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Use the Force, Simon


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, 23 June 2016

Use the Force, Simon

The NHS has once again come under fire for hiring a trendy management consultant to advise bosses on strategy.

Professor Luke Skywalker, who describes himself as the "last living Jedi Master" has been brought in to teach NHS managers how to cope with the pressures of rising demand and a shrinking budget.

Professor Skywalker is credited with pioneering coaching methods combining mindfulness with lightsabre combat skills.

His controversial “energy channelling” technique is the subject of a long-running legal battle over intellectual property rights with former mentor and business partner OW Kenobi.

Attack of the clones

Critics say Skywalker’s claim to be able to turn "downtrodden management clones into super-successful corporate warriors” is “pure science fiction”. 

They also raise doubts about claims made on Skywalker's CV. These include his account of his early career as a Jedi fighter pilot in an unspecified galaxy "far, far away".

Hitting back, Professor Skywalker said: “For years NHS managers have blamed lack of money or the Centre for their problems, but all the time they were looking in the wrong place. We have all the resources we need within us. I call this the Force – and in return for a few hundred thousand of your Earth pounds I can show you where to look for it.” 

One critic said: “It’s bad enough that the NHS is paying for consultants, but this guy is on a different planet. We’ll be spending a fortune on his travel expenses alone.”

NHS England would not comment on the deal reached with Professor Skywalker, but denied it was “astronomical”.

Death Star

NHS England chief executive Han Solo defended Professor Skywalker’s credentials. “I worked with Luke during my time at Galactic Health and always admired his coolness under pressure and his take-no-prisoners approach to problems of organisational culture, weak leadership and evil Sith empires,” he said.

“I understand why people are sceptical after years of failed NHS management initiatives, but we’ve tried everything else, including World Class Commissioning, QIPP, CIP, failure regimes, success regimes, STPs and forward views so we might as well give this a go.” 

The sinister gastropod Jebba the Huntt has backed the use of the Force to impose financial controls on NHS Death Stars, after Solo's co-pilot Jim-macca failed in his heroic attempt to terrify them into submission.

Solo is not the first leader to put his faith in the supernatural. Former NHS boss Sir Darth Nicholson relied on a deadly mystical power known as Grip to defeat his enemies. Sir Darth was vaporised shortly before the money ran out.

Science fiction editor: Julian Patterson


Jeff Hudson
Jeff Hudson says:
Jun 24, 2016 10:41 AM

Your lack of faith is disturbing...

julie upton
julie upton says:
Jun 24, 2016 11:00 AM

Nice Yoda quote! He also said "Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future"...

Clive Spindley
Clive Spindley says:
Jun 26, 2016 11:19 PM

Best to jump ship, on to the StarShip Enterprise, money is meaningless on that side, and the Doctors have a magic wand.