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Talking MATs: the challenges in MAT governance

We like sharing real stories at NGA: it is after all one of the best ways we communicate, and education is all about learning and applying the lessons of others. The way MATs have developed in recent years has been truly fascinating to watch. The system was never really planned out and trusts have evolved over time, sometimes in a rather messy or complicated fashion. But the problem is that the vast majority of these narratives remain untold, leaving new trusts to repeat mistakes made by others. There have been a number of MAT case studies focusing on good practice, but we haven’t seen many brave enough to publicise mistakes.   

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Calculating Cash Flow: Finance For Non-Finance Managers

“Cash is king”yes, I am sure we are all familiar, if not bored of hearing the same line that seems to circle its way around every finance department. Truth is, cash is in fact, the lifeblood of any business, without it no there is no way a company would be able to survive within their market.

What Does The Cash Cycle Involve ?

Cash cycle begins with sourcing raw materials, and transforming them into good for products. These are then usually sold on credit, once the money is received suppliers will be paid. This whole process needs to be managed very carefully otherwise, delayed monies from credit customers will affect a ‘business’ ability to pay suppliers who may then only supply on a cash demand basis.

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A Beginners Guide To Digital Marketing Strategy

Creating a strategy for any business can be difficult, remember that the strategic marketing process is dynamic. You need to regularly measure and evaluate the results of your plan in order to succeed. With that being said, we have done all the hard work for you, with our simple beginners guide to creating your own digital marketing strategy.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed at the sight of a Digital Marketing Strategy’ but all in all, strategy is simple. In other words, it’s a plan of action on how you can most effectively achieve your goals. Furthermore, the size and scale of your business will determine your overall Digital Marketing Strategy, comprising of either a single or multiple digital strategies, each of these with slightly different goals. However, reflecting on our simple 5 step rules of strategy can help you stay positive and focused on meeting your set objectives.

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The Importance of Rail to our Growth Agenda

Train on railway transport

Fundamental to our plans for a sustainable future is our need to reduce our environmental impact and transport is currently a major polluter. This means we will have to drastically reduce carbon intensive travel options such as air travel and fossil fuel vehicles. Rail is the most ecologically sound clean-air option for long distance and local commuter high-demand routes. This is why we need to prioritise investment in rail.

Transport and connectivity are an essential aspect of sustainable growth. The question is ‘What is the right type of rail – high-speed, intercity, local commuter rail or light rail?’. The reality is we need them all. We need to link our primary, secondary and tertiary cities and towns so that knowledge, manufacturing and commerce can flourish, and people can access employment from where they live.

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Rail Freight and Economic Growth

Across the globe, the trend for urbanisation continues and our cities and towns are becoming ever more populous. Data from Centre for Cities suggests that some 54% of the UK population lived in a city in 2016, whilst other statistics put the total urban population as high as 83%. Little wonder then that urban transport is gaining such importance in public policy, and in particular in the case for regional devolution

Starting off as a practising clinician I have been very lucky in that my career has taken me all over the world, from Sheffield to the USA, the Middle East and now Wales where I have been a Director of Improvement within a Health Board and now at the 1000 Lives Improvement Service. It has provided me with a wealth of experience and opportunity to observe improvement science being applied in various contexts. And interestingly, whether it is the Middle East or the Welsh valleys the challenges are very similar.

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Student mental health in private purpose-built accommodation

‘Why do you care about student mental health though, aren’t you just in it for the money?’ I’ve heard many variations on this question over the last year, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

It reflects the surprise that many people feel when they hear that I, and others like me in the private student accommodation sector, dedicate significant time and resource to student mental health and wellbeing.

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Quality Improvement in Healthcare with Dr John Boulton

Quality improvement in healthcare

Being invited to talk at the Quality Improvement in Healthcare conference is a real honour and privilege. I am looking forward to attending the event, and listening to the excellent speakers from the field of Quality Improvement, as well as networking with delegates. Whilst it is an honour to be speaking at such an event, it also provides me an opportunity to learn from others and reflect on my own improvement journey.

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We Need to Talk About Self-Harm

Self-harm

As a researcher specialising in self-harm, a common question I get is whether talking about self-harm encourages people to do it, or put more simply, “is talking about self-harm dangerous?” And the answer I give is an emphatic “no!”

Contrary to this widely held misconception, talking carefully and knowledgably about self-harm can not only help to dispel the misunderstandings around these behaviours, but may encourage people who self-harm to share their concerns, feel supported, and even to make the first steps towards seeking help.

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Love food, hate waste

Food Waste

2018 has been another year that has seen increasing attention to the food waste problem. There has been a concerted effort to promote prevention actions to raise awareness of the types of behaviours that are causing food to end up in the bin. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign continues to provide useful advice such as checking the temperature of your fridge, how to plan and make food last longer and go further. The supermarkets have also made pledges by signing up to a new food waste reduction roadmap and a government-funded pilot scheme.  However new research has questioned whether awareness campaigns on their own are sufficient to adequately prevent food waste at the level needed. This suggests the need to rethink and reconsider current approaches.

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Our quality improvement could be much improved

Hello, my name is David McNally. I’m Head of Experience of Care with NHS England. Our Team’s role is to support the NHS to improve people’s experience of care and we believe that should be done as an integral part of any quality improvement or clinical transformation work and should be undertaken through coproduction with patients, users, carers and staff. 

In the course of our work we engage with a lot of NHS provider Trusts and what follows amalgamates some of the things we hear and highlights some of Trust’s common challenges. Does this sound familiar? Do get in touch if you’d like to share your experience davidmcnally@nhs.net

An imaginary conversation that could have taken place on a visit to an NHS Trust near you

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