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Stop Saving the NHS and Start Reinventing It Paperback – 22 Apr 2013
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About the Author
About the Author After travelling the world working for multinational companies in marketing, Colin Jervis changed careers and has worked in and around the NHS and healthcare for twenty years. During that time he led three major IT transformational change programmes. He has also worked with healthcare organisations in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. He has three academic degrees in biochemistry, management and business systems analysis and design. He is a popular chair and speaker and has many published articles. He works as a management and healthcare consultant with a particular interest in the relationship between people and IT.
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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