The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic - Peter Drucker

'Bed blocker' label is tantamount to abuse

'Bed blocker' label is tantamount to abuse

Listening to radio 4 while driving yesterday, I was engrossed. It was a phone-in programme about the NHS being 'weaponised' as the UK hurtles towards another general election.

Pretty much everyone phoning in said political parties should stop point scoring. But few thought it would be possible to extricate the NHS from politics. Elections are won and lost on whether or not public services like the NHS are delivering what the electorate expect them to.

What jarred though was the words being used. In the past the NHS was a 'political football' now it is being 'weaponised'.

When did that shift in language happen?

And importantly, what does the shift to such violent nomenclature suggest? Are we becoming immune to the meanings of words? And if so, how does this affect our psyche?

'Bed blocker' was the other term at the centre of much debate.

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Guest — Liz Myers
I couldn't agree more Eileen, but it is not just the terminology. I believe there is an unhealthy focus on patients who are delay... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 17:16
Guest — Liz Myers
I couldn't agree more Eileen, but it is not just the terminology. I believe there is an unhealthy focus on patients who are delay... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 17:16
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Deepening Perspectives on Change: Five Questions

Number 5

 What are the five questions you ask yourself as you embark on a major change for service improvement? This was the question that RCN Scotland asked me to address when they invited me to take part in the 'Expert Express' session at their 'Activists Conference' last week. It was a great question!

The thing I value most about being asked to speak at such events is that to articulate my view, I have to think deeply about subjects I deal with every day. This preparation and subsequent reflection on the audience response enables me to deepen my learning even further and, importantly, to stay fresh in my thinking. Here are my five questions and why I think they’re important.

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Nine Dark Angels and a Highland Retreat

Dark Angels and a Highland retreat? What’s that all about? Has she been dabbling in black magic?  

Actually no, Dark Angels is the name of the Creative Writing for Business course I went on last week. Moniack Mhor was the venue - a writing retreat near Beauly, in the Scottish Highlands. As a burgeoning business writer and keen blogger I wanted to bring more energy to my writing.

It's an experience I would recommend for anyone wanting to engage with people through writing. I was astounded at how my language was dominated by bureaucratic words. In my head I was communicating in a human language, but somewhere between my brain and the tips of my fingers my thoughts were converted back into management speak. It was like stretching an elastic band......then letting go!  

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Guest — Andy Hayes
Lovely piece, Eileen. You capture the spirit of the course so well.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 19:42
Guest — John Simmons
Terrific. And I'm still thinking about the spider's web - a moving story and reading on the last night
Thursday, 31 October 2013 08:42
Guest — Mandy Orr
I'll second that. I like your metaphor of the elastic band. When I sat down today to write a report, for a few minutes I hesitat... Read More
Thursday, 31 October 2013 21:00
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