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Beating the blues


Blog headlines

  • What White people don’t see
    26 November 2020

    This year’s Black History Month (BHM) has, unfortunately, in its shadow another example of why campaigns like this exist.

  • Primary Care: Why don’t we talk about Racism?
    20 November 2020

    Rita Symons is an ex NHS leader who is now a leadership consultant, coach and facilitator. Her work is mainly in the NHS and she is an associate for PCC offering facilitation, coaching, strategy development and team development activities. She is a concerned but hopeful world citizen and combines work in the NHS with a board role in a non for profit organisation and an interest in writing.

  • Primary Care and the Health of the Public
    12 November 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • What now for primary care
    4 November 2020

    By Professor David Colin-Thomé, OBE, chair of PCC and formerly a GP for 36 years, the National Clinical Director of Primary, Dept of Health England 2001- 10 and visiting Professor Manchester and Durham Universities.

  • Boosting your resilience
    30 October 2020

    The last year has been a difficult one, who would have imagined last Christmas that we would have been in lockdown, with the NHS seriously tested by a global pandemic. So much change has happened and the resilience of people working in and with health and care services has been seriously tested. Resilience is our ability to deal with, find strengths in and/or recover from difficult situations. Its sometimes referred to as “bounceabiliy” – but bouncing in what way?

  • Link of the week: National Cholesterol Month
    23 October 2020

    Every month or week of the year seems to be an awareness week, October has more than its fair share.

  • New redeployment service offers talent pool of motivated, work-ready individuals
    15 October 2020

    People 1st International have shared some of the work they are doing to support people displaced from industries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is an opportunity for health and care services to benefit from this workforce.

  • Link of the week
    9 October 2020

    Article published in the BMJ looking at the ability of the health service to quickly bounce back to pre-Covid levels of activity and considers if it is desirable.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    2 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article.

  • Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective
    1 October 2020

    This week Jessie Cunnett, director of health and social care at Transverse has shared this article - Virtual Consultations– the patient perspective.

  • Celebrating innovation in eye research
    24 September 2020

    This week Julian Jackson from VisionBridge has shared a report on eye research.

  • Link of the week: Comprehensive Spending Review and Covid-19
    24 September 2020

    This week we are sharing a blog that outlines the funding pressures and uncertainties faced by the health and care system

  • Risk stratifying elective care patients
    10 September 2020

    This blog has been shared by MBI healthcare technologies. As services are starting to treat routine patients those on waiting lists are making enquiries as to where they are on the list, and if they are still on the list.

  • Link of the week
    4 September 2020

    This week the link we would like to share are reflections from physiotherapy students on placement at Alzheimer Scotland https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/

  • Link of the week
    28 August 2020

    This week we would like to share a blog published on the Mind website about being a BAME health worker in the pandemic.

  • Remote clinical triage model
    20 August 2020

    This week we are sharing how a remote clinical triage model was implemented at Tollgate Medical Centre. This has been shared with us by Sarah Portway, a Nurse, and Clinical Services Manager at Tollgate Medical Centre.

  • Can the Community Pharmacy become the gateway to integrated care in the NHS?
    13 August 2020

    The NHS is a continually evolving innovative demand led public service the role of the Community Pharmacist is becoming the public face on a journey to the more responsible public engagement in the personal care of individuals and their family. There are currently over 11000 Pharmacies many are single or small chain service providers, while multiples occupy the urban shopping centres and more densely populated conurbations, the value of the rural High Street can’t be understated.

  • Crunch time for patient involvement
    7 August 2020

    There are new challenges for primary care, which could really do with patient input. Mike Etkind, chair of a PPG and founding member of his PCN’s patient group, recognises the size of the task clinical directors have managed over the last few months but identifies two particular issues where patients have a necessary and valuable contribution, that need to be addressed now – the 2020 vaccination programme and primary care from a distance- total triage, remote consultations, and the use of telemedicine.

  • Link of the week - Visionbridge
    31 July 2020

    The link we are sharing this week was submitted by Julian Jackson, Visionbridge.

  • Links of the week
    23 July 2020

    This week we are sharing two articles with you.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Beating the blues

No blog this week, as the editor has gone for his annual mini-break at the Blithering Wellbeing Experience, a joint venture between NHS Blithering and Center Parcs. While he soaks up some fairly powerful tranquilisers, he leaves you to wrestle with some of the questions he has been unable to answer in the run-up to the holiday season.

In the Librium-induced spirit of a kinder, gentler blogging, the questions have been submitted by ordinary people. They are reproduced here without the original capital letters.

Is the government trying to privatise the NHS?

Owen from Wales wants to know if the government has a secret plan to sell off the NHS. It’s a great question, Owen.  Who wouldn’t want to put their money into hospitals, general practice, care homes, mental health and other highly-leveraged, low-return businesses? Health is a super-attractive investment opportunity, of course, because everyone needs it and demand just keeps on growing. Add to that a gigantic bureaucracy, an enormous salary bill, loads of fixed costs and multibillion pound PFI debts just begging to be turned into a junk bond market. You may well be on to something, Owen. Have you considered a career in politics?

Why do we have a duty of candour?

Anonymous (no address supplied) asks how the duty of candour will make the NHS safer. Well, Anon, we need to know who to punish when the unthinkable happens and someone tries to cover it up. The new duty is designed to protect the indignant from an unsatisfying lack of public lynchings. Will it improve safety? Clearly not for everyone, but it will make for much greater transparency, which is the next best thing.

Why is it called NHS Improvement?

Jim from the north-east wants to know why he’s been saddled with an organisation with such an ironic name. We know exactly what you mean, Jim. It’s embarrassing for everyone. We can see why you’re not smiling.

What can we do about all the gloom and doom?

Theresa from London has just started a new job and she’s appalled by the defeatist attitude of some junior colleagues. She has made some excellent suggestions for cheering everyone up.

They include “resetting” NHS England, which will be renamed NHS Awesome and tasked with developing a new optimism framework.

So called sustainability and transformation plan (STP) areas are to become “group-hug zones” or “positive mental outlook areas”, each with its own team leader or “collaboration buddy”. A new duty of can-do will make naysaying an offence and a whistler’s charter will guarantee protection for those who try to keep their spirits up, however tuneless or irritating their efforts.

Keep the great ideas coming, Theresa. We feel better already.

Duty editor: Frank Patterson