. I definitely think it helps build a “community” feel around topics as well, which has the additional benefit when working alone or remotely, either as a student, or in a clinical role, facing the same challenges as co-workers across an area, be that a region, country or globe.
Away from Twitter there has been written progress on the research front – despite the up-and-down nature of the past few weeks – and I am now well into the process of drafting out the chapters discussing Studies 1 and 2 - which explored how Hand Hygiene was measured at my Case Study Site, and the potential role of Technology. Had a great chat with my Supervisor this morning, always good to talk about my research with a ‘new’ ear; as often you can get too close to the ins and outs of your own work, and it is hard to explain the bigger picture, which is more often than not what is required (or rather, it is what 90% of people are actually interested in!). Hoping to get the draft of these two chapters done by mid-April, so we can really start to see where we are, and take it from there. Exciting, nerve-wracking times!
Also, as mentioned last time, I have submitted an abstract to ICPIC on the topic of my first two Studies, and am now preparing a paper based on the “Fit-For-Purpose” Matrix developed for Study 2. I also had a great meeting with one of the Hand Hygiene companies featured in this matrix, and am very excited about the potential for future research developments along that vein – although naturally it is still too early to say anything yet. I HAVE to write the thesis first!
Hopefully by the time I next post I will be able to update on the successful completion of at least one Study chapter – and share an overview of the main themes raised. I will definitely be able to share with you two things:
- Proceedings from tonight’s Women In Science event – www.warwick.ac.uk/WomenInScience - @WIS2013 #WISAnEveningWith
This is an evening of expert talks and networking (with the additional bonus of cheese, wine – and baked goods [biscuits] by demand!) for researchers of both genders from within the Faculty of Science to discuss how to have a successful science career. Issues such as progressing from PhD and beyond, balancing home/life issues, pursuing funding and tracking down fellowships are all likely to surface.
I’ve been very lucky to be asked to be on the organising committee for this event, and am very excited about meeting the two speakers – Professor Frances Ashcroft & Dr Vita Majce - both having been honoured by the L’Oreal-UNESCO programme. Expecting some very inspiring words to remember – very timely indeed…!
- And finally, I will also be able to share with you my success/failure at attempting “A Hollywood“… I’m not being disloyal to “The Berry“, but they are a team, and you shouldn’t have favourites….
*NB Happy imaginary ones, not Donnie Darko inspired ones….