So you think your job is tough. How would you cope if you were thrown in at the deep end as chief executive of a trust facing a £10m deficit, stroppy doctors who will have you thrown out the door if you interfere in their restrictive practices, and staff who threaten to down tools if you cut the budget?

Thanks to a new feature of the website, you now have the opportunity to find out. This week sees the launch of Virtual Manager - an interactive game that challenges you to steer Ramshackle General Hospital through a difficult 12 months without bankrupting the trust or getting the boot. Do give it a go.

There are other additions. Together with our colleagues at LGCnet - the Local Government Chronicle web service - we launched a Patient: Citizen site last week, based on the supplement of the same name published by the two magazines, but offering extra content and a chance to share views on partnership working.

But what a shame the NHS Confederation and Local Government Association didn't get their act together on a bit of joint work.

Both organisations' annual conferences are running this week - but at opposite ends of the country. Still, it's only about 500 miles from Glasgow to Bournemouth.

As it happens, HSJ will be out in strength at the Confederation event, where by now NHS chief executive Sir Alan Langlands should already have given his farewell address to the nation's managers before retiring to the quieter waters of Dundee University, and Alan Milburn will be gearing up for his Friday afternoon slot.

If you're there and spot a harassed looking reporter with a notebook, do say hello. If you're not, then full conference coverage will be on the site. And thanks to our LGCnet colleagues, we will also have reports from Bournemouth.

These and other sites of interest can be reached via HSJ's website at