In the past eighteen months I’ve probably read more than during any other period in my life of the same length. I’ve read books and articles on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, military history, public law, business strategy and leadership, criminal law, American football, health care and nursing and so on. Some of these I read for pleasure, […]
Over recent weeks I’ve been digging into the literature on change management, both as an academic and as an independent consultant. I always enjoy this topic, and when combined with my experience within healthcare leadership and management it’s a area I’m comfortable in sharing the themes and key concepts. Partly because these concepts and themes
One of the things that causes much confusion in the business world is the difference between strategy and planning. There’s much room for debate here of course, but broadly speaking i’m with the school of thought that thinks that strategy is a framework that explains what your company wants to be in the future, and
Freedom to function effectively; Support from peers and leaders; Clear expectations of the work environment; Appropriate resources to practice effectively; and An open organisational culture. (Porter-O’Grady 1986).
Six million and counting For the first time in two years this week’s newspaper healthcare headlines focused on something other than Covid-19 (technically speaking, but it’s a start.) Of course i’m talking about the NHS waiting list in England surpassing six million people (i Newspaper 11/2/2022) up from 4.7 million people in April last year
The Healthcare Expert podcast launched today capturing a great conversation I had with Suzanne Smith from Cygnet Health Care. Some of you will know that I’ve planned to launch a podcast for some time and now it has finally happened I’m excited. Part of the reason I have held off on the launch has been
Over the next few weeks a couple of long term goals of mine will take shape and go from idea to reality. I’m pleased to have got this far, and excited for what happens next. As Wayne Gretzky said, ‘you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ Dean is a Registered Mental Health Nurse,
Happy National Apprenticeship Week & Why aren’t healthcare employers better addressing the workforce gaps via apprenticeships?
This week is National Apprenticeship Week (I know it’s a busy week given yesterday’s blog post.) My good friend and ex-colleague Suzanne Smith (Apprenticeship Manager at Cygnet Health Care) asked me to write about apprenticeships and who am I to resist such a noble cause? I’ll start off by offering my thoughts of how healthcare
This week is Children’s mental health week https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk. I began my registered nursing career working in an admission and treatment Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Hospital, and i’ve also managed a NHS community CAMHS team so I have a reasonable grasp of the challenges and complexity within this provision of mental health services. In
Giving and receiving feedback is an essential part of building a successful career. Whether the feedback is positive or negative it is important to ensure that it is done professionally, tactfully, and with good intentions. I’ve seen many managers and employees get this wrong and it usually ends in the severing of the relationship eventually.