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Blog headlines

  • Structuring a PCN Social Prescribing Service for the post COVID world
    25 February 2021

    This week we have a blog by Nick Sharples.

  • Community-Oriented Integrated Care
    18 February 2021

    The blog this week is a short extract from a paper considering an approach primary care networks could use to move towards community-oriented integrated care.

  • Strategy Unit releases opensource model for planning vaccine centre capacity
    11 February 2021

    This week's blog is from The Strategy Unit who are sharing an opensource model to help with vaccine centre capacity planning.

  • Time to talk day
    4 February 2021

    A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

  • Supporting Staff: the emergence of ‘long-covid’
    28 January 2021

    As we are now well into a second, or is it now the third, wave of Covid-19 it is becoming apparent that Covid is something we have not experienced before and it has unique implications for staff management. It is not just the possibility that staff may become acutely ill with the virus, but that for some they may go on to develop persistent debilitating symptoms that will affect their ability to go back to work. This article looks at the implications of long-covid for HR and service managers when looking to support health care professionals (HCPs) return to work.

  • Link of the week: Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR)
    21 January 2021

    This week we are sharing a link to the Clinically-Led workforce and Activity Redesign (CLEAR) site that is funded by Health Education England.

  • So much more than an extra pair of hands
    14 January 2021

    The introduction of the additional roles reimbursement scheme for primary care networks has started to grow capacity in general practice to address the unsustainably high workload that has put so much pressure on GPs.

  • Primary Care Networks – how did we get here?
    7 January 2021

    This week we are sharing a blog by PCC’s chairman David Colin-Thomé.

  • A year like no other
    17 December 2020

    On 5 July 1948 the NHS was born, over the last 72 years challenges and changes have been remarkable but the service has probably never been tested as much as in the last nine months. There have previously been numerous re-organisations, multiple changes to hospitals, mental health services and a shift from the family doctor towards more integrated primary care services delivered by a range of professionals. However, rapid transformation of services to embrace digital technologies, and a shift change to work differently has been forced upon all areas of the health service this year.

  • Guest blog: David Hotchin
    11 December 2020

    This week we have a guest blog that was submitted to us by David Hotchin, written by a retired friend....obviously, he's used a little poetic licence.

  • What now for commissioning?
    3 December 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 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.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Don’t miss out - the Blithering Awards are back

The deadline for the Blithering Success at Scale (BS2) Awards has been extended for a third time to give you a further opportunity to get the recognition you deserve.

The lack of entries to date means you stand a great chance of success – increase your chances still further by booking up to 10 tables at just £125 a head. Or sponsor an award category and get a seat at the Celebrating Leadership table and your photograph in the Blithering Journal with head judges Martin Plackard, Liz Wanhope and Sir Trevor Longstay.

The BS2 Awards is your opportunity to shine, whatever your actual level of competency or achievement. Previous winners have gone on to

  • Disappear into the obscurity whence they came
  • Be exposed as a charlatan or worse, usually as the result of a Journal investigation
  • Disgrace and/or jail.

The runners-up (or “losers”) come back year after year to celebrate success, drink cheap wine, network with colleagues and share learning and bodily fluids. It all takes place in the prestigious surroundings of the Blithering Cricket Club pavilion and later, after the Spread Disco, in the intimacy of the nets.

This year there are more categories than ever – 243 to be precise – to celebrate the enormous achievement of the Journal’s sponsorship packages sales team. So once again celebrity compere, the hilarious comedian Les Dennis, will have the opportunity to revisit his side-splitting “four hour waits until coffee” material.

Award categories include:

  • Clinical commissioning group of the year (must be viable at date of awards or have a published viability plan)
  • Self-styled clinical leader on Twitter of the year (entries closed due to high volume of demand)
  • Compassionate clinical waste company of the year (sponsored award)
  • Innovative healthcare app of the year (must be innovative)
  • Chief executive of the year (must have no impending or ongoing disciplinary hearings or criminal investigations).

Every entry will be judged by the same six criteria, each with its own dedicated judges. The criteria are: vision, compassion, plausibility, earnestness, enthusiasm and diversity. The judges will be asking such searching questions as: What was the ambition of the project? What outcomes, if any, have there been so far? How compelling is the evidence in terms of number of pages? Does the entry come with an embarrassing video? How many tables did the organisation commit to?

The judging panel is also bigger than ever, with no less than 83 leaders, influencers and subject experts hand-picked for their availability and value for money. They include Blithering Council leader Alan Spume, hospital chief executive Stephanie Stent, independent brand consultant Natalie Plackard, chair of the Blithering Chambers of Commerce Dr David Rummage, visiting professor of truisms from the US Don Tweed and a junior health minister from the Wilson government, Anthony Redbridge.

Head judge Martin Plackard said: “We’re looking for examples that show not just ambition but what the Greeks call hubris, that special extra something that says we’re doing this at a scale and pace that hasn’t been tried before.

“If you’re a true innovator, it may be too early to talk about outcomes, so tell us instead about promising early signs of success and provide details of your social media rollout and spread plans. Is it transformative? How transformative? How passionate are you about transformation?

“What have you done to get buy-in and ownership? What about patients – have you ever met one? These are the things that will really impress the judges.”

Entries for the BS2 Awards close at noon on 22 November. Send your nominations to julian.patterson@networks.nhs.uk or @NHSnetworks.

Editor: Julian Patterson

Anonymous says:
Sep 15, 2017 01:07 PM

be there or be squared