The importance of planning & other lessons from AHCM

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In the week that we heard the current task facing the NHS was rated as mission impossible by a new report, it was reassuring to see the positive impact that good communications can have during increasingly challenging times.

In the same NHS Providers report they also argue that what the heath service needs now is greater realism, flexibility and support – luckily the AHCM conference provided a large dose of all three. Continue reading

Where does high performance come from?

It was probably an unusual week to talk about the successes of British cycling given some of the revelations that emerged in court during the same week, but North East health leaders gained a fascinating insight into developing a culture of high performance and how mistakes are an intrinsic part of success.

Journalist, author, Olympian and broadcaster Matthew Syed was in Newcastle to talk to the NHS North East Leadership Academy about how organisations can develop high performance by learning from mistakes and looking to make constant improvements. Continue reading

8 takes from the top table

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How do you get communications to the top table? How do you empower communications teams? How do you make sure your work makes a strategic contribution to the NHS and why does it all matter?

These were some of the questions considered at the latest NHS Providers communications network which tried to explore how we can demonstrate our true value to boards and ensure our work is closely supporting organisations. Continue reading

Finding volunteers 

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Better one volunteer than three pressed men, so the old naval saying goes, and it’s volunteers who are currently providing a vital resource to help NHS hospitals.

Our NHS trust alone has around 142 volunteers carrying out a range of tasks across the hospital. In the current financial climate these volunteers are proving an important way of freeing up existing staff, making the trust run more efficiently and generally supporting our teams across the hospital.

Earlier this year we were tasked with running a campaign that would help recruit more volunteers, provide some recognition for the valuable work they do and broaden the range of people who were applying. Continue reading