Category Archives: Healthcare

Reflections on improvement overburden

Quite recently I have gone back ‘into improvement practice’ after doing my PhD and policy jobs for the last 5 years. So back into the cut and thrust of ‘doing’ improvement work rather than thinking and writing about it. Back … Continue reading

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Finally Phinished

I finally graduate on Monday… two days time.  I have designed, researched, written, rewritten, printed, submitted, defended, corrected and completed my PhD thesis. Some 340 odd pages and 120k of words (I count the appendices!)  Probably more like 500k words … Continue reading

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Q Community

I have some exciting news I would like to share with you. You may have heard of Q* – it is an initiative being led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement. Through Q, people with … Continue reading

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Regulation and Improvement – Polar Opposites?

Picture from By Ernie Smith / Jul 14, 2015 (iStock/Thinkstock) Three years ago, when I started my PhD about regulation and improvement in healthcare, if someone had told me that by the end of it I would end up defending … Continue reading

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Healthcare Engineering

I have been fortunate to be asked to write a blog for the IMechE about healthcare engineering to support their campaign in this area.  This builds on some of my previous writings in this blog. If you want to read … Continue reading

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Reflections from OBHC – finding a research community

Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to attend the 10th International Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare Conference (OBHC) held at Cardiff University Business School, which was focused on ‘Attaining, sustaining and spreading improvement: Art or science?’.  I had submitted an … Continue reading

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Learning Lean

A friend of mine, published this diagram today on his Facebook wall.  (I’m not sure where it is from or who developed it, but it seems to be linked to ‘Big Up the NHS’, apologies if I have that wrong). It compares … Continue reading

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