All articles by Julian Patterson

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    Oh baby!

    2024-06-14T10:00:00Z

    The NHS England chief executive took a large case of cliches to Manchester. ‘Did you pack this yourself?’ asks Julian Patterson

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    The Groundhog Expo

    2024-06-07T11:55:00Z

    It’s time to “activate your awareness funnel” as this year’s Blithering Expo is here. Once again the event provides an opportunity to share learnings, hear about great examples of innovation and network with peers. Most importantly, it’s a chance to get out of the office for a couple of days. ...

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    Crack teams to get spin backlog under control

    2024-05-31T07:00:00Z

    As election fever intensifies, the Labour leadership has set out a clear and detailed plan to save the NHS, writes Julian Patterson

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    A tribute to chair’s towering modesty

    2024-05-24T09:00:00Z

    Blithering ICB chief executive Joy Hunter shares extracts from her diary – a privileged glimpse into the busy life of one of the NHS’s top leaders, as told to Julian Patterson

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    Taking time to stop thinking about problems

    2024-05-17T06:53:00Z

    Why is Sir Trevor Longstay keen to hold an all-day planning meeting? Why is he going out of his way to flatter the regional director? And will the ICB ever finish its stakeholder map? Julian Patterson has the answers

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    Making liars of us all

    2024-05-10T10:00:00Z

    As the pledges of the new hospitals programme inevitably unravel, Julian Patterson wonders who will have the last laugh

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    Blithering shafted

    2024-04-26T06:08:00Z

    New CFO Simon Shaft delivers a financial bombshell - the NHS Blithering deficit appears to have been wiped out. Has Sir Trevor Longstay made a terrible mistake? Julian Patterson reports

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    ‘You Turn’ service to continue, vow NHS chiefs

    2024-04-19T11:19:00Z

    Martin Plackard, chief strategy officer at NHS Blithering, has made an important correction after a plan to extend health services for practitioners was initially misunderstood. Julian Patterson has the details

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    Rating the CQC

    2024-04-12T06:00:00Z

    In a week of turbulent regulatory news, no one can be bothered to rate the CQC and system inspections prove elusive. Julian Patterson pretends to care.

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    A plan for all seasons

    2024-04-05T06:40:00Z

    In a letter to staff at NHS Blithering ICB, Sir Trevor Longstay gives a warm welcome to NHS England’s timely planning guidance, which promises to make planning more comprehensive and productive than ever. As dictated to Julian Patterson

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    Victoria Atkins: comedy genius

    2024-03-28T06:39:00Z

    In a rare mea culpa, Julian Patterson acknowledges that he was wrong to make fun of the health and social care secretary. She is more than capable of managing without him

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    Victoria Atkins’ diary: My big speech

    2024-03-15T06:03:00Z

    The secretary of state for health and the other thing gives a major speech and narrowly avoids a man in a car park. Julian Patterson reports

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    Are you a competent NHS leader? Take this test to find out

    2024-03-08T06:00:00Z

    Who better to judge the ability of leaders than leaders themselves? Julian Patterson test drives the Blithering leadership and competency framework

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    Integration: the answer to everything

    2024-03-01T05:32:00Z

    Martin Plackard, NHS Blithering’s director of communications and head of system fruition, has published a comprehensive guide to integrated care. ‘It tells you all you need to know – and more,’ he told Julian Patterson

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    A positive lack of clarity

    2024-02-23T09:53:00Z

    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

    2024-02-16T07:00:00Z

    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

    2024-02-09T08:17:00Z

    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

    2024-02-02T10:11:00Z

    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?

    2024-01-26T08:00:00Z

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