Here’s another live(ish) post from the Cardiff NHS Hackday. This sounds like a very neat solution for dealing with a mountain of paperwork, saving some processing time and valuable NHS resources. I’ve been sitting with Jon Hilton (@jonjhilton) who’s a medical student at St Georges’s University Hospital in London. As part of Jon’s training (like […]
Hackdays. The antidote to a clogged up system?
You must have heard the quotes that get rattled out in public services to encourage different ways of thinking? Often misquoted, they get attributed to to Albert Einstein (to add some credibility) and are generally along the lines of: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them” “Insanity: doing […]
Successful Innovation = Scaling Up Successful Pilots. Unfortunately, History* Suggests NOT
Please excuse me while I have an ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ moment. Complex, or ‘wicked problems’ cannot be solved by the simple process of picking up ‘best practice’ from one area and ‘ruthlessly’ enforcing it the next. Simple approaches to complex situations just don’t work (It’s worth a look at the definition of wicked problems for some […]
Do Mundane Things. Get Your Ideas Accepted by Working Behind Enemy Lines, and Don’t be a Martyr.
Having new ideas, particularly big innovative ones, can be dangerous. Radical thinkers and mavericks have a very long history of being persecuted and sometimes being burnt at the stake. Question: Do you really want to be a martyr for your organisational improvement idea? Wouldn’t it be better to achieve positive change by working quietly behind […]
If I ruled the world, all public sector senior managers would do a secondment in the community by @Jargonautical
I recently overhead one of those slightly awkward “what’s your job” dinner conversations. Guest 1,”I’m an NHS Senior Manager”…..Guest 2, “Oh” ……. Guest 1, “I’m actually a nurse by background. I did all my practical training on the hospital wards, qualified as a nurse and moved into management much later on”…… the conversation went well […]