Why do you want to be world beating?

Brits were told in April by Hancock and Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the NHS's IT wing, NHSX, was working with tech providers to produce a homegrown "world beating app"  Despite app delay, Johnson says UK will have ‘world-beating’ contact tracing. We’re all aware of the story by now, Britain was going to lead the … Continue reading Why do you want to be world beating?

No petting, no overtaking

My memory of going to the swimming baths is punctuated with a small number of things, the sting of chlorine in your nose, the sense of cold when you first enter the water, how sticky your clothes were when you put them on again, the taste of hot chocolate from a plastic cup to recover … Continue reading No petting, no overtaking

Tech enabled care 

Tech enabled care is very much in vogue in the social care sector. With slashed budgets and a seemingly never ending increase in demand, technology is seen as the panacea to all the sectors troubles, but is it? Technological change has been huge. We can all accept that our lives are very different now than … Continue reading Tech enabled care 

A&E App

Matt Hancock, the Heath Secretary is proud of the NHS’s latest app. It is designed to help patients find the accident and emergency department with the shortest waiting time. He claims that the app will be’ good for patients, good for clinicians’. It won’t work for two reasons, firstly it is tackling the wrong problem … Continue reading A&E App

Half a million lives

You know I am not the greatest fan of using targets to improve the performance of the NHS. In my opinion they have never worked as they are too arbitrary and indeed have distorted service delivery and politicised the service. Both of these have distracted it from providing the services it is designed for and … Continue reading Half a million lives

The man who enjoyed his work

My friend's brother, Chris, was most disappointed that I have changed my job. He has been telling everyone that I was the only person he knew who actually enjoyed his work and now that I had retired, or at least semi-retired, his story was ruined. I told him I was sorry and went on to … Continue reading The man who enjoyed his work

A sock strategy

Don’t you have one? Then read on. At the latest Socitm North East meeting we had some excellent speakers. Robert’s presentation really stood out for me as it was a story told from the heart. The message was clear. The theme of the meeting was regional resilience and Robert gave us his thoughts representing the … Continue reading A sock strategy

Yesterday’s world today

I have always been fascinated by man’s story as an animal.  It is some time now since I read Zoology at Newcastle and I have not really done anything with the knowledge but the interest has remained with me ever since.  I have often pondered on how much of what we do is driven by … Continue reading Yesterday’s world today

Social care

These are the times of social care.  It is one of our main topics of conversation.  With an ageing population, a growing dispersal of the family and the continuing downward pressure on finance it is an issue that is going to run and run. The proportion of the elderly is getting greater and greater.  By … Continue reading Social care

Delivering the goods

Me and trains.  I do like them, I confess.  I outed as a train spotter a long time ago. In truth it is the engines, the locomotives that I like, especially diesel.  Perhaps that is too much information. My fascination spills over into my television viewing habits.  I enjoyed ‘A slow train across Africa’ with … Continue reading Delivering the goods