Tell us a little bit about yourself
I used to be a research scientist; my Ph.D. is in medical devices and I wrote a book on the subject a few years ago. I have been a management consultant working almost exclusively with NHS organisations for a little over a decade. I enjoy working for the NHS because it feels like more than a job; it feels like my contribution to society. I think that people often underestimate how important the NHS is to British culture and our social fabric. The fight for the NHS isn’t just about protecting health services, it is about putting our money where our mouths are when we say that all human life is of value. My familiarity with other health systems means that I am acutely aware that in many countries the difference between life and premature death is often financial.
How have your first 30 days been at Attain?
It has been an interesting few weeks, acclimatising to a new organisation whilst getting stuck into high-profile, important client work. I have been involved in three projects, two proposals and some business development. The three projects are incredibly diverse and all are linked to the Five Year Forward View.
- One project is for an acute provider that is eager to explore expanding its service offer as the first step towards becoming a major specialist centre.
- Another is for one of the Success Regime health economies and is focused on creating cross-organisational strategic and operational plans.
- The third project is for the creation of a Sustainability and Transformation Plan, which necessitates working with a number of CCGs to create an overarching place based plan.
What attracted you to Attain?
I liked the idea of working for a consultancy with a value set that really focuses on driving positive change in the public sector. Although I have had positive experiences working for much larger organisations, there was always a tension between meeting the needs of the business and those of the client, which more frequently than not drove negative behaviours.
What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?
From what I can see it is the people. It has a far more collegiate atmosphere that any other consultancy I have worked for. I really feel like my colleagues put their egos and personal interests to one side to really focus on what the client needs; I can’t say I have had that sense in any other consultancy. I think it is refreshing and in many ways aligned to the direction in which the NHS will have to go, i.e. one where no organisation thrives at the expense of another.
What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?
I hope that I continue to be able to make a contribution to preserving the NHS by working with a wide range of commissioner and provider organisations. I hope that the time will come when I can leverage my expertise in medical devices to support organisations to explore new models of care based on innovation. I hope that I will be able to support a behavioural shift in organisations that enables them to act in the interest of the health and social care system as opposed to their individual, team, service or organisation.