1 Building Trust In NHS Organisations

The NHS collectively is a huge organisation.  Even more locally they are major employers, with significant income and expenditure.  If teams of people are to perform to their potential, there is a need for high levels of trust.   We are all probably familiar with stories of clinical staff not trusting those in management or […]

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Leading In The NHS Expert Interview

In this series, I have been interviewing people who have first hand experience of leadership in the NHS. This interview is with former Director of Finance, Barry Elliott.  Barry worked at FD level in large acute hospitals, in regional health and strategic health authority organisations.  He is also a past president of the Healthcare Financial […]

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What To Do When You Are Encountering Resistance To Change

The demands on the NHS and on healthcare as a whole are increasing all of the time.  Longer life expectancy and advances in medicine mean that the need for services are going to add to that demand.   Faced with this challenge change and the need to make continuous change and improvement is just part […]

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What Advice Would You Give If You Were On The Outside Looking In

One of the great strengths of people working in the healthcare sector is that they really know their sector.  They are also highly skilled and talented, often highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable.   Given these great foundations one might wonder why making change, service improvement and innovation is such a struggle.   One of the […]

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Leading In The NHS: Interview With Matthew Kershaw

I had the opportunity to interview Matthew Kershaw who recently became CEO of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.  Matthew and I worked together in the NHS in the past.     I personally found him to be one of the most inspiring individuals that I have ever worked with.   In the interview I […]

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How To Handle Problems In Teams

Even the best NHS teams will encounter problems from time to time. It might be, for example: A lack of enthusiasm The feeling that there is nothing that can be done and it is all hopeless People not understanding what is trying to be achieved People sweeping difficult stuff under the table in the hope […]

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Is It More Challenging Leading In The NHS Now?

Recently I have been conducting a series of interviews with those who currently are in or were previously in leadership roles in the NHS. One of the questions I have been asking is whether leading in the NHS is more challenging than it was in the past. There is without doubt consensus that leading in […]

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Leadership Challenges for Doctors

I was fortunate enough to have the chance to work with over 500 doctors on their leadership skills over a 4 year period. We all know that doctors are smart individuals who are highly capable and committed. At the same time leading is very different to being an expert. One of the first things we […]

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5 Team Working Challenges For Doctors

Team working is key to delivery of great patient services in the NHS. At the same time many people in leadership and management roles fail to utilise anything approaching the potential of a teams. Working with over 500 doctors, here are 5 of the most common team working challenges facing doctors that were highlighted. Challenge […]

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1 NHS Leadership Insights

Leading in the NHS is demanding and challenging.  From the outside looking in it may well look simple. In this leadership insights series, I share the thoughts of those who are currently in or have spent a significant amount of their career in leadership roles in the NHS. This interview is with former NHS CEO […]

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