MiP MiP

The union for health and care managers

Home  >  News & Campaigns  >  News Articles  >  Summit 2018: “Incentives and drivers are in the wrong place”, top managers warn
Tuesday 20 November 2018

Summit 2018: “Incentives and drivers are in the wrong place”, top managers warn

By Mercedes Broadbent

News_20-11-2018_Summit Conversation_Panel
Photo: Stefano Cagnoni
Lisa Rodrigues (centre) and Sophie Christie (right) in conversation with Channel 4’s Victoria Macdonald.

Two women NHS leaders warned that the NHS needs to give better support to senior managers and develop leadership teams that better represent the populations they serve in a conversation session with Channel 4 health correspondent Victoria Macdonald at the MiP Members’ Summit.

Lisa Rodrigues , a mental health campaigner and former chief executive of Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, and Sophia Christie , system lead for Devon’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, talked about their careers and the prospects for NHS management before answering questions from delegates.

Both Rodrigues and Christie described the difficulties facing women in being taken seriously as senior managers. Rodrigues said she believed that, as a society, “we’re tougher on women generally, because when women show signs of human nature, people say, ‘we know she wouldn’t be able to cope’.” Christie agreed: “An assertive woman is considered difficult, but assertive men are taken for granted,” she said. “There are clear gender assumptions.”

Rodrigues pointed out that women and BME people are often better represented in senior positions within mental health organisations – that an often-overlooked aspect of the lack of parity of esteem for mental health services is that the most under-funded NHS organisations are the ones that are more representative of the population. “Until the NHS reflects women and BME people it won’t be right,” she warned.

Discussing her recent book, Being an NHS Chief Executive , which recounts her experiences as leader of the Sussex Partnership trust, Rodrigues described the role of an NHS chief executive as a “lonely job” and warned that the “incentives and drivers are in the wrong place”.

Christie described her experiences at the start of her NHS career, when she worked as a part of a multi-organisational team, including a nurse, a social worker and a housing worker, and explained that she has spent the rest of her career trying to incorporate that complexity into her work in the belief that “it produces better outcomes for patients”.

Despite the dire findings of a recent MiP survey that fewer than 50% of members would recommend a career as an NHS manager to their family or friends, both women emphasised that being an NHS manager was an important and rewarding career. “We’ve survived this long,” said Christie, “and there’s all to play for.”

If you enjoyed this article, please sign up to receive our free monthly emails - and we’ll keep you up to date on news and events in health and care management

John Restell speaking at Summit

“Deliberate underfunding” of health and care services by the Treasury is creating “great hardship for the people of this country and putting huge pressure on staff,” MiP chief executive Jon Restell told MiP’s Member’s Summit on 6 November.

26 November 2018 | By Craig Ryan
News
Sharp-End_2018-10-22_Digital-tech_Illo

Telemedicine could bring huge benefits but, managed badly, we could end up combining the worst aspects of private healthcare and public-sector IT.

22 November 2018 | By Anonymous
The Sharp End

Changes to the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme1 are needed to boost the number of NHS employers hiring apprentices, NHS Improvement’s national director of people strategy told MiP’s Members Summit.

22 November 2018 | By Matt Ross
News
News_20-11-2018_Summit Conversation_Panel

Two women NHS leaders warned that the NHS needs to give better support to senior managers and develop leadership teams that better represent the populations they serve in a conversation session with Channel 4 health correspondent Victoria Macdonald at the MiP Members’ Summit .

20 November 2018 | By Mercedes Broadbent
News
News 14-11-2018 Summit Wellbeing Gabriel

Marie Gabriel, the chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), led a Management Life workshop on promoting staff health and wellbeing at the MiP Members’ Summit on 6 November.

14 November 2018 | By Mercedes Broadbent
News
News_14-11-2018_Summit-Caring_Workshop

Working in healthcare can be emotionally exhausting, even occasionally traumatic, but many staff don’t get the chance to deal with the emotional burden of their work, Summit delegates attending a Management Life workshop heard.

14 November 2018 | By Alison Moore
News
Woman leaving workplace with her belongings in a cardboard box

A difficult boss and unreasonable demands from your employer don’t necessarily add up to constructive dismissal. In law, the standard of proof is much higher.

30 October 2018 | By Stephen Smith
MiP at work
English currency in notes and coins

30 October 2018 | By MiP
News
Scottish bank notes

Ballots show overwhelming backing for pay offers, but talks continue in both countries on the details.

24 October 2018 | By MiP
MiP at work
MiP Members' Summit 2017

18 October 2018 | By MiP
News
123...>>
Find us
FDA MiP section, 6th floor, Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, London, SE1 7NQ
Copyright © 2018 MiP