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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.

Mon 23 Oct 2017

 Umesh-Prabhu-2

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.

Mon 21 Aug 2017

 Hospital-corridor-blur

Blurred vision for the NHS workforce in Wales

With its population and NHS workforce ageing fast, Wales needs urgent action to boost skills and recruitment across health and social care. Jenny Sims asks if a host of local and national initiatives add up to a coherent strategy for the future.

The health and social care system in Wales faces a crisis. Although many local and national initiatives are being tried, experts warns there is still no comprehensive vision for the NHS workforce in Wales.

Mon 14 Aug 2017

 Jane Carter

A national voice for members in CSUs

With mergers and the loss of some contracts to the private sector, members in CSUs need MiP’s support more than ever. National officer Jane Carter explains how the union makes sure their voice is heard at national level.

The CSU partnership forum sub-group was set up to enable detailed discussion between unions, employers and NHS England on organisational change affecting Commissioning Support Units, as well as national issues which arise from time to time, such as funding, STPs and workforce policies.

Wed 09 Aug 2017

 Tipster AfC

Making the most of Agenda for Change

In today’s NHS, you need to reward people as fairly as possible if you’re going to recruit, retain and motivate staff. UNISON head of health, Sara Gorton gives her top tips on using Agenda for Change to help rather than hinder relationships in your team.

AfC can be an enabler of change, not a barrier to it. Approach your union reps with an issue, and collectively explore how you can achieve the change you want in a way that is consistent with the agreement. Try offering up the problem to staff and their reps rather than assuming your way of solving it is the only option.

Fri 21 Jul 2017

 Vexatious

Accused and abandoned

Managers are increasingly becoming victims of spurious allegations, which damage their careers and cost the NHS dear. Craig Ryan reports on MiP’s efforts to tackle the scourge of vexatious complaints.

Managing a new team is hard at the best of times. It’s harder still when standards have slipped and colleagues are reluctant to change. And it can become impossible when those colleagues collude to undermine you – and your employer doesn’t give you the support you need.

Wed 12 Jul 2017

 Heather Caudle

Crisis and opportunity

Heather Caudle is a pioneer of partnership working and one of just a handful of black leaders in UK nursing. As she prepares to join NHS England, she talks to Alison Moore about her career and her positive take on the problems facing the NHS.

Heather Caudle is driven by a relentless positivity which permeates everything she does and translates into incredible energy – even her Twitter profile urges people to “dream, decide, do”. Now she is transferring to the national stage as she moves from being chief nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust to NHS England, where she will be director of nursing for improvement.

Thu 01 Jun 2017

 Doctors and managers meeting

General Election 2017: The NHS needs skilled managers more than ever

In the fourth of his election blogs, MiP chief executive Jon Restell calls on politicians to stop manager-bashing and invest in the professional skills the NHS needs to meet the daunting challenges ahead.

Managing in the NHS and social care has never been more demanding than it is now. We’re trying to integrate two complex, fast-developing systems, both under enormous pressure, with dwindling resources and flaky political support. We’re building systems and developing relationships in ways that have never been tried before. And we’re doing all this on the back of a botched re-organisation that keeps getting in the way.

Thu 25 May 2017

 NHS workers various

General Election 2017: A new deal for the NHS workforce

In the third of his election blogs, MiP chief executive Jon Restell calls on politicians to scrap the delusional NHS pay policy and offer a new deal to our hard-pressed workforce.

In this election campaign, it’s time for politicians to stop hiding behind platitudes about the NHS workforce and look the facts full in the face. Staff shortages are a serious problem and they’re getting worse. There are unacceptable levels of vacancies in many areas – among midwives, A&E consultants, GPs, mental health nurses, and executive directors, to name but a few. And the uncertainty hanging over colleagues from other EU countries simply adds to the problem.

Thu 18 May 2017

 NHS-reform

General Election 2017: Change we can believe in

In the second of his election blogs, MiP chief executive Jon Restell calls on politicians to work with staff to switch NHS resources to where they’re most needed – and to be open and honest with voters about what that means.

My first blog urged politicians to fund the NHS properly. This blog is about how we achieve meaningful change in the NHS and social care. A key question for all parties in this election is, “if you had more money, would you still spend it in the same way?”

Fri 12 May 2017

 NHS-budget

General Election 2017: Time to get real about NHS funding

In the first of a series of election posts, MiP chief executive Jon Restell calls on politicians of all parties to come up with credible plans for funding the NHS.

In this election campaign MiP is asking candidates from all parties to make four simple commitments to the NHS in England: to fund the NHS and social care properly, to switch resources to where they’re most needed, to support the NHS workforce and to support managers in the NHS. I’ll be setting out our position in a series of four blogposts over the course of the campaign.

Tue 02 May 2017

 Active Members

Getting active and getting on

The days of hostile bosses looking down their noses at active trade unionists are long gone. As MiP unveils its first workplace reps, Craig Ryan spoke to four leading MiP activists about how union work has helped their NHS careers.

People used to think you had to choose between your career and being active in your union. The time involved and an often-hostile management made it difficult for union activists to excel in their day jobs. But in today’s NHS, being an activist can actually boost your career – giving you more influence, a bigger and better network and the skills to become a better manager.

Fri 28 Apr 2017

 Andrew Cannell, March 2017

Centre of excellence

Having built an enviable reputation for top-notch clinical engagement, efficient care and innovation, Merseyside’s Clatterbridge Cancer Centre now faces its biggest challenge yet. Alison Moore talks to its chief executive, Andrew Cannell.

“What has made us outstanding and what will keep us in that position is listening to the clinicians. They are throwing out the challenges to us. When I first applied for the job there was something different about the atmosphere here – it was so light, very welcoming and people walked around with a smile on their face.”

Tue 25 Apr 2017

 Corrado Valle

The Road to Jerusalem: part two

Feeling ready to become a British citizen, MiP national officer Corrado Valle, passed the Home Office’s citizenship test with flying colours. But after the shock of Brexit, he began to have doubts about staying in the UK.

23 June arrived and my hopes were shattered, together with those of millions of other EU citizens, and Britons at home and abroad. Now, I really had no choice but to apply for residency first and citizenship afterwards. The absurdity was that I was no longer sure I wanted to stay in a country that clearly didn’t want me. In 2014, I felt I was making a choice in considering taking citizenship, but that choice no longer exists.

Tue 18 Apr 2017

 Umesh Prabhu

How to save twenty billion quid

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

 Corrado Valle 2015

The Road to Jerusalem: part one

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 detail

Back office blues

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

 Scottish Parliament

18 April: Scottlish MiP members invited to Holyrood governance inquiry

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

 informed consent

New rules on patient consent: what managers need to know

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

 redeployment

Stepping down but staying on

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.

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