Tue 18 Apr 2017
Umesh Prabhu says that the NHS can find the money it needs by investing in leadership and technology – and trusting staff to root out waste.
Last month, I asked an audience of doctors in London how much we spend on the NHS. No one knew. One consultant told me it was £50m! When the NHS needs to save over £22bn, this is a big problem. If doctors don’t know how much things cost, they don’t know the value of the work they do.
Thu 13 Apr 2017
After living and working in the UK for 26 years, MiP national officer Corrado Valle faces an exhausting quest for the right to stay in his adopted homeland after Brexit. In this first episode, he explains why he decided to apply for British citizenship.
As I was standing in the chapel at Sandhurst in 2014, on the day my son was starting his officer training in the British Army, it dawned on me that my resistance to Britishness was futile. The notes of Jerusalem echoed in the chapel and, suddenly, they had a new meaning.
Thu 06 Apr 2017
Shared services have a troubled history in the public sector, but NHS system leaders are pushing them hard. Matt Ross explores the lessons from previous programmes – and asks whether they’ve been learned.
Now NHS Improvement is raising the pressure on shared services, sending STPs detailed data showing which organisations are the most efficient – and which are the least. The regulator’s goal is to slim down finance, governance, HR, IT, legal and procurement bills, which it claims cost the NHS over £3.3bn a year.
Mon 20 Mar 2017
MiP members in Scotland have been invited to attend the Health and Sport Committee’s inquiry into NHS governance on Tuesday 18 April at 9am at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
“The format of our input into this inquiry will be informal which will allow you as a member of MiP to share your specific, expert knowledge, experience and opinion of NHS governance in a private environment,” said Claire Pullar, MiP’s national officer for Scotland.
Fri 17 Feb 2017
Legal Eye: Linda Millband runs through what managers need to know about new rules on patient consent.
As a result of a supreme Court ruling, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, are now under a clear duty to take reasonable care to ensure that patients are aware of all material risks involved in a procedure.
Wed 08 Feb 2017
THE SHARP END: the NHS’s redeployment policies are hugely wasteful of both management talent and public money, argues one MiP member.
When I had to leave my role as a senior manager, I discovered that the NHS has a well-used but little-known system for easing people out of top jobs. And I learned that it doesn’t work well for anyone: trusts, our healthcare system, managers, patients or the taxpayer.
Tue 31 Jan 2017
You plan your future around your pension, so mistakes can really throw a spanner in the works. Craig Ryan spoke to one MiP member about how the union helped rescue his retirement plans.
Pensions are hard. In the NHS, with several different schemes and many arcane rules, even the supposed experts can get it wrong. When they do, your union can help you to navigate the system and get the pension you’re entitled to.
Mon 23 Jan 2017
Have you been asked to investigate a colleague’s conduct or performance? MiP national officer Andy Hardy sees NHS investigators make the same mistakes over and over again. Here’s his tips for avoiding costly and career-damaging pitfalls.
Many people don’t realise how pressurised, difficult and time consuming investigations can be. Consider carefully whether you’re right for the job. Investigations can drag on for months or even years, especially if you end up in front of an Employment Tribunal or the GMC. Are you prepared for that?
Thu 05 Jan 2017
The doyen of NHS management, UCLH’s Sir Robert Naylor, talks to Alison Moore about his 45-year NHS career, the prospects for aspiring leaders, and how he still hopes to have a hand in the NHS’s future.
Few NHS leaders can offer as wide a range of perspectives on NHS management as Sir Robert Naylor. In over 30 years as a chief executive he has seen more than a dozen health secretaries come and go, the ebb and flow of good times and austerity, and both centralisation and decentralisation fall in and out of fashion.
Tue 20 Dec 2016
Sustainability and Transformation Plans may save the NHS or drag it further into the mire. Yet staff and patients have been shut out of the conversation so far. Craig Ryan takes a first look at what STPs might mean for managers working for the NHS.
The 5YFV’s broad vision for the NHS was breezily optimistic, but STPs are – or will be – all about the grinding detail of realising it. In these 44 hastily cobbled-together “foot-prints” the stark reality of what £22bn in efficiency savings really means for the NHS will play itself out.
Tue 20 Dec 2016
Without more honesty, stability and time, we risk throwing away a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform health and care services, says MiP chief executive Jon Restell.
MiP was an enthusiastic supporter of the Five Year Forward View. Now we see the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our care system for the better. Our views are shared by many managers.
Thu 01 Dec 2016
MiP Conference 2016: With STPs set to bring sweeping changes to posts and job descriptions across the NHS, delegates at a conference workshop discussed how to protect the integrity of the job evaluation system.
“People are not getting training, employers are using outside consultants with no experience of the NHS or Agenda for Change, and they’re looking for shortcuts, not evaluating all the factors and not doing consistency checking.”
Wed 02 Nov 2016
An aggressive, incompetent or bad-tempered boss can turn even the job of your dreams into a nightmare. Craig Ryan gathers some tips for “managing upwards” – and perhaps turning the situation to your advantage.
If you’re otherwise satisfied with your job, use the situation to develop your skills and become a better manager yourself. If something else – your job description, workload or the organisation itself – is at the root of your unhappiness, tackle those issues first.
Tue 25 Oct 2016
Jo Seery gives some advice to managers on avoiding accusations of bullying when tackling poor performance
A growing number of MiP members report being accused of bullying and harassment when tackling poor performance. Such accusations can have severe implications - including suspensions or unpleasant, protracted investigations, so it's important that managers understand how the law deals with accusations of bullying.
Tue 18 Oct 2016
Investigations and grievances can often drag on for months or years, creating uncertainty and stress for everyone involved. Steve Smith calls for a more supportive approach from NHS employers
Too often, I hear about health professionals who have been arbitrarily cold-shouldered by their peers, or left wholly reliant on their trade union for advice and support because their employer is, in the words of one member, “nowhere to be found”.
Mon 10 Oct 2016
INTERVIEW: Barts Health is the NHS's largest trust - and comes with finanical and quality troubles to match. Alison Moore interviews chief exective Alwen Williams about turning round the NHS's stricken supertanker
If you’re looking for the biggest operational challenge in the NHS, running Barts Health Trust is surely it. The NHS’s largest trust in terms of staff and turnover, it has been judged inadequate on quality and finds itself in financial special measures. Turning this behemoth round is going to demand everything even an exceptional manager can throw at it.
Mon 03 Oct 2016
Far from “taking back control”, Brexit has plunged the NHS into a period of radical uncertainty, with unpredictable consequences for funding, staffing and research. Craig Ryan reports.
A month before the EU referendum, a poll commissioned by CIPFA found that 31% of voters thought Brexit would benefit the NHS and 46% thought it would have no impact at all. CIPFA also polled NHS chief executives and financial directors: 95% thought Brexit would harm the NHS.
Thu 22 Sep 2016
The “Once for Wales” project has transformed staff training across NHS Wales, cutting costs, raising quality and boosting compliance. Matt Ross spoke to the handful of visionaries who made it happen.
I remember the bad old days, when people used to do everything separately, and work in competition rather than collaboration. People were all off developing products with slight variations. But this project has pulled together all those good ideas; all that knowledge and expertise.
Mon 12 Sep 2016
Many health organisations have spent years undergoing constant change - and it isn't over yet. Matt Ross offers some advice for team leaders.
Before embracing change, people must understand why the status quo is untenable, see the goal as desirable, and believe it can be delivered. So explain clearly the risks of leaving things as they are, the benefits of change and how you will address the obstacles.
Fri 02 Sep 2016
There’s no single “right” way to deal with email overload, but experts agree on some basic steps. Follow these tips from Craig Ryan and you should find a method that works for you.
Email is a tool, how you use it is up to you. Do you want to read news in your email? Do you find updates from your social media accounts annoying? Do you really need daily briefings? It’s your inbox – decide what should be there and get rid of everything else.