Thursday, 30 November 2017

NEW ResNetSLT Action Group

In August 2017 we published an invitation for volunteers to join us to form a new ResNetSLT Action Group.

We were delighted with the response and now look forward to a very active year ahead in 2018 - the new team will help us to refresh the way we can provide relevant research resources, activities and advice.

We will restart our monthly Twitter discussion forum (book your diary now for last Wednesday of every month 7.30pm – 8.30pm UK time).

We'll post a regular summary of our Twitter chats here on the blogsite, so everyone can keep updated even if you're not (yet!) on Twitter. And in addition we have planned to have monthly features and news items on our blogsite (second Wednesday of the month).

So please remember to start checking our blogsite more often – make it 'ResNetSLT Wednesday' – and let's start getting more interactive. Be one of the first post a comment on our pages to share your thoughts with us!

And thanks are due to the RCSLT Research team for all their support to our new Action Group. Keep watching for more ways that you could be involved too.

Finally, please take a few minutes to follow these accounts on Twitter:

@HazelRoddam1, @jkfillingham, @AmitSaLT, @kathbroomfield, @eliciajones, @VivaldiC, @Kate30304, @heelan_phd, @sallymorganslt, @salpratten, @victoriawad, @lucybenjaminSLT, @lucyjtalbot, @AmySlt, @SChalmersSLT, @NathanielRSwain, @sukhpreet_aujla, @avrilnicholl, @bangerasai, @AnnMooreEmProf, @KatiePWork, @KatieMonnelly, @FranFitch, @CumbriaLancsAHP.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The NEW @ResNetSLT Twitter presence

Did you notice the launch of our NEW Twitter profile @ResNetSLT on 10th October, 2017?

We were thrilled to be invited to join @WeSpeechies for an exciting discussion hour on how Twitter has started to make an impact on our clinical practice.

Thanks to @BronwynHemsley for leading that session, and thanks to @VJoffe and City University for welcoming us.

Here's the link to the full transcript from the hour - packed with many discussion threads on what individuals have found helpful, difficult, frustrating, inspiring etc.

Throughout 2018 we're looking forward to discussing a wide range of fascinating papers with everyone

With thanks to our volunteers on the ResNetSLT Action Group for co-leading those sessions, we'll make sure all the papers are either already open access, or we'll post links from our supportive publisher contacts. We will publish the dates and papers on this site in due course.

Of course over the past year, we've found that in these fast-paced Tweetchat discussions it's not possible to follow all the interesting threads of the conversations. And the condensed nature of the Twitter exchanges means that it's not easy to develop fully articulated arguments.

So, here’s what we think - it's still a brilliant, easily accessible and equitable forum for us to exchange some views, to make speedy links to highly relevant resources and to identify people you'd like to contact later on for a more in-depth communication on the topic.

But let's complement this with sharing blogposts of slightly more extended viewpoint pieces. We'd love to hear from you – please get in touch with us by email or message @HazelRoddam1.

P.S. Are you curious about our @ResNetSLT grasshopper? This little creature lives in the field behind Hazel's house. As tiny as he is, he makes an amazingly loud noise.

It's ResNetSLT's aim to share our views to encourage evidence-based practice in our own fields of health and social care - so let's all maximise the potential of social media to help make sure our voices are heard!

Our new Twitter profile gained over 100 followers on the first day and has been growing steadily throughout the first month - help us to spread the word and keep on growing apace!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Using Twitter to help close the research-to-knowledge-to-practice gap in SLP/SLT worldwide

The ResNetSLT project will link up with @WeSpeechies on Tuesday, 10th October (10–11.00am UK time) to jointly host a Tweetchat.

@HazelRoddam1 and @BronwynHemsley will team up to lead a discussion entitled: 'Using Twitter to help close the research-to-knowledge-to-practice gap in SLP/SLT worldwide'.

Experienced SLP/SLT tweeters often report not being confident in using Twitter, or being 'the only one' in their department to embrace Twitter as a method of exchanging critical information.

In the UK, the hashtag #ResNetSLT was launched to promote increased awareness and implementation of the research evidence-base by SLP/SLT practitioners.

Through hosting themed discussions on applied clinical research papers, #ResNetSLT aims to support SLPs/SLTs to gain more confidence in understanding research design issues and the principles of evidence-based practice.

The hashtag #WeSpeechies is used to focus on a specific topic for a week, involving a different curator each week.

Both #ResNetSLT and #WeSpeechies provide opportunities for SLPs/SLTs to take up 'advanced tweeting' skills, and at the same time encourage many more SLPs/SLTs to make that leap from 'lurker' to 'tweeter'.

This week's one-hour chat will use the #ResNetSLT tag, and several tweets will also sport the #WeSpeechies tag, to ensure the conversation can be seen in both hashtag communities.

Questions will be as follows:
  • Tweeting at work is tough, and tweeting at home can be hard. How do YOU balance your 'work-life-tweeting'?
  • Does the info you find in Twitter stick? What makes you notice it? How can we better promote 'gems' of critical information?
  • What kind of thing do you discover through Twitter – and from whom - that ultimately change your practice?
  • How do you help yourself (or others) to advance in Twitter skills, get more confident, and use Twitter to make a difference?

Friday, 29 September 2017

Second #ResNetSLT_Rendezvous a roaring success

We hosted our exciting second #ResNetSLT_Rendezvous 'Tweet Meet' during the RCSLT conference in Glasgow at the end of September.

It was a very busy conference with over 500 delegates, and great to make lots of new connections by meeting up in front of our ResNetSLT poster. You can download a pdf of the full poster here.

Look for all the comments on our own hashtag #ResNetSLT_Rendezvous – you can find these on Google search even if you're not on Twitter.

This was the first chance to meet some of the members of our brand new ResNetSLT Action Group and we'll be posting more news about this very soon.

We took the chance to interview @WeAHPs founder Dr Joanne Fillingham (see below) – thanks Jo for your great comments and advice to us all.

We filmed these video clips in front of our #ResNetSLT poster and when you play the videos you'll hear the buzz of the RCSLT Conference all around us.

You can find lots of highlights and research news by searching for the hashtag #RCSLT2017 – the conference was trending on Twitter.

And please remember to check back for further updates coming very soon.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Exciting opportunity to be involved in ResNetSLT project

ResNetSLT is a unique online research community for SLTs at all stages of their career.

We are launching a ResNetSLT Action Group in September 2017, to develop new initiatives for the future and to ensure sustainability.

We'd like to hear from anyone who is interested to get involved in helping us.

This could be brief news and commentary items for our blogsite or planning and running our Twitter chats (#ResNetSLT).

Please spread the word that this is an exciting chance to get involved and to add to your CV.

All expressions of interest are very welcome – and we would really love to have at least one student SLT or new graduate in our group.

So if you would like to know more about joining us and can commit for one year, please contact Hazel Roddam by 31st August 2017.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A successful first year for #ResNetSLT

Our monthly Twitter #ResNetSLT Journal Club which began in January 2016 has been a great success.

Nine papers have been discussed during the year, with up to 47 participants being involved in the chats.

Please click here for a summary of the papers discussed and the stats of the impact and reach to linked Twitter accounts.

The highest to date was almost 750,000 accounts from a one hour Tweetchat.

The engagement with our online Journal Club has shown that geography is no barrier, with people joining us from Australia as well as several countries in mainland Europe.

We've also been delighted that people from many other professions have joined our discussions – and that's the message that everyone is welcome.

On several occasions the paper authors have joined the discussions – a feature that we hope to continue next year.

Each month we've either chosen an open access paper, or been able to negotiate with the relevant publishers for them to provide a direct link to our selected paper. Many thanks to all the publishers who've generously helped us with this.

We've posted this on our blogsite, along with a summary of what the paper says, and questions to prompt discussion and debate.

After the Tweetchats we've also posted a summary of the key discussion themes onto our news feed on the blogsite, as we want to share these messages as widely as possible, especially for colleagues who are not (yet) on Twitter.

In February we were delighted that the ResNetSLT blogsite was awarded 'Site of the Month' by Professor Caroline Bowen (@speech_woman).

Our first #ResNet_Rendevous took place in August – that was an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting for colleagues attending the International Association of Phoniatrics and Logopedics (IALP) conference in Dublin.

Tweeting live from that conference event also proved to be a really great way for others to keep updated if they weren't able to attend themselves. It would be great to do this again in the future – please let us know your suggestions.

Thanks to everyone for joining in, it's been an exciting first year and we've learned a lot about online discussion events. Hopefully we will continue to refine and improve the #ResNetSLT chats.

A special word of thanks is due to Dr Joanne Fillingham and Dr Emma Pagnamenta for all their help in getting us started, as well as @RCSLTResearch.

If you have any suggestions for papers you'd like to discuss please let us know.