Stop disempowering people – a talk at Health Product People

I was honoured to be invited to talk at Health Product People at the Department of Health and Social Care this week, especially so because I was on the same bill as Hadley, Ian and Kassandra, all of whom were brilliant. I loosely titled my talk “Stop disempowering people.” (Thanks to Ian for photo of me … Continue reading Stop disempowering people – a talk at Health Product People

The promise of understanding – a talk at Interact 2018

Video of the talk... https://youtu.be/kMCyNztqj2s Opening video: Abridged version of Your very good health, Public info film (NHS) 1948 I wanted you to see that film - 70 years old this year - because its promise, of universal healthcare, free at the point of need, is as relevant today as in 1948. But much has changed in … Continue reading The promise of understanding – a talk at Interact 2018

Brains trust: notes from my session at UK Healthcamp

A couple of Saturdays ago, still buzzing from a week of NHS website and service manual launches, and the NHS Expo, I took part in my first UK Health Camp. I learned loads, put faces to names I’d long followed from afar, and posed a question of my own to a windowless basement room full … Continue reading Brains trust: notes from my session at UK Healthcamp

AI, black boxes, and designerly machines

On my holiday, I started reading into some topics I ought to know more about: artificial intelligence, genomics, healthcare, and the fast approaching intersection of the above. Here follow some half-baked reckons for your critical appraisal. Please tell me what’s worth digging into more. Also where I’m wrong and what I might be missing. 1. … Continue reading AI, black boxes, and designerly machines

A community with no mandate, united by our principles – OneTeamGov goes Global

How was OneTeamGov Global? Pure luxury! The chance to spend a day in the company of 500+ people who share the same simple, highly motivating principles. A movement so nicely positioned; both inside and outside; #OfTheGovernment, not owned by the Government. A show of strength in numbers. We filled the QE2 Centre! Now nobody need ever … Continue reading A community with no mandate, united by our principles – OneTeamGov goes Global

5 July 1948: A chance and a challenge

Earlier this year I set out to understand more about the history of the National Health Service. As well as reading some books recommended by colleagues, I've picked up a few original 1948 documents from online auctions. Some archaic language aside, they're as fresh and relevant today as they were 70 years ago. Exhibit 1: … Continue reading 5 July 1948: A chance and a challenge

“Look after the water” – reflections 1 year into my work at NHS Digital

Other people's jobs are endlessly fascinating. At a birthday celebration a couple of years ago I got talking to Johnny, a family friend who works as an aquarium curator. He told me a surprising thing about his work: how little of his time he spends actually looking after the fish. Johnny's job is to look … Continue reading “Look after the water” – reflections 1 year into my work at NHS Digital