CSM. Accountability. Talking

Monday was an early start, off to Warwickshire to join the Core Systems Modernisation team at a two-day workshop to talk about taking the programme into the next phase of work. We talked through some of the challenges of running a programme of this scale and complexity and some opportunities to be more effective.

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USA

Monday began at home before travelling to Heathrow and flying to San Diego for the Alliance of Blood Operators meeting.

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Cold. Board. Fire Station

My first week back after a week away. Monday was supposed to be joining the ODT team at the launch of the new Hub at Stoke Gifford. Unofrtunately, I wasn’t able to make it as I had a bad cold and decided to work at home rather than give everyone the ‘benefit’ of me sneezing and coughing. It was however, from all accounts, a great day. The Hub is using new technology and processes to replace the old Duty Office. The processes and new organ allocation policies mean that more organs will be used more effectively, more of the time.

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Sunny blood, Rainy organs and Parliament

Week started on Saturday night, flying up to Newcastle ready for a 5km race in aid of blood donation on Sunday morning. Sunday dawned bright and early and I joined a number of Newcastle colleagues, donors, recipients and members of local running clubs in Leazes Park, in the shadow of St James Park football ground.

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North. South. Middle

Short week this week with bank holiday on Monday and a day off on Friday. I have however done a fair bit of travelling starting the week in Leeds. The first meeting was with the Chief Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals. We talked about our plans for the new centre in the Barnsley area along with the other exciting joint work we are doing with them.

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Birmingham, London and Chertsey

Monday was a day off, having a day out in London as a ‘civilian’ (as opposed to being a worker!) Tuesday was off to Birmingham to spend the day talking Core System Modernisation. Wednesday was the monthly performance day, with the Transformation Programme Board in the morning and the operational performance review in the afternoon. These are long days but offer the Exec Team the opportunity to review where we are with the big programmes and look for ways to unblock problems.

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Late calls, birthdays and helipads

Monday started at the West End with a series of 121s and catch up meetings. Tuesday was similar but included a quick video performance of me thanking volunteers who have been working with us and Anthony Nolan to recruit more donors.

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Newcastle, Robots and Birmingham

Less racing about this week, although still some ‘planes trains and automobiles’. Monday was in the West End, catching up with a series of 121s. Tuesday started in the West End with the Core System Modernisation (CSM) Programme Board, before meeting Shane White and a company we are working with to create some ‘robotic automation’.

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700 miles. 10 mobile sessions. 6 Donor Centres.

I have spent the week visiting a number of teams in the North and Midlands, starting in Carlisle and finishing up in Coventry. Monday began with a train journey up to Carlisle where I picked up a hire car, before starting to drive south. First stop was with the Cumbria mobile team in Penrith.

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