What we're learning from our work improving health in our communities
Three weeks into the job and the team have let me loose on a blog (which is brave of them, but don’t tell them that!).
The human brain. Three pounds or so of fatty tissue, boxed inside the inky darkness of the skull. It needs sleep.
So after 42 years of more or less constant full time work, with the last two decades in Chief Executive roles, it’s time to leave Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and move into the next phase in my life.
Lambeth and Southwark have a very diverse and mobile population, where extremes of deprivation and wealth coexist. This is despite the presence of high performing health and social care institutions in the area. Last month we hosted a seminar to explore how to improve the health by looking beyond the traditional prism of healthcare.
Investing in innovation is an exciting but risky business. As an organisation that does just that day in and day out, we place significant value on learning about how and why those new ideas we support are working - or not.
The development of new technology, diagnostic innovation and new treatments will change the outcomes and experience for patients in ways that we can only start to imagine.
We have hosted the first UK-based inspired by a global collective looking at health beyond the lens of healthcare. Everyone saw a huge opportunity to improve lives, but important challenges began to emerge.
This year brought us much cause for celebration as we partnered with many people with inspiration, ideas and ambition, working at the heart of health and social care here in Lambeth and Southwark.
Evaluation isn’t easy. I know because, in my job as Head of Evaluation at the Charity, I deal with the complexities of it every day.
Last night I attended an event to mark my departure as Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and it forced me to reflect on the six years I have spent in that role. As I step down, I throw down a challenge to those responsible for driving change.