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With almost religious fervour the politicians and civil servants have performed the age old trick of nursing this organisation to death - doing exactly the wrong things time and time again.
The transformation required takes political honesty and that doest occur in the five year time period of our parliamentary process.
The powerful old blocs of self -interest and the fanatical d-i-y culture need to wake up and read this book.
Well done Colin.
Colin’s book is a fascinating and easily digestible read and is clearly written by someone who has laboured at the NHS coal face and seen in detail how it operates, particularly with regard to IT. Incidentally Jeremy Hunt, Minister for Health gave an excellent speech at the a/m Health week conference and stated that the only way that the NHS would be affordable in future was through IT. Coin’s recommendations should be gospel for those who wish to try to convert the NHS into an affordable and sustainable entity, able to meet future demands. Even Cuba pays more attention to preventive care than the NHS does, why, because it cannot afford to do anything else. Can we?
The author's ideas on individual pro-active healthcare as well as integrating healthcare systems with software technologies, is refreshing. He mixes his experience with anecdotes and references to science fiction, keeping the tone light and enjoyable throughout.
This book is well written and filled with some truly unique and interesting insights. Anyone interested in what a 21st century health service could and should be like will enjoy reading this book!
In my own experience, saving organisations often involves putting sticking plasters on their 'illnesses'. The title suggests that, just like in my own work on organisation improvement, sometimes a fundamental reinvention is needed. This is often considered too painful for the 'patient' but nearly always results in a worse situation. Blessed are the people who can see far enough into the future to do the right thing rather than the easy thing.
Stop saving the NHS and start reinventing it is a thought-provoking must read for NHS decision makers. STOP in the name of life!
Peter Cook, Business Author and MD Human Dynamics and The Academy of Rock
There were good ideas in the book: using the genome to develop personal treatments, using RFID chips to make sure patients are properly identified, the use of expert systems in diagnosis and a "Facebook"-like patient record.
However there are also a few "pie in the sky" ideas, such as robots who look after the elderly, and on social media: "...the greater use of social media opens the possibility of customers managing their own illness. My view is the best person to manage your health is you. Fellow suffers (sic)--or ever the worried well--can lend each other support and can share experiences of what has, and what has not, worked for them." On the one hand, such patient networks are supportive, but from reading "Bad Pharma", patient groups can also be manipulated to promote quack-remedies.
Another dubious idea is to administer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy via computer programmes. Jervis does give evidence that they can work, by asking questions such as "What do you mean by?" "Tell me more about...", so therapists could potentially be replaced by "inexpensive" computer systems. However the efficacy of such systems is more contested than the book suggests (see doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-113). Common sense also just tells you that speaking to a human rather than a machine is better for someone with complex pyschological problems in need of CBT.Read more ›
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It is now gone 4PM on what should have been a quiet day to catch up on some paperwork, and I am in fact just sitting down to my lunch. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JonG
A must read for anyone working in the NHS, or anyone interested in the NHSPublished on 5 Mar. 2015 by Jonathan M.
An interesting read especially for those in the UK . Glad to have come across this book by Colin- an author who has been a part of the Key Person of Influence process. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2014 by Darshana Ubl
IMMIGRANTS SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY FOR NHS TREATMENT.WHY DO THEY COME TO UK? BENIFITS THEY DONT GET IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY .IN LONDON THE PROB IS DIRE . Read morePublished on 30 July 2014 by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
I liked this book. There are many campaigns around wanting toi "save the NHS" As a quote I saw today puts it, "If you want things to stay as they are, things will have... Read morePublished on 28 July 2014 by Dr. Peter Davies
An interesting perspective on the issues. Well structured and easy to read. A worthwhile book for anyone involved in healthcare.Published on 1 May 2014 by James Hamilton
The forward to this book is very useful. Jervis suggests that significant improvements to NHS efficiency will only arise with a combination of new operational models and... Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by James