Mid year review: the state of DH digital

I joined the Department of Health in August last year. I still sometimes feel like the new boy, but I’ve been here long enough for people to expect to see results. So how are we doing? When I joined, I … Read more → – Mid year review: the state of DH digital

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How to be good at work

Warning: This is a blog about filing and productivity. It makes the case that social tools like Yammer help people to be less busy and more productive. I took a day off a few weeks ago. When I returned to … Read more → – How to be good at work

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But what about the people who can’t use the internet?

At some point in just about every presentation I give about digital communication, and our efforts to do it better at the Department of Health, I get asked a version of this question: ”That’s all very well, but what about all the … Read more → – But what about the people who can’t use the internet?

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New DH website: A spoiler and some caveats

If all goes to plan this weekend, the corporate bits of the DH web presence will be simpler and a bit easier to use on Monday morning. I’ve mentioned before what’s driving this work, and some of the things that … Read more → – New DH website: A spoiler and some caveats

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What should you put on a government corporate website?

We’re about to simplify the content we provide via the Department of Health corporate website. The website won’t look that different once we’ve done it.  But we will have made some pretty big changes to the way we generate and … Read more → – What should you put on a government corporate website?

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PHP, cheese reviews, and getting your hands dirty

A long time ago I hand-coded a content management system from scratch using PHP and MySQL for a cheese reviews website. It wasn’t a very good CMS, and it was a rubbish website. But I did it – it was … Read more → – PHP, cheese reviews, and getting your hands dirty

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