MiP BLOG Fri 22 Dec 2017

 MiP Summit Managers Matter

Managers need hope and purpose

Following the union’s successful Summit in October, MiP wants to challenge the denigration of NHS management and forge a hopeful and compelling story that shows the true value of what managers do. Craig Ryan looks at the work ahead.

At MiP’s Summit in October, a group of MiP members got together to talk about developing a more positive and hopeful story about NHS management. It was a difficult but revealing discussion. MiP chief executive Jon Restell says the managers in the room had no illusions about how they were seen: “People realised that they are seen as bullies or just in it for the money or on the take – even corrupt in some senses; that people think they are interfering, controlling and taking clinical decisions.”

MiP BLOG Thu 21 Dec 2017

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Worried about data security? Try the new "WhatsApp for health"

MiP and UNISON are supporting trials of Hospify, a new secure messaging app for NHS staff which avoids falling foul of data protection and patient confidentiality rules. James Flint explains why you should give it a try.

If you’ve been working in a West Midlands hospital in the last couple of months and have happened across a Unison stand, you may have noticed something unusual – a second stand, positioned next to it, displaying information about the trial of a smartphone app called Hospify.

MiP BLOG Mon 04 Dec 2017

 Dean Royles Summit 2017

The confused centre is holding us back

Dean Royles, director of HR and organisational development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, calls for a more streamlined system to run the NHS in England.

Our efforts to make fundamental and lasting improvements are being hampered by a very confused organisational landscape at national level in England, where six statutory bodies are sending out conflicting messages and competing over policy territory. They can seem more focused on defining and protecting their roles than on supporting health providers to deliver good services.

MEDIA CENTRE Wed 22 Nov 2017

 Phillip Hammond

Chancellor fails to fund our health and care needs

Responding to today's budget announcments on funding for the NHS and social care, MiP chief executive Jon Restell said:

"The Chancellor is failing to fund the health and care needs of our citizens. The extra money in today’s budget for the day-to-day running of the NHS falls well short of expert recommendations. And there’s nothing at all to relieve the crisis in social care."

NEWS Tue 21 Nov 2017

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MiP National Committee By-elections

Nominations open tomorrow for four by-elections to the National Committee, MiP's main policy making body.

The National Committee formulates MiP policies on healthcare, the NHS and workplace relations – including negotiations, and the representation, recruitment and organisation of MiP members. Committee members are ambassadors of MiP, representing the union on public platforms and talking up issues that matter to you, upholding MiP’s values and maintaining our political neutrality.

MEDIA CENTRE Wed 08 Nov 2017

 Simon Stevens MiP Summit 2017

Chancellor must choose between extra funding or service cuts, says health managers' union

MiP responds to today's speech by Simon Stevens and reports from several influential healthcare bodies on NHS funding.

“Our members are local managers in the NHS. They know the impact underfunding is having on care. They know the freeze on investment in pay, our workforce and infrastructure can't go on. They know that there are few short term efficiencies left to achieve and that transforming services requires investment and time. They know the only answer is extra funding.”

NEWS Thu 02 Nov 2017

 Sara Gorton - Summit 2017

MiP Summit 2017: Tide Turning on NHS Pay

Matt Foster reports from MiP's 2017 members summit on 31 October.

The “tide of consensus” on NHS pay is turning after years of austerity, attendees at MIP’s 2017 Members’ Summit were told, as Unison’s Sara Gorton set out how trade unions are pushing for lasting change at a time of political turmoil.

MiP BLOG Mon 23 Oct 2017


Tipster extended play: how to work with doctors

With patient demand rising as the funding noose tightens, relations between doctors and managers can become strained. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Umesh Prabhu shares more of his tips for working more effectively with your medical colleagues.

Doctors and managers often have an uneasy relationship because both are under severe pressure for different reasons. Doctors are struggling to provide the best care, but there isn’t enough money and they often have to work within poor systems and processes. Managers have to manage budgets and meet targets. To work together, you must make the effort to understand each other’s difficulties and needs.

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