The hand grenade guide for family doctors!
Posted by APM on 16th May 2011
Hand grenades were in plentiful supply to support a very topical and enlightening presentation to the Thames Valley Branch Farnborough Chapter by Alastair Greenan of the Contracts & Procurement SIG.
The current changes taking place in the NHS are considered to be so big that you can see them from outer space!
Alastair took the small, but very appreciative audience through a whistle-stop tour of the challenges (hand grenades) and complex organisational changes that face the NHS in the Surrey area, and described the plans that are in place to deal with this monumental change programme.
The proposals for the NHS are a fundamental philosophical change from the previous government strategy and include a deliberate end to a command and control managed system. The new approach will see GPs given a pivotal role in the commissioning of NHS healthcare, and patients - as healthcare consumers - will be given a much greater voice and choice.
The presentation explained the timeline for delivering the changes, the strategies and principles, critical success factors, risks and issues.
Alastair explained how the 'bomb disposal squad' are utilising established programme and project management methods, together with a flexible approach to contracting, in order to deliver the required changes to the NHS in Surrey.
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