Tom Houston talks to us about his first 30 days at Attain

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I joined Attain in the spring after seven years working in strategy and planning for NHS England and am enthused by the impact the team here are having. What really motivates me is putting systems in place to bring clarity and to help make decisions, often difficult ones, by cutting through the multi-faceted and highly complex health system we all need and rely on. I have previously worked for JP Morgan in New York and consultancy firms on international projects.

How have your first 30 days been at Attain?

I’ve met a lot of really great people, got involved with key bits of client and internal work and had a great deal of fun in the process. I’ve had the chance to meet almost all of the team now, become involved in working with different teams on projects around the country on STP and ACS development, and helped to further develop Attain’s wide range of support solutions. I am now working with a great team in Somerset to build an acute services review framework to support local decision making.

What attracted you to Attain?

My first experiences of the Attain team were actually from the client side. My NHS organisation had engaged Attain to build models to support strategy development for primary care in London and I was struck by the refreshing approach that they brought to the work.

It was clear to me straight away that the Attain team brought a smart, understanding and pragmatic approach, that they wanted to make a real and lasting difference to health services and that they genuinely shared the best NHS values with our team.

When I heard Attain were recruiting I felt that this was a real opportunity for me to contribute on a greater scale to and that my work with Attain would have the maximum impact on healthcare services across the country.

What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?

Since joining, I’ve been fully supported to adapt, learn and grow through informal as well as formal means. The support I’ve had goes well beyond the official buddying, line management and mentoring in place, in so far as most of the team have volunteered their time to explain things and help if its ever needed. The culture is one where the staff support each other, rather than compete, and this is to everyone’s benefit.

What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?

Attain has all the elements needed to be an ideal place to learn, grow, contribute and develop further and I am very much looking forward to building my career here.