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Tools honoured in Blithering awards

The Blithering Celebrating Success Awards are always eagerly anticipated. Every November, they recognise the commitment and dedication of people who put other people at the heart of everything they do before going the extra mile in their shoes. They also reflect the passionate belief of the organisers, Spume Media, in an awards-led approach to healthcare […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - An app for that...

An App for that…

The Tower of Babel… perhaps like me, you learned the story from Sunday school?   Actually ‘Tower of Babel’ does not appear in the Bible.  It is referred to as the ‘city and tower’, or just ‘city’. The narrative is an aetiology, an explanation of a custom, ritual or phenomenon… in this case, the origin of […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Cake...

Cake…

Expect to be battered, shoved and pushed around by the lobbyists and the propagandists and the fiddlers and diddlers… … there’s an election. Your vote’s important and the NHS is a key issue. Labour are out of the blocks with a lot of stories about the NHS ending up in private hands. Fake news, scare-stories, […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Going home a joy...

Going home a joy…

How would you define fear? There are phobias, snakes, spiders and what-not. Fear of heights and open spaces, flying and claustrophobia. Front-line staff will be familiar with trypanophobia… fear of needles. There are others who are terrified of speaking in public. How about a fear of going home? Hard to imagine? Home is a safe […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - So does the NHS...

So does the NHS…

Out of office, governments extol the virtue of low taxes and smaller government yet spend most of their time, in office, raising taxes and growing the size of government. Technology may well be able to provide them some solutions to their growing pains but why is it, rarely, governments make it their first-choice? Generally, governments […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning

Winners…

Regular readers know, I avoid sporting metaphors. They are not for everyone but last weekend was a very good example of management in a modern format. The Rugby; the tactics and techniques that created the explosive first half and the change in tempo for the second half. The Grand Prix; how the decisions made off […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Toast

Toast

“The biggest complaint about the NHS which is beloved by everyone is about the food, and the biggest complaint about the food is about the lack of toast.” So wrote the food writer Prue Leith, who last week blamed draconian health and safety rules for the disappearance of toast from many hospital menus. Her remarks […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - The greatest ally...

The greatest ally…

‘Just get Brexit done…’ ‘Get it over with… whatever… just do it‘. A couple of lines; page one, chapter one, from the book of management by bullying and frustration. How many times do we hear; ‘Don’t bring me bad news, Just Go Do It’. Two errors in one phrase. ‘Bring me a deal, any deal’… […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - Do the right thing...

Do the right thing…

I’ve had an interesting ten days. A week ago, last Saturday, I spent an hour in conversation with Jason Helgerson. You’ll find him @policywonk1, on Twitter… and policy wonk he truly is. He became New York’s Medicaid Director, in 2011, providing health care services to over 6.2 million New Yorkers with an annual budget over […]

Training Primary Care - NHS - GPs - CQC

Irrelevent…

The latest ‘state of care report’, from the CQC, tells me, and not doubt you, three things. First, the utter futility of using inspection as a method of maintaining or improving the quality of care. Millions of pounds and years of running under their belt, the CQC gleefully takes to the airwaves to belly-ache… … […]