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Make time for values


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.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Make time for values

Most of us would like to be more values-based, but finding the time can be tricky.

If you fancy trying values but don’t feel ready to make a long-term commitment, Blithering Values Week runs from 24 to 28 June – long enough to get up to speed with compassionate leadership but not so long that it interferes with your plans for the weekend or gets in the way of real work.

Try before you buy-in

NHS Blithering acting head of values Martin Plackard says: “We all aspire to values but most of us are too busy doing the day job to give them our full attention. Values Week allows people to find out if basic standards of decency are for them."

"Values may not suit everyone,” he warns.

Plackard cites evidence from prominent thought-leaders to show that even brief exposure to values can benefit you and those around you.

“As Sir Trevor Longstay is fond of saying, a little values-based behaviour goes a long way,” he says.

“If everyone in the NHS had values for just one week, imagine the difference it could make.”

Counting the change

Values Week is accompanied by a suite of online resources. These include a self-assessment framework to measure your value quotient (VQ) and track your progress from calculating careerist to selfless, inspirational leader.

There is also a role-models toolkit in the shape of an Excel-based dashboard – or “cashboard” – that allows you to calculate the impact of different beliefs and convictions on your career trajectory and salary package.

The Values Week Activity Planner sets practical challenges for aspiring leaders starting with a step-by-step guide to building your own moral compass.      

Those interested in working towards a prestigious Master of Values qualification can take advantage of a wide range of bitesize training and development modules accredited by the University of Blithering’s management studies department. Choose from:

  • Walking the Walk – adopt the confident gait of a winner
  • It’s Not About Me – getting the most out of humility
  • Change Starts at the Top – authentic hairstyles for leaders
  • Taking Others With You – collaborative journey planning   
  • Keeping it Real – best websites for sourcing heart-warming anecdotes and personal stories

Other resources include a “sharing pack” of downloadable posters and leaflets. Cut and paste your choice of values from empathy to compassion to humility, add a photo of yourself putting the interests of others first or being unassuming about a significant achievement, and get in to work early to leave them lying around.

Send an email later in the day thanking whoever was responsible but asking everyone to remember that you have no desire to take the credit for the work of the team. 

Virtue is its own award

The Values Week Awards celebrate values-based success and reward people who are too busy showing how much they care to find time for self-promotion.

Go the Blithering Values Week website to nominate someone you really admire. Or go the extra mile and nominate someone else.

Making-a-difference editor: Julian Patterson



Anonymous says:
Jun 21, 2019 10:12 PM

Is there a Blithering Institute where managers can attend bite size modules?

Anonymous says:
Jun 24, 2019 09:37 AM

I thought values was what happened on the Antique Roadshow until I joined the NHS...