The worthiest award-winners?

“It was a privilege”. Words often used in a fairly casual way. But I can think of none better to describe my contribution to the programme for the 2021 Royal College of Nursing Wales awards. 

In reading and editing the text of nominees, category by humbling category, I was wowed by the efforts of nursing professionals at the height of the pandemic. 

I was wowed by their dedication, skills, expertise, motivation, compassion, innovation and plain humanity.

Helping critically ill COVID-19 patients experience a more dignified death. Helping children with complex care needs die at home with their loved-ones. Encouraging more participants in groundbreaking haematology research trials. The award nominees all delivered awe-inspiring work at an incredibly pressured time.

It’s easy to forget the bigger picture when it comes to the NHS. You can be blinkered by statistics around waiting times, the glamorous drama of A&E often represented in film and television, or maybe your own personal experience. But there is an astonishing breadth of expertise within every single health board across Wales and the UK.

They share the same values of compassion and care which reflect the very best of people. They give hope when it might feel easier to be pessimistic and jaded.

Forget the glitz and glamour of award-winners in film, music, books, or virtually any other industry. These people are truly the heroes of the pandemic, and writing about their achievements was, yes, a privilege. Congratulations to everyone nominated, and to the event organisers for coordinating this important recognition.

I am very grateful for my partnership with Weltch Media in delivering this work.

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Shared risk / shared reward: key to clinical innovation between private and public sectors?

Innov“Emperor’s New Clothes or the Way Forward? The Opportunities & Challenges of Clinical Innovation”. This was 2015’s teaser title for the Cardiff University Innovation Network event, held at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.

While my professional links with clinical healthcare are limited, I continue to find the subject area compelling. In Wales it’s a perennial political football. Part of my problem in observing and digesting these events might be that I’m hankering for some BBC Question Time style debate, which is never likely to happen.

2013 – Innovation in healthcare
2014 – Dying to talk – an event on Healthcare In Wales

Having attended the previous two related events in 2013 and 2014, my trilogy would be completed with one more trip to north Cardiff, so I went see if this one would unearth anything new for the medical layman.
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Dying to talk – an event on Healthcare In Wales

ageing1Having attended this equivalent Cardiff University event last year and been encouraged by a level of tangible innovation, I was keen to take a return trip to see how the 2014 version compared. 

The event back on January 22nd seemed especially pertinent.  Leading the news headlines in Wales over the previous week had been two separate, tragic incidents in the north and south of Wales, both concerning excessive waiting times for ambulances, both leading to fatalities.  Additional stories this week have concerned the postponement of planned surgery across north Wales due to increased pressure, and a plan to centralise care for babies born in west Wales.

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Innovation in healthcare

IMG_9701Last week’s Cardiff University Innovation Network at Heath Hospital’s School of Medicine promised a tour of healthcare innovation. Interest piqued, I went sightseeing.

“… real innovation will not be about new healthcare technology. It will be how the medical community rewires the way it works and collaborates by innovating business models with streamlined organisation, processes and automation.”

Health, Technology and the Forgotten Stepchild of Innovation: John Nosta & Faisal Hoque; Forbes, 26/01/2013

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