At Blackswan, we love the NHS. Not just because we work with them often (although we do, and they’re always one of the most highly engaged and innovative groups!)
We love the NHS because they’re there for us. One of the Blackswan team is in hospital having a baby RIGHT NOW! (Push, girl! We know you can do it!) Another of the team’s mum spent 7 days in hospital over Christmas, and received amazing care (When she returned from a scan on Christmas morning, she found a present on the end of her bed from ‘Santa’ – also known as the nurses on her ward. Where else would you receive care from strangers like that?)
We’re not the only people who feel like this about the NHS. Have you seen the viral letter from the American doctor who visited a hospital in Sunderland? Click the link and I challenge you not to feel proud of what we’ve built.
So, if we love the NHS so much, why are we treating it so badly? The news is full of stories about people being treated in corridors, waiting times, and the pressure front line staff are under.
One of the people tasked with pulling the NHS back from the financial brink is Jim Mackey, Chief Executive of NHS Improvement. NHS Improvement was launched to replace Monitor and the Trust Development Authority. Their mission? Helping NHS providers to improve, collaborate and innovate new models of care.
The task ahead of Jim and NHS Improvement is huge, but also vital. I’m proud to have worked with Jim in the past, and I know he’s the right man for the job. I’m even more delighted that he’s going to be speaking at our Collaboration for Innovation Conference in Newcastle next week. He’s going to be talking about the need for collaboration and innovation in the NHS, and how he hopes to achieve it.
There are still a few tickets left for the event, so if you’d like to join us, please do! Tickets can be booked here, and you can find out more about all of our other speakers here. It’s going to be a great day!
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