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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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Hong Kong – the Conference May 5th

Filed Under (China, Health Policy, Public Health, Speaking) by Paul on 15-05-2009

So far the two posts I have made about my trip to Hong Kong concerned the way in which they were dealing with the swine flu outbreak that coincided with my visit.

The Conference I went to speak to – a Hong Kong hospital authority conference – was cancelled on the Friday evening I arrived. However, on Sunday, with several speakers having arrived, the Authority decided to hold a session where we would share with an audience from the Authority, the papers that we had prepared.

The Hospital Authority’s annual conference is a special affair. When I attended two years ago as the key note speaker, I felt pretty important. But it became clear from the moment I turned up that the conference was not about speakers from abroad, but consisted of the staff and leadership of the authority talking to each other about what they had achieved and what they planned to achieve. The external speakers seeded some different ideas into this conversation, but what was vital is the conversation within the organisation.

As an external speaker this is a correctly humbling experience. It is as if you are asked to a very very large -3-4000- staff meeting- and you are one item on an agenda where everyone is really learning from each other. This means that the leadership spine of the staff in the Authority including ward sisters- all spend at least one day out of the two at the conference so that they are involved in these discussions.

So when they are confronted by a potential health crisis – as the flu could well have been- the conference would have potentially involved staff that would have been leading their real response to the flu. This was why it was cancelled.

Since we were there and since from Friday to Sunday there had been no new cases, the Authority asked us all to give out papers one after the other on the Tuesday morning.

My only real comment would be to read mine alongside Cyril Chantler’s. He and I were telling the same story about the way in which the strategic reform programme for London’s health service had developed. He from a clinical and I from an organisational perspective and it was interesting how they worked together.

The session was filmed and I will post the link when I have the URL.

All the presentations are available here:

The present and future of stem cell therapy – David DF Ma

Leading Workforce Thinking – Steve Barnett

Impact of NHS Reforms on European Working Time Directive Implementation – Tim Lund

Managing Performance in Healthcare Organizations including pay-for-performance or payment by results – Brian Jarman

Evaluating Access to Health Care in World Cities – Michael Gusmano

Reforming London’s Health Care: A clinical view  – Cyril Chantler

Strategic service reconfiguration lessons from London – Paul Corrigan

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