Ta Da! My One Page Profile
It’s funny the way things work out isn’t it? A chance encounter on a Twitter Chat has led to the creation of my one page profile. But how did it come about? What’s the point of it? And how will it be used? Well below, I answer some questions posed by Helen Sanderson (@HelenHSAUK) who got me into all this. Helen has made her @NHSChangeday pledge to help create 1000 One Page Profiles for people within the health sector
( http://changeday.nhs.uk/pledge/1011) which makes my pledge pretty paltry in comparison.
However, as you read it, it might give you an idea of what makes me tick. And because Chaplaincy, and humanity, is all about sensing what makes others tick, I’d love you to do a profile as well. It’s easy, effective and, well, Helen is the expert so she will tell you later. But for now, here’s what it was like for me.
Helen: You are the first Reverend, and first hospital chaplain to have a one-page profile. Why did you volunteer to do this?
David: Well, one dark Thursday evening (I’m nothing if not a story teller!) I was following the @WeNurses Tweet chat. I clicked on a link which you had posted on one-page profiles and saw that you had pledged @NHSChangeDay to developing 1000 of these for NHS staff. I thought this was brave (verging on the ridiculous probably) and had no idea what a one page profile was. After clicking a few links I was hooked. Here was a tool to let others know about what makes me tick; when I’m at my best; what my passions are; and how to get the best out of me. But more than that, because I think that life is made up of stories and relationships, it gives me a chance to find this stuff out about other people. How great would it be read the important things about someone on a single piece of paper. and not just staff but patients as well.
Helen: What was it like to develop your one-page profile?
David: It was fantastic. I spent an hour on the phone with Helen who was just interested in finding out about me (not that I like to talk about myself or anything) and then, quick as a flash she sent back my one page profile. And it was ME. But more than that, it gave me a chance to think about my life, and in that sense it was very therapeutic. I took time out of the busy-ness to reflect on who I am; what motivates me; what my passions are; why I do what I do; who is important to me; and how I get by in this sometimes crazy world. I’d encourage anyone to do the same. It’s really easy to do it yourself, or ask Helen who will guide you through it.
Helen: How are you planning to use it (already using it?)
David: I am going to launch it in the new year. I will post it on the Chaplain’s Blog (www.revdavidsouthall.com) and will make it a feature of my Tweets @revdavesouthall and @WeChaplains. I also hope to get it onto the Trust Intranet site and perhaps develop a tab for number of staff one page profiles there and on the Blog. I would like to publicise it widely so that people can see I am a normal person (mostly) and that there is benefit in knowing me.
Helen:How could you see these being used throughout the hospital?
David: In numerous ways, I think. A collection of one-page profiles of staff can only further cement community cohesion and make us more human. To know we are individuals with a unique mixture of drivers and passions is huge. And if that is the case for us, then it is equally true of patients. Not the depersonalised “generalised pain in Bed 3” but the 86 year old man who loves playing the piano and is part of a choir and who gains strength from his family and hates broccoli. Surely we can see the stories quite easily if we know how to look. and my guess is that there are ways to use this that will become apparent as we explore its potential.
Helen: Do you think other chaplains would be interested in this?
David: I think so because it gets to the heart of what makes us unique human beings, which is what chaplaincy is all about. Those existential needs, which occur so infrequently in tick-box assessments, are apparent by hearing people’s stories. Getting behind the condition to see the patient is part of what Chaplains do; and I have recently set up a Twitter community called @WeChaplains and will be prioritising the profile amongst my colleagues there as well.
Helen: What is your pledge for NHS Change day?
David: My pledge can be found here: http://changeday.nhs.uk/pledge/1025 and I am nothing if not grandiose so here it is.
“I pledge to be the first Healthcare Chaplain and Rev in the World to have a one page profile, and to pass this onto my friends as a way of encouraging us to find out about each other and to add to community cohesion. To find out more look at Helen Sanderson’s Pledge to get 1000 #onepp participants in the Health Sector”
Part 1, developing my own one-page profile is already done. The next part, to encourage others, is ongoing and I hope these answers help you to think about a one-page profile of your own!
Well there it is. A simple concept but with, I think, huge power to create new communities. And next time you see me you will know to chat about horses and fishing and motorbikes, but to leave me along in the afternoons!