Responding To The Francis Report: Getting Back To Basics

The Francis report on Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust published last week contained close to 300 recommendations.  Since then there has been lots of blogs, articles and discussions about what is needed to move forward. Suggestions have been made that management needs to be enhanced across the whole of the NHS in light of what […]

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Getting Unstuck and Moving Forward However Difficult It Might Seem

Anyone who has ever worked in healthcare will tell you that sometimes it is easy to get stuck and in a downward spiral.  This might be due to whole host of factors including:  Struggles with meeting targets for seeing patients in Accident and Emergency  Rising levels of patient complaints  Delays in paying suppliers  Making working […]

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The Dangers of Procrastinating

We all know that leaders in healthcare are assessed on the basis of the results that they deliver.  I recently read that on average Chief Executive officers in the NHS get on average 20 months to show progress or they are out. By any stretch of the imagination this is a comparatively short period of […]

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What Every NHS Team Needs To Achieve Success

When teams are successful it is a win-win all round.  The organisation, the employees, the clients and service users all benefit. At the same time success through teams does not happen by chance.  So what does every NHS team need to focus on to increase the chances of success? Clearly Defined Outcomes Yes there are […]

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10 Big Challenges Facing Leaders In The NHS

Leading in the NHS is certainly not for the faint hearted.  At the same time there are many highly committed and highly talented leaders trying to deal with some big challenges.  So what are some of the biggest challenges facing leaders in the NHS right now? Challenge #1: Reduced Funding While the headlines might suggest […]

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Getting Engagement of Stakeholders

As any leader in the healthcare sector will tell you, getting engagement is one of the biggest challenges you face.  With so many different stakeholders what can leaders do to try and improve engagement? Get A Clear Picture Of Who Your Stakeholders Are You can probably make a good stab at identifying the really obvious […]

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Facing Up To Reality And Taking The Tough Decisions

Without doubt leaders and those working in healthcare organisations face some really challenging times.  Some might even say that this is the most challenging period in the history of the NHS.   With demand rising and financial resources reducing, leaders have to face up to difficult decisions. Faced with difficult decisions there is a fine balance […]

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5 Realities Of Cost Improvement Planning In The NHS

With the challenge of increasing demand and reducing resources, cost improvement plans are a key area of focus.  Having spent over 15 years working in the NHS and preparing various cost improvement plans, I know how challenging this can be. Looking back on my own experiences and taking account of the economic landscape, what are […]

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