Julian Patterson

Julian Patterson

Julian Patterson has been chronicling the absurdity of life in and around the NHS on a weekly basis since 2009. He is best known as the creator of NHS Blithering, the country’s most challenged health economy.

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    A positive lack of clarity

    2024-02-23T09:53:00

    Technical problems prevented livestreaming of the latest meeting of the Blithering Integrated Care Board. Fortunately, Julian Patterson was there to capture highlights of the proceedings

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    Saving the NHS: the Blithering Health Commission

    2024-02-16T07:00:00

    The Blithering patient participation group, members of the integrated care board, experts by celebrity and the health and leisure editor of the Blithering Times & Argus have come together for a once-in-a-lunchtime conversation about the future of the NHS. Julian Patterson reports on the findings of the first Blithering Health ...

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    We must ‘hire before we fire’ declares ICB

    2024-02-09T08:17:00

    Integrated care boards have been told to cut costs, but these things don’t do themselves. Taking a leaf out of the NHS England playbook, NHS Blithering explains that it is committed to taking on the additional resource needed to drive its rationalisation. By Julian Patterson

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    Patient heal thyself: an affordable online guide from the NHS

    2024-02-02T10:11:00

    As government policy makes self-care inevitable, Dr David Rummage has teamed up with fellow online professionals to bring you the best health advice the internet has to offer. By HSJ clickbait correspondent Julian Patterson

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    Are you an improvement warrior?

    2024-01-26T08:00:00

    Are you letting ‘work’ get in the way of meaningful improvement? Bev Heaver shares her tips for aspiring values-based leaders and chief storytellers

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    One minute to midnight in the ICB boardroom

    2024-01-19T06:30:00

    With NHS Blithering ICB under imminent threat of attack by NHS England, Sir Trevor Longstay could go off at any moment. In a rare display of unity, the executive team works together to defuse the situation. Julian Patterson reports from the scene

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    Going beyond the achievable

    2024-01-12T12:35:00

    It’s no coincidence that as A&E targets have got softer, performance has got worse. NHS England has a foolproof plan to turn things round, writes Julian Patterson

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    The 'two minute' NHSE director and other stories from 2024

    2024-01-05T06:20:00

    It’s that time when all newspapers fill space with new year predictions. Not to be outdone, Julian Patterson imagines the headlines you can look forward to in the next 12 months

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    Your Christmas gift problems solved

    2023-12-15T09:46:00

    You’ve worked tirelessly every day until well into the late afternoon on collaboration, integration and improvement-style projects. Your ICB has recognised your commitment by giving you the whole of December off to go Christmas shopping. Before the CEO changes her mind to avert a PR disaster, what are you going ...

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    Blithering backs Streeting

    2023-12-08T06:55:00

    Welcome to the latest edition of the Blithering ICB newsletter, a round-up of all the latest news from the country’s most challenged health economy.

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    How to speak manager

    2023-12-01T10:17:00

    If you want to go far in NHS management, don’t make the mistake of confusing plain English words with plain English, writes Julian Patterson

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    Amanda Pritchard’s diary: Passionate about priorities

    2023-11-24T10:44:00

    This exclusive extract from the NHS chief executive’s diary is brought to you by the letter P (as told to Julian P)

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    Top ICB boss defends his 'muscular leadership' style

    2023-11-16T07:11:00

    NHS Blithering is rocked to its foundations as allegations of bullying emerge involving veteran leader Sir Trevor Longstay, writes Julian Patterson

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    NHS Different is 'amazing'

    2023-11-10T08:00:00

    In this blog, first published in the NHS England ICB Bulletin, the newly appointed head of NHS Different, Joy Hunter, traces the organisation’s history and sets out her overarching ambitions

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    Dealing with troublesome 'facts': lessons from the covid inquiry

    2023-11-03T09:01:00

    As one of the NHS’s pre-eminent communications professionals, Martin Plackard is often asked by colleagues how to deal with challenging and difficult situations. Here he considers what we can learn from the government’s handling of the covid inquiry

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    The hidden threat posed by fake medics

    2023-10-27T09:00:00

    Real doctors are up in arms as physician associates threaten to replace them on social media, reports Julian Patterson

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    From conception to ridicule: the journey of an NHSE framework

    2023-10-20T06:00:00

    It’s not enough to rely on common sense, sometimes we need NHS England to explain it to us. Julian Patterson has read the Staff Recognition Framework so you don’t have to

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    Labour will throw everything but money at the NHS

    2023-10-13T13:07:00

    The shadow health minister Wes Streeting sets out a bold vision of a reformed health service not run by a Conservative government. As told to Julian Patterson

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    Marking your own homework and other stories

    2023-10-06T11:24:00

    In the latest edition of the Blithering Informant, director of values-based stakeholder communications Martin Plackard brings you the latest news from the country’s most challenged integrated care board

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    ‘We saw him coming’ – US firms praise visionary doctor in big data project

    2023-09-29T01:43:00

    The doctor responsible for a ground-breaking new software project claims it will transform patient care

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