This will be my last weekly blog. I join the Care Quality Commission on 30 July, leaving NHSBT next Thursday, fittingly at the end of our main Board meeting.
Monday was in the West End with 121s and other meetings. I am now starting to get to a point where I have to recognise that I won’t be here to see through much of what I am talking to people about – which is a shame! However, I know that Sally Johnson will do a great job in my place.
This has been a short week, returning from holiday on Wednesday after a week away. It turns out that it was hotter here than there! To that end thank you everyone for the great work keeping things going. I know in this country we don’t really do extremes of weather …
Monday started in London with a series of 121s and calls, along with signing our annual accounts. A big thank you to Rob Bradburn and all of the finance team for doing the important but often unseen work to get our accounts produced. It is a complex process that takes a number of months and close working with both internal and external auditors.
Monday started in London with a series of 121s and calls. Tuesday was in Euston at a summit organised by the British Transplantation Society. The summit brought together a range of people involved in transplantation from both ODT and transplant centres to look at the current challenges and what might change when presumed consent legislation lands in both England and Scotland.
Have spent most of this week on the phone and writing reports. The main topics of the week for me have been the current blood stock position and Core System Modernisation.
Monday and Tuesday were busy days with lots of 121s in London, and catching up on diary planning. Wednesday was back in London again, this time starting with the Transformation Programme Board in the morning and the performance session in the afternoon.
After a lovely warm weekend, it was back to work on Tuesday, first stop the Department of Health and Social Care.
Whilst I have done a lot this week I am not going to use my normal diary format for this blog. The main news this week is that I have been offered the job of Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), so will be leaving NHSBT at the end of July.