In April 2019, Kettering General Hospital (KGH) commenced on an ambitious journey to be the most digital hospital in England by July 2023. One component of this journey is the aim to decommission all on-site data centres, and move to the cloud, particularly in the light of our forthcoming rebuild as part of the HIP2 programme in the next 3–5 years. Achieving this move is a multi-year project, so putting steps in place to achieve this now is critical.
As we begin to formulate the cloud-first policy/strategy for KGH, I wanted to see what others in the NHS were doing…
TL;DR: Saying goodbye to some Digital Legends. Challenging the Board on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion actions.
[week ending 30/07/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Colleagues from the Midlands CIO Digital Data and Technology group.
I had a good chat with Mike Cavaye from SABP about the Digital Health Skills Development Network. Mike is trying to establish a development network in his area and we exchanged thoughts. I’ve interacted with Mike quite a few times over Twitter and he kindly shared his service overview powerpoint with me a few weeks ago, but this was the first time…
TL;DR: Enhancing Outpatient Waiting Lists. Discussion of ‘White Fragility’. Two phrases not making it onto buzzword bingo.
[week ending 24/07/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Good workshop with System C about KGH’s use of the outpatient waiting list functionality. Great to hear the team using this software talk enthusiastically about the things they’d learnt. Amanda did use the phrase “Attention-span of a carrot” which is the best phrase I’ve heard in a meeting so far this year. The second best phrase this year was in a blog article I also read this week (“bell-ringing mouth breather”!!)…
TL;DR: Bone frustration. Digital Health Summer School panel. Impact of football racism.
[week ending 16/07/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Had a demo of the Qualtrics platform, with a view of using the in staff pulse surveys and beyond. When they finally got to Show The Thing I thought it was pretty decent.
On the back of a Midlands CIOs call last week where there was some debate about which components could be provided nationally in which should remain in control locally, I talked to Dave Turner’s (NHSX CTO) team about a few idea. Ever since…
TL;DR: If anyone needs a spaghetti and marshmallow tower, just shout. Packed Group Digital Hospital Committee meeting.
[week ending 09/07/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Ian and I had a call with Alan from Oxleas Trust to discuss what has now become known as “Bed Tetris” (due to my Tweet earlier this year). Alan has done some impressive work to provide real-time views of the status of each bed in the Trust, which was interesting, but not quite what we’re looking to do. …
I’ve been doing this every 6 month reflective exercise for a while now¹. I’ve decided to shift my timescales a bit to align with the end of my first 6 months as Group Chief Information Officer at the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire (Northampton and Kettering Hospital Group). As a result, there’s not complete continuity from my KGH 18 month reflections.
I use my weeknotes as a regular reflective discipline. However, this is an opportunity to take a longer look back.
What has gone well?
TL;DR: Official launch of the University Hospitals of Northampton. More Group Digital portfolio planning.
[week ending 02/07/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? I attended a demo of the SARD ESR wrapper demo. A great piece of work to put an API in front of the less than integration-friendly ESR product. Really like the approach of Kevin and the team and the creation of Public Money, Public Code.
TL;DR: Was progressing nicely until breaking my collar bone in May.
>> Read 50 books. On target, 28 books read so far. This year I also added some sub-targets:
>> Summarise 100% of non-fiction books…
TL;DR: Wishing Prof the best. Spend controls. Re-profiling the NGH EPR programme.
[week ending 25/06/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? I joined a call with colleagues from NHSX, and we talked about the concept of spend controls being applied at a local level. I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with spend controls in my time in the NHS. In principle, I fully support them, as it stops public money being spent on rubbish IT projects. However, like all these things the essence is in the execution. I remember going through a process back in…
TL;DR: The mysteries of NHS benchmarking. What to do when you’re feeling blah?
Delayed publication until after the CHIME exam. Writing one handed with a broken collar bone — so typo alert!
[week ending 18/06/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Call with the exec team of a supplier who are not performing well. Waiting to see what an action plan looks like. Obviously can’t say too much about it, but there’s so much to learn from this situation in terms of organisational oversight in terms of pushing back on supplier delivery methods and governance arrangements.
Husband. Dad to 3 smashing lads. Cub Leader. MAMIL. Group CDIO for Northampton and Kettering Hospitals. Ex NHS Digital. Views own. Always learning.