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Chief nurse and chief exec resign at country’s largest trust


Anonymous | 20-Feb-2015 9:25 am I had a long and happy career in a European hospital from 1980 to the mid-90s working as a front line nurse in collegial multidisciplinary teams where everything was openly discussed without fear or ridicule (it was just something taken for granted and despite very different training backgrounds, language as mother tongue and culture) and never witnessed the attitudes one now hears reported in the NHS which make me very sad in the institution where I trained, worked post reg, and more or less breathed, ate and slept having been brought up in a medical household pre the 'general management' era and through the first decade of changes it brought about. in the mid-90s I read for an MSc in Healthcare management and was very interested in the module on organisational behaviour/psychology. all of what one now reads is totally against all principles taught, much based on the very best and most recent theories including those from Harvard (and the ideal world) so I do not understand how these toxic attitudes and environment arise (maybe an interesting topic for further research) where there should be a common shared and motivated interest for all staff focussing on the needs of the patients and the wellbeing of the workforce looking after them. we were taught, and it was frequently and strongly emphasised, that the personnel is the most costly and valuable asset in the organisation. what has gone wrong and how can it be addressed? I would have suggested adequate leadership training for all in these positions but I imagine they all go through this training already and somehow something for some reason it all goes very wrong afterwards once they are out in the real world. I believe management and leadership training and theory is of benefit to any worker who if they cannot achieve leadership from the top down they can push hard from the bottom up and lead by the best possible example. if enough can achieve this it should really work! I would love, like others who have worked in different environments, shared some of my experiences with the NHS on how to treat and retain their staff, but quickly discovered they have their heads firmly buried in the sand and simply do not wish to know!

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20 February, 2015

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9:50 am


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