My mission statement

The times we are working in now need a great deal of accelerated change and there must be no negotiating that down. So my mission statement for this part of my consultancy career is to be clear that there needs to be and will be a lot of change from the work that I do with individuals and organisations and if organisations don’t want that, then it is probably best to go somewhere else.

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From Vision to Action. Patient power fights for the future of the NHS

Filed Under (Charities, Health Improvement, Patient involvement) by Paul on 03-05-2012

I remember, in the autumn of 2010, writing about an important paper produced by 10 major patient groups and suggesting that perhaps this would prove to be a more important document than anything else that was going on at the time with regard to the wrangling about the Health and Social Care Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Patients’ charities argue for better care – with better value for money – for NHS patients

Filed Under (Charities, Creating public value, Reform of the NHS) by Paul on 16-09-2010

Thursday 16 September marks an event that will, in the long term, become one of the most important in the NHS. This is not a White Paper or a speech by the NHS Chief Executive but I think, in the next few years, it will change the terms of trade that make the NHS tick. Read the rest of this entry »

Little things become big things (especially in an election year)

Filed Under (Charities, Primary Care Trusts, Secretary of State) by Paul on 04-01-2010

It’s not often that minor changes in accountancy rules become big political issues, but over Christmas it became clear that we are to have one of those moments.

The issue will concern those NHS trusts that also have charitable organisations linked to their NHS services in any way. The new accountancy ruling that would come in from April would impose new rules on NHS charities requiring all donations — including those to specialist children and cancer units, local fundraising campaigns, teaching hospitals and local community trusts — to be listed on a hospital’s balance sheet.
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