My First healthcare post

My first healthcare post belonged to a lovely lady patient who helped kick off a new idea. By 2017 this led to me writing my first book on a patient’s journey.  In 2013 I established a new medium to write about my practice and patients. I have extended this to colleagues who often do not have time to voice their passion for our profession.

I am indebted to those who shared information which in time gave way to a new style of writing and information. While Facebook took me a while to even understand, let alone the platforms of Twitter, Linkedin or Instagram, we all recognise in the healthcare market that the power of social media in healthcare is growing. Busypencilcase Reflective Communications is my publishing company and through ConsultingFootPain I hope to keep some of my ethos alive. In the last few years I have added to my publications which have a range for a wide audience.

Trusting the evidence

As a qualified podiatrist (foot man) it is important for readers to trust what is written. In ‘My First healthcare post’ let me, therefore, introduce you to Jo  through her own experience as a patient following foot surgery Jo’s Bunion Journey. Through people like Jo I found confidence in believing I did help people and through my writing that desire still lingers.  If I no longer weird the scalpel, but the pen I hope I can help readers as much as I hope I helped when I was in full time practice. Some may say that there is  not enough information while others will find my material helpful. Through Busypencilcase Reflective Communications and ConsultingFootPain my clinical brand can live on.

During a career that spans four decades I have been trained to write in the scientific style. Factual writing conveys information alongside evidence. Too many, and that includes both laypeople and professionals, this style is not always attractive. Newspaper journalists look for human interest. The David versus Goliath story. There has to be a happy medium and I will do my best to find this. Here is an article I found of interest to write about ( A Feet of Nature). After six years writing for this website I now focus on checking if material is accurate, helpful and trustworthy. This means scanning the internet as well as the newspapers and magazines. We all need reliable evidence to trust.

David as a qualified patient

I am now qualified officially as a patient. I am more in tune with patients and have started to look closely at how we present ourselves. There is no better person to oppose smoking than an ex-smoker! That was an example that has never been me but you get the message? Having had foot surgery I do feel double-qualified to talk.

Please enjoy my blogs or posts which I like to think as a diary of information. I reformed my website in 2018 and during ‘Lockdown – 2020’ I re-wrote and re-designed many of my now over 100 articles. Many articles follow a theme or series and I have created both a content page which is easy to access or guide you to the search icon. The easiest way to stay in touch is to sign-up and remain on my mailing list so you know what comes up every now and again. My newsfeed is delivered only a few times each year and where I can I use video or podcasts. This is all new but it is fun.

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Thanks for reading ‘My First Healthcare post’ by David Tollafield

Busypencilcase Reflective Communications (ConsultingFootPain). 

‘Progress through the Art of Communication’

Originally published in 2013. Updated 2018 and re-published July 2020