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”
My previous blog identified the key question that I want to address in my research. To get to an answer I need to engage with several groups of people, both to get data and to test out emerging themes with participants. Also, there is always the hope that my findings will influence those who seekContinue reading “Is there anybody out there? Engaging people with my research”
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?”
I used to think that submitting an assignment was simply a task you needed to complete in order to pass the test and be allowed to continue on the course. So, although I took my assignment for the first taught module of my Masters course seriously – I was working on it on Christmas DayContinue reading “….and the Question is?”
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?”
It seems to me that communicating my research findings will be just as challenging as doing the research itself! Let’s think about who might be out ‘there’ and might they be interested. And, if they are interested, how will they know what I am doing. Well, first and foremost, there will be the non-executives whoContinue reading “Is there anybody out there?”
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?”
There is much discussion, in this strange Covid world we find ourselves in, on what is the balance between ‘getting things done quickly’ and how we can reassure people that actions taken are safe and appropriate. The approval and application of vaccines is one issue that will be massive in weeks to come but twoContinue reading “Taking shortcuts can lead us into the mire”
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’”
I am Mike Ash – a 70+ year old who is returning to university to do a Masters course on Governance in the NHS. I have become increasingly aware that governance systems are very variable and I find myself reflecting on whether they are effective or not. Who on earth might be interested in this?Continue reading “Who am I and what am I trying to achieve?”
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