PCT appoints GP as chairman

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: |

Healthcare Republic | 29 July 2009

NHS Tameside and Glossop has appointed GP Dr Kailash Chand as the chairman of its board. By Joanne Ellul. Dr Kailash Chand

Dr Chand will replace Ian McCrae who retired in July.

John Hallsworth, vice-chairman is interim chairman until Dr Chand takes up his appointment. Before he assumes his position, Dr Chand will be retiring from his position as a GP.

Dr Kailash Chand has been a GP for over 25 years and is currently a member of the professional executive committee for NHS Tameside and Glossop.

Dr Tim Riley, chief executive of NHS Tameside and Glossop, said: ‘Kailash has shown dedication to the NHS and local community for many years and will bring a wealth of experience to our board.’

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Bruce Keogh tells doctors to ‘seize control of NHS’

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Journals | Tags: |

Health Service Journal | BY CHARLOTTE SANTRY | 2 July 2009

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh has told clinicians to “stop whinging” and “seize control” of the NHS. 1203878_keogh_bruce1

Speaking to HSJ after last week’s British Association of Medical Managers conference, he also said doctors taking up management roles had to accept they may need to stop practising as clinicians.

He said: “Since Ara Darzi’s review and the beginning of the focus on quality, everybody’s starting to come together, both managers and clinicians.

“Instead of clinicians whingeing about the health service, [they should] take over, become part of it, not be commentators on the side.

“We’ve never had a better opportunity to be really involved in the running of the health service.”

Many leaders would need to devote themselves fully to their management roles instead of continuing to hold clinics, he said. Referring to his own decision to stop working as a surgeon when he took up his current post, he said: “The thought that one can just do a couple of operations a week… is just crazy. You can keep it up for a while but nobody would regard you as a hard-hitting frontline surgeon if you did that.”

Clinicians had a duty to feed into decisions about procedures no longer seen as effective, he said. He has held discussions with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on treatments that are “becoming defunct”.

At last Wednesday’s conference, he said he would be “asking NICE to look at treatments we should be getting rid of”.

He also told delegates that the increased focus on clinical quality gave doctors the opportunity to “seize control of the NHS and determine the agenda of the NHS over the next few years”.

He called for NHS trusts to allocate responsibility for quality within specialist departments to one board member.

This would help new practices to spread more quickly and ensure clinical quality was on boards’ agendas in addition to other priorities.

“What would be helpful is if there was one member on the trust board whose job was to question whether organisations were focusing on quality across the gamut of specialisms.”

The British Association of Medical Managers

Who are we? 

Created in 1991 we are an independent registered charity that provides support and development for medical managers. Having grown substantially over the last 16 years, and currently providing management and leadership support throughout the UK, we are a leader in the provision of leadership and management training for clinical managers.   

What do we do? 

Primarily a membership organisation with over 1200 members, we specialise in delivering leadership and management training for clinicians in, or looking to take up, management roles. Providing both individual and organisational development programmes our aim is to provide clinicians with the resources and opportunities to improve their ability to lead change in the NHS, both at a local and national level. We also act as a voice for medical managers on the national political stage, communicating the views and opinions of our members on key issues. 

What is ‘Fit to Lead’? 

Fit to Lead is BAMM’s groundbreaking individualised leadership and management development programme. Developed initially for medical managers, Fit to Lead utilises a one-on-one tutoring process to identify and tackle development needs. A certificated process, Fit to Lead, along with our Skills Factory programme, helps to tackle areas where personal improvement is needed, while acting as a recognised stamp of approval for good leadership in the NHS. For more information, or to join Fit to Lead, click here

What happens at a ‘Skills Factory’? 

Our Skills Factories are designed, as part of our wider Fit to Lead programme, to provide clinical managers with the ability and confidence to lead change in the NHS. A three day residential course, the Skills Factory focuses on three key areas: Understanding your role, understanding how you relate to others, and understanding the wider context in which you operate. For more information and upcoming dates for our Skills Factory programme click here.

What is the ‘Seminar Series’? 

At BAMM we are constantly striving to provide medical managers with opportunities to expand their range of knowledge and improve upon the skills they possess. As such we have created the BAMM Seminar Series, which brings together a variety of topics relevant to clinicians in management, and covers them in convenient one-day interactive seminars. The Seminar Series has been designed to complement our Fit to Lead development program, but also serves to work effectively as a series of stand-alone CPD accredited educational events. For more detail and a full list of our upcoming events in this series click here. 

How do I join? 

If you are looking to become a BAMM member then click here.

 How is BAMM funded? 

We are funded entirely from the contributions of our members, and income generated from our development programmes. We do not receive funding from any Governmental or non-governmental organisations. 

Is BAMM affiliated to any outside organisations, such as the BMA? 

No, we are an entirely independent organisation run by medical managers, for medical managers. As such we are dedicated to one thing only – your improvement as a medical manager, and ultimately improved patient care within the NHS.  

Do you have to be on the Fit to Lead programme to attend the BAMM Seminar Series?

No, our Seminar Series programme of events is open to all BAMM members. However, those on the Fit to Lead programme will be eligible for reduced rates at these events. 

What is BAMM’s ‘Summer School’? 

Every year we bring together the biggest and best speakers in medical management. This years event is ‘Beyond the Box: Innovation in Health Care’ which takes place on the 27-29th June 2007. Next years event will be even bigger and better so keep checking our Summer School page for more details as and when they become available.

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NHS Confederation pushes manager/clinician collaboration

Posted on July 15, 2009. Filed under: News stories | Tags: |

Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor

Healthcare Republic | 15 July 2009

The NHS Confederation has created a new post of medical director to lead on the organisation’s work on clinical leadership and engagement.

Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor, formerly medical director at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, takes on the role.

NHS Confederation chief executive Steve Barnett said: ‘The development and engagement of clinical leadership in the NHS is a real priority and we are privileged to have been able to appoint one of the country’s best known medical directors to provide us with expert advice.’

Professor Mascie-Taylor’s work initially will focus on the role of clinicians in driving greater quality and efficiency and improving uptake of innovation and learning.

He said: ‘We need to ensure that clinicians and managers work together in every organisation to secure the best outcome for patients and that the medical community can play its full part in decision-making both locally and nationally.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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NHS staff may gain from John Lewis model

Posted on July 1, 2009. Filed under: Journals | Tags: , |

Health Service Journal | BY CHARLOTTE SANTRY | 1 July 2009

NHS organisations could become employee-owned businesses like John Lewis and Kaiser Permanente under proposals set out by health policy experts.

Foundation trusts should also consider developing a “chambers type arrangement” to give clinicians greater control, the Nuffield Trust report suggests.

It says better staff engagement in the NHS could improveproductivity, but policies have consistently failed to make a significant impact.

It says: “Policy aspirations have yet to be turned into practice on a consistent basis. This suggests that more than exhortation and guidance are needed to convert policy into practice.”

The report – NHS Mutual, Engaging Staff and Aligning Incentives to Achieve Higher Levels of Performance – proposes a range of ideas. These include creating “professional partnerships” like Circle and Kaiser Permanente, or limited liability companies such as Central Surrey Health, where each staff member has a 1p share.

Alternatively shares can be owned or held collectively by a trust for the benefit of employees, as at the retail chainJohn Lewis Partnership.

On average, staff productivity is increased by 4 or 5 per cent when employee ownership is introduced, the report notes.

The recommendations follow criticism that the next stage review has focused on leadership skills but made little impact on staff.

Author Chris Ham said: “Another speech from [Department of Health director general of workforce] Clare Chapman or more guidance on staff engagement isn’t going to work.

“The fact that Clare Chapman is giving speeches today that hark back to her predecessor suggests we have to be rather more radical in looking at things.”

Ms Chapman rebutted the claim she was not being radical enough: “The constitution pledge around involvement and engagement is a reflection of deep consultation with staff, patients and the public,” she said.

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