As I’m sure many virgin bloggers have before me, I’m embarking on this with some trepidation. What will I write? Will anyone read it? What can I offer the readers? I don’t know how far this journey will take us, but I think it’s important that I set out on it, and now is the time to do so.
This blog will be my own account of the last 8 years of my professional life. What I expect to write (what I anticipate I will offer, and what I hope will be read) is an account of how I’ve taken a moving clinical experience and used it to help drive change- first locally and then, with a snowballing momentum driven by social movement and political will, nationally and globally. I’ll aim to highlight errors I’ve learned from, ideas which have brought success, and inspire others to work from the shop floor to effect patient-focused change. There have been times of enormous self-doubt and challenge along the way, but it has been worth it. The blog is likely to expose the real Ron- the sometimes introspective, self-critical, but passionate and determined ‘me’, and I sincerely hope you’ll bear with me on this.
My mind is absolutely clear as to where we will start- with Jem’s story. Over time, the historical and factual narrative of events, albeit peppered with my own emotions, will give way to day-to-day reflection and a real time account of the life of someone fighting to drive change. I hope that some of you will join me on this journey.