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  • 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.

  • 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/

Friday, 13 April 2018

Your Blithering

The latest edition of the stakeholder newsletter of the NHS Blithering STP is packed with more news than ever

WasteAway contract: Sir Trevor sets the record straight

Sir Trevor Longstay has defended the award of a lucrative clinical waste contract to a company he chairs. In a statement, Sir Trevor said the £20 million deal with WasteAway Plc had been won “fair and square” and accused rivals of “sour grapes”.

As chief executive of the newly formed NHS Blithering Hospitals Consortium, chair of the Blithering and District CCGs Collaborative and lead for the STP Sir Trevor had taken great care to avoid any accusation of impropriety, said Blithering’s new head of communications Charlotte Ditcher. 

“Sir Trevor stepped out of discussions of the contract and voting on this matter at board meetings. If he took a close personal interest in the procurement process it was only to ensure that it was entirely fair and transparent,” she said.

Responding to claims by rivals that WasteAway had undercut them with a bid so far below cost that they were unable to compete, Ditcher said: “It was a perfectly level playing field for any supplier prepared to sustain heavy losses.” She would not comment on speculation that WasteAway would cross-subsidise its unprofitable clinical waste contract from the lucrative refuse collection contract secured last month with Blithering District Council.

Sir Trevor staunchly defended the process for awarding the contract. "Allegations that Lady Longstay's integrity as chair of the procurement committee was compromised are as scurrilous as they are hurtful," he said.

Friends and colleagues of Sir Trevor and Lady Longstay leapt to the couple’s defence, pointing out that they had barely spoken in over 10 years and even occupied separate bedrooms to avoid any suggestion of a conflict of interest.

New strategy takes shape

The Blithering Integrated Care System is set to take another giant leap forward with the publication next week of a completely refreshed and updated strategy document.

Putting Priorities First: Even More Steps: Towards Total Integration: A Health and Care Strategy for All: Beyond the Event Horizon builds on the success of the previous strategy.

As well as a demonstrably comprehensive title, the new strategy includes 57 new ambitions in seven domains: 360-degree engagement, clinically-led co-production, patient-centred scalability, place-based delivery, mindful care, parity of purpose and compassionate efficiency.

Dr David Rummage, clinical director for NHS Blithering, said: “The integrated care vanguard showed us what a difference a few tens of millions of pounds could make. Our unaudited figures show that we managed to cut literally dozens of emergency admissions, while massively increasing digital innovation and media outcomes.

"The challenge now is to roll out these improvements at scale. We’ve shown we can do it. All we need is support from the centre, preferably in the form of a blank cheque.”

Dates for your diary

Meet the Team Day, 2 May, CCG HQ, Station Approach  - Your chance to grab a selfie with Sir Trevor and quiz Dr Rummage, Dr Liz Wanhope and other Blithering health leaders about our plans to consolidate services, reduce deficits and improve local health outcomes. Don’t miss it!

Care Home Fundraiser, 5 June, venue TBC – Tombola, cake stall and karaoke to raise money to stop the closure of Blithering care homes and other social services. A great day out, particularly for older members of the family – and all in a good cause!

Martin Plackard: a footnote

The board of NHS Blithering would like to express its thanks to head of strategic communications, digital delivery and impactfulness, Martin Plackard, who has decided to leave the organisation to pursue other opportunities after nearly a decade at Blithering.

Paying tribute to Plackard, Sir Trevor Longstay said: “It is literally impossible to measure Malcolm's contribution. Suffice to say that he has been instrumental in Blithering’s astronomical rise to become the most challenged health economy in the country. We’d like to thank him for his commitment and wish him well, etc.”

News editor: Julian Patterson


Tony Gray
Tony Gray says:
Apr 13, 2018 07:03 AM

Absolutely brilliant, cheered up my Friday, did have to re-read the first bit, as I hadn't heard of the organisation, it was that believeable!

david seabrooke
david seabrooke says:
Apr 13, 2018 08:25 AM

Re- Martin Plackard: a footnote
I think I'll observe a few days' stand-still on this as I can't believe we've heard the last of him.
Shouldn't it be "...a decade of Blithering"?