How to be paperwork happy

Travel, it’s said, broadens the mind. Well, that kind of depends on your destination, your travel companions, your method of conveyance and, more poignantly these days, the hassle factor involved by travelling at a time of pestilence and contagion.  How quickly we forget the ease of flying and flopping somewhere on a whim – and paying…

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Down but not out

We who work in what is sometimes described as “creative services” can find pleasure in strange places: we can mount a spirited argument over the use of a comma here or a full point there. We can, and do, agonise about words, nuance and punctuation (although that is now deemed elitist). How we suffer for…

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If A&E’s the answer, what’s the question?

I have recently descended into the gritty reality of the UK health sector from the utopian heights of a frivolous arts degree. It was almost by providence that, barely three weeks into my internship, a sprained ankle thrust me foot-first into what I now refer to as “the front line” and “the patient experience”.  All…

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PRs bad PR?

Like it or not, we live in a world where it’s actually quite difficult not to be connected in one form or another. Anyone with a phone or laptop, ie, pretty much everybody, can now be a broadcaster, blogger, vlogger, commentator, news maker or news breaker. Does anyone still use their mobile phones just to…

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Food for thought

Is the recently published national food strategy realistic? Food for thoughtGrowing up on a farm, you could set your watch by certain pivotal events of the day. Specifically, these were the times that work paused in a field or barn or wherever for coffee at 11, lunch at 1, and tea at 5. On the…

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Our holy cow is unwell

It’s time for a different diet for the holy cow that is the NHSA very old and thus probably politically incorrect joke used to do the rounds: Two Irishmen, two Scotsmen and two Englishmen are marooned on a desert island. The Irish men open a pub, the Scots create a bank and the Englishmen don’t…

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Barnett Unfair

Diana Mary “Dido” Harding, Baroness Harding of Winscombe has had some pretty big jobs, perhaps most notably as head of the NHS Test and Trace programme. She is chair of NHS Improvement and was also appointed interim chief executive of the new National Institute for Health Protection, later renamed the UK Health Security Agency. She…

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It’s all in the presentation

It’s all in the presentationDuring the first Gulf War, a video of a downed British pilot was broadcast by the Iraqis. Clearly delighted with their prize, his captors filmed the pilot reading from a prepared script about how sorry he was, that the USA was a wicked Satanic country, Saddam was a glorious leader, blah,…

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