Monday was in London, first talking to our Chair, Millie Banarjee, on a range of topics, not least of which was the continued stering efforts to catch up from the snow. It was then off to meet the Department of Health team, again talking snow, with a light dusting of Organ Donation Opt Out. The consultation has just finished and there were 17,000 responses, which is something of a record. The next steps are for the Department of Health to review what they have got and feed the insight into the next stages of designing leglislation over the next few months.
Big thank you to everyone for their great work over the last week or so battling the weather. I have heard countless stories of colleagues who walked into hospitals to support organ donation, picked up people in 4x4s to make sure that there were enough people in to process blood, and work in labs, as well as collection teams who kept sessions open despite terrible conditions.
Monday and Tuesday were in London with a range of catch up calls and conversations covering topics such as innovation, internal audit and quality. I also sat on the Remuneration Committee. This is the board sub-group that looks at our pay policies, reviews approaches to recruitment etc. It was a small and short meeting but an important place to help set the tone on things such as our terms and conditions.
Monday was a day off, so the working week began on Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday were in London and at home catching up with various calls and meetings. Thursday was in West End again with a mid-day call with the Alliance of Blood Operators.
Monday started with migration to the Exchange Email server. It went without a hitch and I can now access on my phone and personal devices – of which I am finding I have too many!
Monday was a day off (pottering about the house if you are interested!), before starting Tuesday in London. I was with the other Department of Health arm’s length bodies; people like NHS England, Public Health England, NHS Resolution (they handle medical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS), our regulators …
Monday was in the West End with a series of 121s and phone calls. Tuesday was at the Department of Health at our quarterly review with colleagues from across 4 parts of the UK. Topics ranged from the ongoing challenges around keeping blood stocks up through to progress with Organ Donation opt-out consultation and legislation in England and Scotland.
Christmas seems like a world away as I sit here looking out at the weather, which our Scottish colleagues would call, a little ‘dreich’ (look it up!).
Happy New Year and welcome back to 2018. A big thank you to those of you who worked over the Christmas and New Year period. As you have seen in the press the NHS as been under a lot of pressure during the last couple of weeks which has resulted in the cancellation of many operations and outpatient’s activity.
“Where has the year gone …?” We say that each year and it certainly feels like time is speeding up at the moment!