High blood pressure, or hypertension, is known as the silent killer because there can be very few symptoms . There are an estimated 550,000 people in the UK with hypertension who know nothing about it.
It occurred to me that perhaps part of the reason there are so many people with undiagnosed hypertension is that those people appear to be otherwise healthy. Whilst people with health concerns visit their GP where they probably have their blood pressure checked and so high blood pressure gets discovered, people who don’t have any health concerns don’t visit their GP, and so remain undiagnosed.
So, in an attempt to validate this assumption I downloaded data from the NHS on the estimated prevalence of hypertension across each of the Care Commissioning Group areas, and using the total population of those areas calculated the percentage of the population with undiagnosed hypertension. I compared this to the surveyed percentage of people in the same area who are inactive (as a proxy for being unhealthy) and active (as a proxy for being healthy).
There is no clear correlation between areas with a higher than average percentage of people with hypertension and higher than average percentage of activity or inactivity, so based on this data it doesn’t look like activity has any direct relation to the prevalence of hypertension. Of course this doesn’t mean that being active or inactive doesn’t affect hypertension, or that my assumption is right or wrong, just unvalidated.
Once upon time if you were out for a walk in Standish Woods on a autumn Sunday afternoon there was a pretty good chance you’d hear the slashing of mountainboard wheels through crisp leaves. Not any more though.
In preparation for the changes in how ATBA-UK will be managed over the next few years I’ve rewritten the ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF ALL TERRAIN BOARDING ASSOCIATION LTD. These will be agreed at the upcoming Special General Meeting where the new directors will be appointed, and will allow them to manage ATBA-UK as an organisation that licenses it’s brand name, competition formats, instructor training courses, etc. rather than one that operational delivers those things itself. It means that any organisation or individual from the mountainboarding community can apply to the ATBA-UK to hold a competition, for example, and be able to use the ATBA-UK name and resources such as banners, insurance, boarderx competition spreadsheet.
As part of Restart A Heart Day 2018 we built a chatbot to find out how much people know about CPR and whether we can help people feel more confident about giving CPR.
Over 1,100 people used the CPR chatbot over two days.
Some of the phrases that re-triggered the flow were responses such as ‘/like’, ‘thanks’, ‘okay’ and ‘thank you’, and answers to the questions which people typed rather than clicking the buttons. Interestingly, these all started with lower case, so ‘yes’ rather than ‘Yes’.
77.3% of people finished the flow. That’s much higher than I expected. It shows that people are interested in CPR and are comfortable engaging with a chatbot.
80.9% of the questions the bot asked about how to perform CPR were answered correctly. This perhaps indicates that the questions were pitched at the right level for the knowledge of the participants as we were trying to help them be more aware of CPR rather than test their current knowledge.
Of all the people that completed each step and got to the end of the flow to answer the last question, 92.2% said they felt more confident about giving CPR. That’s a good thing to achieve.
Generally speaking, meetings suck, we all agree about that. But there is one thing meetings are great for. Meetings reveal what kind of people you are dealing with.
Some people turn up without much of a clue. They sit there passively with very little to contribute. And they don’t get much out of the meeting. They could have just as easily have not gone and just read an email about it afterwards.
Some people use a meeting purely to push their own agenda. They may or may not have something to contribute, but their first priority is to ensure they get out of the meeting what they want.
Some people only want to derail or disrupt meetings. They distract from the discussion with misleading questions, statements and jokes.
Some people show up informed and interested. They have prepared for the meeting, thought about what is going to be discussed ahead of time, figured out what questions to ask and what they want to get out of it, and what they want to say and how they are going to contribute.
Google is often mentioned for it’s ‘20% time’ where its employees are allowed to spend up to twenty percent of their time working on a side project. Google justifies this through case studies such as gmail which came out of a side project and became one of it’s core offerings. They say it’s one of the things that helps them to remain an innovative company.
But I think the majority of other companies would have a hard time justifying this, and charities would certainly struggle to explain to their supporters why the people that work for it are only delivering to 80% of their capacity and are spending time working on things that ‘might’ pay-off in the future. So, I have a different take on it. Something called ‘Greater Good Time’.
Greater Good Time is about colleagues at charities helping to deliver extra value in existing projects. It’s about making current things better, rather than coming up with future possibilities. It’s about recognising that people have skills and knowledge outside of their day job that can be of benefit to the charity, and if those people are given the opportunity to spread their abilities to other teams, everyone benefits.
If a colleague has skills, knowledge or experience that might help a project be better than it would have been if the colleague didn’t contribute, then there is almost a moral responsibility for that colleague to be part of that project, even though it isn’t part of their day job. Delivering more value for supporters with limited resources is something almost every charity wants to do, and Greater Good Time is a way of doing that.