With forecasts of bleak times ahead in the public sector, we could all do with a bit of cheering up. One man who can always home in on the funny side is cartoonist Fran Orford.
Fran's work will feature in the next recruitment leaflet for Speech & Language Therapy in Practice. He has also drawn the cartoons to illustrate the magazine's forthcoming series on critical appraisal by consultant speech and language therapist Jen Reid. This will be a no-nonsense guide to interpreting different types of journal articles. As well as being of use to you as individuals, it will also support you in running journal clubs, a stimulating and efficient method of continuing professional development.
If you are looking for an unusual present, Fran is raising money for the Parkinson's Disease Society (now known as Parkinson's UK) through commissions and sales of original cartoons. This offer runs until the end of August.