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!
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.