When my old DoN (the one referred to in my previous post) was appointed I was over-qualified for the job, as the job description and person spec did not require a degree nor post-registration qualifications, both of which I had...
However, I did not have a certain name, which they may as well have put in the person spec.
And the pay of executive and non-executive directors of trusts has risen by how much?
Hint: 3 years ago my old trust gave the director of nursing and the director of finance 9% rises. Had to go digging into trust accounts to find that as they don't shout about it. The non-execs got similar rises...And it wasn't only that year.
Now, who can afford what?
I am a retired nurse; I was at least as well educated, if not better educated, than pretty much all of the managers I worked with; I was better able to construct an articulate, coherent, reasoned, evidence-based argument than ANY manager I worked with. This led, inevitably, to resentment, victimisation and bullying. Any attempts to report this were dealt with in the manner described in the previous post.
To give a slightly (Me? With my reputation?) cynical view: what I saw of patient feedback over the years was that most of it was at the behest of managers who needed to be seen to be seeking that feedback, the questions were frequently skewed to "lead" the respondents towards particular answers, the reporting of "results" would be highly selective to the point of distorting what had been said.
And then, when we did carry out some sensibly constructed (checked over by independent, external experts) surveys which gave results contrary to what managers wanted to hear it was ignored...Odd that.
Michael, you cannot be suggesting that the meejah inaccurately report a health story?
I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you!
Seriously, I am more surprised when I see accurate reporting of any health story.
And I would like to shout "I told you so!" at various of my old managers who would shut down, shout down, forbid any and all discussion of staffing levels during discussion about service delivery, waiting times and the like, and then do away with senior posts to cut costs...