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: Thoughts about feedback. Obscure Duran Duran tracks in IG meetings.
[week ending 11/06/2021]
Writing one handed with a broken collar bone so briefer than normal.
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation?
Kicked off the week with Lucy (director of public health) and I did the interviews for the Northamptonshire system Digital programme SRO. A strong field and an excellent candidate selected.
I also managed to have a catch up with the amazing Kate Warriner. We had a lot of common things that we talked through such as responsibility for two hospitals, relentless demands for information and…
TL;DR: Exploring efficiency options around test reporting. Experiencing accessibility challenges.
[week ending 04/06/2021]
Writing one handed with a broken collar bone on a bank holiday week so this is going to be much briefer than normal.
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Had a meeting from Stuart from West Northamptonshire council. as the councils reconfigure there’s a number of new people to get to know as their roles change. Stuart and I talked about the IG group that we’re setting up across the Northamptonshire system.
Quite a few recruitment companies as I’m looking to fill the gaps…
TL;DR: When is a speed bump not a speed bump? Sharing thoughts on a System Patient Transfer List (PTL)
[week ending 28/05/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Started the week with a call with Derm and Sonia from NHSX about the Digital Aspirant programme that NGH are seeking to apply for funding through. This was a further clarification of the changes in the process that brought us to a screeching halt recently.
I had a catch up with someone who we’d done some work with last year. Our conversation ranged from tech ideas and emerging thoughts…
TL;DR: Looking up and finding some headspace. NGH’s cloud-first policy off the blocks.
[week ending 21/05/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Kirstie and I had a discussion about CIPHA —Combined Intelligence for Population Health Action. The Northamptonshire ICS has signed up to be part of this initiative, so we’re just feeling our way into what that means and what we’ll be able to do.
TL;DR: Appreciating the sharing from the NHS family. Standing down daily covid group reporting.
[week ending 14/05/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Had a brief catch up about the Midlands Digital Health Skills Development Network that I talked about last time. Now we’ve officially launched, it is a case of making sure all folk in the Midlands know about it. Was a bit embarrassed later in the week to get an email to say noone in Kettering had signed up… oops.
Mary, Dave and I had a meeting with a major UK supplier. We don’t do…
TL;DR: NGH EPR Business Case Approved. Launching the Midlands Digital Health Skills Network. Failing to prepare.
[week ending 30/04/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? I was humbled to be asked to join a panel for an NHS Providers podcast recording talking about diversity and inclusion. Not sure when it gets released, so I’ll mention more about it then. I was quite nervous before it started as this is a podcast I listen to regularly and my fellow panelists were people I admire and wondered if I had anything to add to the conversation. …
TL;DR: Jedi partial booking. Diversity and inclusion as an essential leadership competency
[week ending 23/04/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? Jo, Bola, Josh and I joined a call with NHS Digital and NHSX to talk about progress in making the best use of the Digital Aspirant seed funding NGH recieved last year. We talked about the next steps towards applying for the larger sums of money this year. There’s still quite a few unknowns in the process, but the first step is getting it approved by our Board next week.
A really frustrating call with a…
TL;DR: Weeknotes saves the week again. NGH EPR Business Case on the runway.
[week ending 16/04/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? I had an introductory chat with David, Executive Director for Adults, Communities and Wellbeing (DASS) at the newly created North Northamptonshire Council. We talked about the Northamptonshire Care Record, information and a shared hero worship of the late Dame Caldicott.
I met the candidates interviewing for the NGH Digital Director role. The process involved a stakeholder panel, immediately followed by preparation for a presentation exercise and then straight into the interview. It was a pretty…
TL;DR: Using the Thinking Environment in 1–2–1s. Spending more time in ICS-land.
[week ending 09/04/2021]
Who did you talk to outside of your organisation? I joined the newly established Elective Care Board which is a cross-system group which is coordinating the elective reset across Northants.
I also joined a system group looking at the new NHS England planning guidance and our response to it.
Husband. Dad to 3 smashing lads. Cub Leader. MAMIL. Group CDIO for Northampton and Kettering Hospitals. Ex NHS Digital. Views own. Always learning.