Health Tweet Feast 16-22 April - join in and tweet!

A week long feast of conversations, discussions and virtual events with research partners, students and staff covering healthcare, practice, teaching and research.

The Health Tweet Feast will take place between Monday 16th April and Sunday 22nd April 2018, as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2018.

It's the brainchild of Simon Stones, an award-winning patient leader, advocate and researcher, who was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. Simon is postgraduate researcher in SoH, undertaking a PhD called ‘iSMART’ to improve the self- management tools available for children and young people with arthritis, as well as their families.

Simon described the Tweet feast, "Throughout the week, there will be a series of activities taking place on Twitter, ranging from tweet chats co-hosted by patient research partners, students and staff, to hearing about work and activities ongoing within the School of Healthcare from our staff and students. This will be a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the teaching and research ongoing within healthcare at the University of Leeds, as well more general learning about a variety of different health-related topics."

How to participate

To contribute to the above Twitter chats, you will need to have your own Twitter account. If you’ve got one – great! If not, go to to sign up. You can now follow the chat using the hashtag #HealthTweetFeast. Don’t forget to include #HealthTweetFeast in your tweets so that other people can see what you are saying

Here’s a taster of some key virtual events that we’d love you to join on Twitter: 

Twitter chats 

Monday 16 April 2018, 8 pm (UK time): How can technology support students with disabilities?  Led by Jo Lay (@joeyjojolay), Lecturer in Nursing  

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 8 pm (UK time): Mobilising the self through social media.  Led by George Peat (@gpeat1), Postgraduate Researcher  

Thursday 19 April 2018, 8 pm (UK time): Using technology to aid supported self-management of long-term conditions.  Led by Sophie Ainsworth (@raiiseuk), Patient Research Partner/Founder of RAiISE, and Simon Stones (@SimonRStones), Postgraduate Researcher  

Friday 20 April 2018, 11 am (UK time): ePPI in healthcare research. Led by Alison Rodriguez (@ARodriguez339), Lecturer in Child and Family Health, and Jo Smith (@josmith175), Associate Professor of Child Nursing 

Other events

Monday 16 April 2018, 3 pm (UK time) Using virtual reality to educate social work students Adam Boyes, Social Work Educator 

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 11 am (UK time) Meet the Professor: From practice to research and back again Professor Veronica Swallow, Professor of Child and Family Health 

Thursday 19 April 2018, 3 pm (UK time) How our research helps people to manage their medicines Professor DK Theo Raynor, Professor of Pharmacy Practice 

Friday 20 April 2018 (all day) A day in the life of a PhD student and patient: Balancing a PhD, advocacy and long-term health conditions Simon Stones, Postgraduate Researcher, Patient Advocate, and Patient living with arthritis, fibromyalgia and Crohn’s disease 

Look for #HealthTweetFeast on Twitter to get involved! 

Further links

Leeds Digital Festival

School of Healthcare, University of Leeds: