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!
Monday was unexpectedly at home as snow stopped me meeting the Core Systems Modernisation team, so I spent the day on the phone and catching up with emails.
Monday working at home making calls, preparing for the rest of the week on the road. Tuesday was an early start off up to Birmingham. The day kicked off with the Core Systems Modernisation Programme Board, followed by a catch up on the work that was done recently on improving blood donor recruitment and retention.
Monday began in London with calls and meetings. Tuesday was off to Birmingham to join the regular Head of Centre meeting. A range of topics were covered with a big focus on how to communicate better to each centre so that everyone knows what is going on locally – if you have ideas as to how to do that then I am sure your Head of Centre would love to hear from you.
Monday began in London with a day of calls and 121 meetings as well as going to the Department of Health with Millie Banarjee to meet our sponsor team for our regular catch up.
Monday began in London with a day of calls and 121 meetings. Tuesday was off to Birmingham for the annual Awards ceremony where we celebrated the achievements of a number of our colleagues.
Started the week in Birmingham with the Core Systems Modernisation Board followed by a really great ‘Show and Tell’ summarising where we have got to so far. Lots of work still to go but we saw a lot of the software which has been built. It was also clear that the ‘simple’ process of mobilising a donor to come and give blood is in fact quite complicated.
I haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks as I was off with the flu (oh the irony as I haven’t had my own flu jab yet!).