All Blogs articles – Page 5

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    Like a circle in a spiral


    First, let us be absolutely clear that End Game is a profound supporter of NHS Change Day, and applauds both its aims and the outcomes of thousands of tiny improvements to make NHS services more considerate, caring and patient centred.But however committed our cheerleading, we will always be outclassed by ...

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    Lincolnshire existentialists


    Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust hosted a fun jamboree to try and help inspire some of its resident smokers to kick the habit this month.The trust laid on a day of “1940s-themed No Smoking Day celebrations”, inviting all comers toimmerse themselves in 1940s spirit, with the retro dance demonstrators and ...

  • Dean Royles director, NHS Employers, and chair of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development

    Lookey-Likey on the Radio Mikey


    VaughanRoylesHere are two twinkly-eyed, football loving everyblokes.Both have a personal style combining keen intelligence with down to earth, homespun common sense.Both enjoy wholesome pursuits – though one is into cooking and the other prefers a countryside stroll.It seems the only things separating DJ Johnny Vaughan and Dean Royles, the NHS’s ...

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    Talking about talking about talking


    There was so much sense talked at the NHS England Expo, and so very much of it tweeted out by NHS England’s media team, that it’s difficult to single out highlights.But a special mention goes to the SOCIAL COMMAND CENTRE – a sinister sounding piece of apparatus which in fact ...

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    Love over fear in managing absenteeism


    Managers need to show they care about the wellbeing of their employees

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    The long walk to the boardroom


    Are we a bunch of hard-nosed hacks who have seen too much of the cutthroat world of health policy? Yes, probably so, but even End Game’s icicle heart was warmed by a recent missive from Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust.We opened the chief executive’s report expecting the financial warnings and ...

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    You can't run trusts like football clubs


    It can take years for an underperforming organisation to get out of special measures

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    Sixty per cent guff


    The important matter of Monitor’s 2013-14 report and accounts was on the agenda at the regulator’s latest board meeting.It won’t be published until July. But it’s not surprising that the wheels have to be set in motion early when its proposed length is 86 pages.We’ll be honest - End Game’s ...

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    Jazz Expo


    If NHS England had promoted with the same gusto it advertised its own Expo in Manchester this week, it may well have avoided the unwelcome jaunt-up-poo-creak-sans-paddle-come-stool-storm it’s currently, which involves the laudable but tricky task of joining up patients’ health records without breaching their privacy, was advertised by ...

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    The Downfall of Tim Kelsey


    It would be charitable to describe as a communications fiasco, but anyone wondering about its impact on the status of NHS England’s national director for patients and information today received an unexpected answer.It came in the form of a Downfall parody video. Readers will surely be familiar with the ...

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    Scottish waiting times still worsening


    Waiting times are getting worse in Scotland, but you wouldn’t know it from the government’s press release.

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    There was no 'golden era' to be a public sector worker


    Despite the perpetual challenges facing the public sector, young people still want to be social workers, teachers and nurses

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    By the rivers of Babylon, or what Ali Parsa did next


    Babylon! The Mesopotamian city-state, whose hanging gardens were considered the one of the wonders of the world.Babylon! Founded two millennia before Christ, whose ruins could be seen from the window of one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces.Babylon! Site of the mythic tower of Babel, that enduring allegory for man’s hubris!Babylon! Seat ...

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    Life on the front line is tough wherever you work


    Many nurses want to move jobs, but the causes of their disillusionment go far beyond their current trust.

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    CQC to improve referral to treatment monitoring


    The CQC are improving their 18-weeks monitoring. It still isn’t perfect, but that may not be entirely their fault.

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    Update the unwritten rules of workplace behaviour


    More staff feeling they can be open about their sexuality is a measure of progress in terms of equality

  • Rob Findlay

    Sandbags, dredging and waiting times forecasts


    What can the NHS learn from the Environment Agency’s management of flood risk?

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    Your 18 week waits: December 2013 data


    Interactive maps of local NHS waits around England, showing the pressures and one-year-waits, with links to all the detail by organisation and specialty.

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    Stop looking for a quick fix from the private sector


    The government puts too much emphasis on leadership and has too much admiration for private sector management

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    And so it begins: the decline of 18 week waits


    The waiting list usually shrinks from August to December. Not this time. The waiting list now looks set to pass the 3 million mark around Easter, and there is a risk of England-wide 18 week breaches this year.