Weeknotes s02e13

COVID-19 Discharge SitRep process mapping — current and proposed
  • I gave a summary of the work we’ve done to enable more home working, such as increasing our VPN capacity, ordering and imaging more laptops and supporting the various changes to the estate at pace.
  • Kenny assured the board that we were still meeting our statutory reporting duties through this process, and noted a number of collections that have been suspended. He also shared some of the reporting and analysis work his team have specifically created to support the Trust’s response to COVID-19.
  • Suzanne shared the review of the EPR programme and summarised what the plan is for each of the modules; keep going, progress where possible and pause. We’re pausing the EDMS (Electronic Document Management System) project, as this requires substantial clinical engagement to get it right. Had we been 6 months further on with this project, it would have been a Keep Going, as it would have had a massive impact on our COVID-19 response — a reduction of the movement of paper records and access of records from anywhere. I want to make sure this is accelerated when we get the other side of this as I’m sure the benefits of moving to EDMS will have made themselves very clear during this period.
  • Fiction: Lost Light by Michael Connelly. Think that takes me over the halfway line of books in the Harry Bosch crime series. Not a literary masterpiece, but miles better than that rubbish Ludlam thing I read a few weeks ago.
  • Non-Fiction: The Drugs Don’t Work by Professor Dame Sally Davies. Finally finished this little book, which was written in 2013, still seems to offer some lessons on the current crisis in that the small actions taken by all of us will be the thing that will keep us with some antimicrobial resistance. Her reference to the study that said that only 1 in 20 people wash their hands sufficiently after going to the toilet chimes especially loudly.
  • Non-Fiction: Sweet and Sour Pork by Jeff Lucas.
  • Non-Fiction: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. Got this at Christmas so delighted to be starting it. We have a couple of the 6 books shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Science Book Prize 2019 of which this is one. Need to get through the list before next year’s nominations is announced!
  • Fiction: Beggars Banquet by Ian Rankin.
  • Fiction: We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka. I’ve had three books by this author on the shelf for ages, still wrapped in cellophane. This week as I staying in Kettering doing my long days, I grabbed this book as it was smaller than the Rankin book to put in my bag. I remember reading A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian when it came out, and it didn’t wow me, so I’ve never been in a rush to read anything else by her, but I’m really enjoying this.



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Andy Callow

Andy Callow


Husband. Dad to 3 smashing lads. Cub Leader. MAMIL. Group CDIO for Northampton and Kettering Hospitals. Ex NHS Digital. Views own. Always learning.