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.
Monday and Tuesday were in London doing more appraisals and setting objectives. Although I have lot of people to talk to and there is a lot of writing up to do, it is a great opportunity to talk to my team about some of the great work we have done, what has gone better than expected and what we have missed out on.
Monday was an 0400hrs start on my way to Heathrow to fly to Helsinki to attend the Alliance of Blood Operators and European Blood Alliances meetings. Flying in at lunchtime on Monday I saw Helsinki’s somewhat odd weather, with +10degree temperatures, snow on the ground in a number of places and frozen rivers and lakes (with people walking on them). It was a busy week, first with colleagues from the USA, Canada and Australia talking about some of the big challenges, then with colleagues from across Europe.
Short week after the Easter break, so the week began in the West End on Tuesday. Meetings and calls including the catch up on the stock position. It is clear we are making real progress on building stocks again. Thank you to everyone who has worked (and continues to work) really hard. The issue remains O neg so whenever you are talking to O neg donors please get them to bring relatives!
Monday was in London with a series of internal meeting, before heading to Leamington Spa to meet the participants on this year’s Shine Accelerate programme. It was great to meet a group of people from right across the organisation who had come together to think about how they could make a better contribution to what we do, and develop their own careers.
The two big issues this week have been the announcement of the NHS Pay rise at the beginning of the week and the low blood stocks at the end of the week.
Monday was in London, first talking to our Chair, Millie Banarjee, on a range of topics, not least of which was the continued sterling 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.