Fri 21 Dec 2012


Why pirates are called pirates

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

Hundreds of MiP members and other staff in PCTs, SHAs and other NHS bodies will receive redundancy notices before the end of December, and many before Christmas. Spare them a thought. (If you are one of them we have posted advice in the MiP members' section.) Some will also receive job offers at the same time.

Fri 14 Dec 2012


CLAHRCs, executive pay & the employment problems of managers

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

This year MiP is asking the SSRB for a 1% uplift to salaries, urges the full use of the performance pay scheme and proposes the SSRB reviews pay arrangements (once new NHS bodies are fully established after April) to ensure equitable treatment.

Fri 07 Dec 2012


Job vacancies, leadership and the finance function

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly blog of news and comment

1 in 4 women suffer from domestic violence and abuse, and 1 in 6 men. Imagine the scale of the problem in an NHS workforce of 1.3 million. A high profile professional practice issue in healthcare, we’ve been nonetheless reluctant to see it as an employment problem for ourselves. This is surprising because not only do those affected take twice as much sick leave, much domestic violence and abuse takes place on work premises.

Fri 30 Nov 2012


Hunt's speech, transfer rights and losing your shirt

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Its enemies are always on the look out to tar the whole NHS with the same brush. We mustn't stop openly (and painfully) discussing and acting on poor care standards in some cases - and holding managers to account - but we must challenge attempts to make the particular into the general.

Fri 23 Nov 2012


Telling it how it is ... positively

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

The NHS - throughout the UK - is stuffed full of great leaders and managers who can be both positive and tell it how it is. They did so today in spades.

Fri 16 Nov 2012


The same but different

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Spans of control – whether functions, numbers of sites, and geography – are getting greater as management overheads are cut back hard or made to go further. Resilient, experienced managers are feeling the strain. This is a key theme among managers across the UK.

Mon 12 Nov 2012


The NHS constitution and Agenda for Change revisited

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Some SHAs, notably East of England, went on the front foot, successfully raising awareness first among staff and then ensuring the constitution featured in as many activities and organisational levels as possible. As a result, an impressive 41% of the region’s public know about the constitution. (Whatever did those bastard SHAs ever do for us?)

Fri 02 Nov 2012


2013 and all that

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Trade unionists get better deals than lawyers because trade unionists can 'blag it' - which lawyers can't - and we can pull 'industrial levers'. My experience bears this out. Lawyers (who instinctively tend towards minimalism) often ask us: 'How on earth did you get that?'

Fri 26 Oct 2012


Tutu, turnaround and the Athenaeum

MiP's Jon Restell writes his weekly diary of news and comment

Scratch a manager and you often find a clinician who wanted to make even more of a difference or someone always devoted to helping people.

Wed 17 Oct 2012


A nice cup of tea

October 19 is national tea break day, which provides food for thought for MiP's Claire Pullar

Epilepsy Action is using national tea break day to promote awareness about its activities. Mention of tea breaks reminded me about the important role of the tea break for the healthcare team in years gone by. Maybe it's time to revive the practice.

Fri 28 Sep 2012


A novice at TUC

Andrew Cheesman, MiP committee member for Wales, gives his first impressions

As a relative late-comer to trade union activities, I felt a bit daunted at the prospect of attending the TUC on behalf of MiP. Yet it was something I very much wanted to experience. It didn't disappoint.

Wed 26 Sep 2012


In defence of the board ... and branding

Jon Restell on why the ins and outs of a single job in the new NHS commissioning board are not the end of the world

Job descriptions don't tell the whole story about a job, branding is a legitimate concern of any organisation - public sector or commercial - and why the NHS commissioning board needs critical friends, not non stop knocking. Click on the title for more.

Wed 29 Aug 2012


After the Euphoria – keep the momentum going

As we gear up for the Paralympics, MiP national committee member Robert Quick reflects on the lessons learned about promoting health and wellbeing at work

Many trusts in England participated in the DH Olympic Challenge. My own Trust received a Bronze Award for our work facilitating healthy activities – from Salsa to Bollywood, from cycling to walking. The Challenge highlighted the irrefutable logic of investing in the health and wellbeing of our workforce. Click through to read more.

Mon 23 Apr 2012


7 top tips for using twitter

Whether you are a frequent flyer or tweeting for the first time, check out Jon Restell's top tips

Getting your message across on twitter is an art. @Jon_Restell, an avid tweeter, shares the lessons he has learnt and offers some dos and don'ts to help you avoid pitfalls and keep your followers entertained.

Mon 12 Mar 2012


Towards a green NHS

Now’s the time to make your NHS organisation greener, says Stephen Heard, MiP national committee member and sustainability expert.

This is Climate Week, when we put the spotlight on sustainability. We are also gearing up for the first NHS Sustainability Day on 28 March. So here are some tips and links to help you get the sustainability show on the road.

Thu 08 Mar 2012

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Greetings on International Women's Day

Marisa Howes writes in celebration of women's achievements in the NHS, in the UK and throughout the world

On International Women's Day we celebrate the strength of women around the world and the achievements we have made in moving towards equality. We need to protect and build on those achievements.

Fri 17 Feb 2012


Too much water under the bridge?

Jon Restell's blog challenges the assumption that the Health and Social Care Bill is needed because it has already been implemented

Paralysis and lost people have not led to the collapse of the existing system in the NHS, and the new system is a million miles from coming into being. Let's focus on patient care and the best use of money

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