Worlds colliding – reflections 2 years into my work at NHS Digital

In a breakout room to the side of the Service Design in Government conference in Edinburgh, with a floor to ceiling view of Arthur’s Seat and a lawn where alpacas were led to graze, I chatted about service maps with a small group of my brilliant NHS Digital colleagues. I felt a little guilty keeping … Continue reading Worlds colliding – reflections 2 years into my work at NHS Digital

“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

Annual Report Number Four: theory, practice + Jaffa cakes

It's the second-to-last day of April in the year 02016 and I'm just getting round to writing this annual report to myself on a fourth year of independent consulting. For the story so far, see: Annual Report Number 1: April 13, 2013 Annual Report Number 2: April 15, 2014 Annual Report Number 3: April 18, 2015 This one has taken a … Continue reading Annual Report Number Four: theory, practice + Jaffa cakes

Annual Report Number Two

A couple of Fridays ago, 14 of my favourite people gathered down at the Leeds Museums Discovery Centre for a bit of a get-together. Besides being responsible for some pretty amazing projects of their own, they'd all been involved in some way in my first two years of independent service design and innovation consulting. I wanted them to … Continue reading Annual Report Number Two

Annual Report Number One

Exactly 365 days ago I set out on my independent consulting adventure, complete with the de rigueur intent to document my progress in weeknotes. Week one was an intense blur of 5am flights, meetings and bratwurst; it went un-noted. Weeks two and three likewise. For a while, I told myself there’d be “monthnotes” instead. By … Continue reading Annual Report Number One