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The Long and Winding road – one researcher’s journey

My research supervisors at Queen Margaret University suggested that turning my initial thoughts about what I wanted to explore about the governance of the NHS into a clear research proposal is like travelling down a winding road, with a distant view of the final destination – and lots of tempting turnings that need to beContinue reading “The Long and Winding road – one researcher’s journey”

“Neither fish nor fowl” – what are non-executive directors and can they make the the NHS better?

Ever since I started my career in managing, and being involved in the governance of, various public services – and that was back in the 1970’s – I have been interested in how those responsible for ‘running the show’ did – or didn’t – account for their actions.  When I was first appointed as aContinue reading ““Neither fish nor fowl” – what are non-executive directors and can they make the the NHS better?”

Light Touch or Looking Away?

How to carry out an effective governance role at the time of a national emergency isn’t in any text book. Non-executives[NED’s] are desperate to contribute but do not want to burden managers with extra meetings, and time spent writing papers, when that time could be used to manage the organisation. But collectively the NED’s onContinue reading “Light Touch or Looking Away?”

So what do non-executive directors in the NHS actually do – and should we care?

Ever since I started my career in managing various public services – and that was back in the 1970’s – I have been interested in how those charged with running the show did – or didn’t – account for their actions. As a chief officer in a local authority, I had to report to electedContinue reading “So what do non-executive directors in the NHS actually do – and should we care?”

‘Stuff Happens’

I found myself wondering whether lay-members of NHS Boards, who normally do not haveexperience in managing or delivering health services, can avert ‘adverse incidents’.Recently I was very much involved with the post-mortem as to why the new ‘Sick Kids’ hospital in Edinburgh was not able to open on time. As well as the clinical fallContinue reading “‘Stuff Happens’”

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