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I’m An OT. Let Me Out Of Here!

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Does the NHS internet firewall inhibit communication, innovation and effectiveness?

Here at Harrison we are very keen to see OTs and other health care professionals be all that they possibly can.

Our response to that, in part, is to work within social media and develop community.  It’s an attempt to share ideas and insights, encouragement and, as the tagline to this blog says, provocations for greater debate.  We believe firmly that increasing communication leads to development and progress.  As we increase our communication with one another, across our specialisms, and as we bring in ideas from other professions altogether, then we will find areas that we can learn from.

We also believe that for training to have real meaning and impact for you (and value for the people who are paying) that it is important to supplement our face to face delivery with associated online resources.  And that is where we suspect we are going to encounter problems.

Early feedback from people attending courses suggests that they very much wanted to see and use unique online communities to accommodate those people who are on a course.  People want to be able to see the material in advance, and to keep in touch with one another after the event.

The challenge that they have is getting through that great paternalistic guardian, the NHS firewall.

Industries in the private sector have all wrestled with this policy of internet access and use.  The restrictions and filters that appear within the NHS are restrictive and more onerous than many within other sectors.

To what extent does protectionism inhibit communication and innovation?  And to what extent is the NHS policy, ultimately, useless?  After all, many of us will increasingly have smartphones, such as the iPhone to communicate with the big world outside, as well as the big world inside the firewall.

So we came up with the idea of launching the “I’m An OT. Let Me Out Of Here!!” – a tongue in cheek campaign, to collect thoughts and stimulate debate.

Is the NHS firewall a hindrance and a frustration, or does it help you to feel safe and secure in the warm protective embrace of the digital overseer?

Would chaos ensue if there was open access?  Would everyone start Facebooking and Twittering instead of doing their work?

How would you govern online access and behaviour?

How would a more relaxed online regime benefit you, your practice, team and clients?

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