Today, 1 June, is not only the first day of Volunteers' Week but also World Hypopara Awareness Day. In honour of the occasion, Liz Glenister, Chief Executive of Hypopara UK and Britain's Best Volunteer 2016, blogs for National Voices about the very small charity celebrating its awareness day on a global scale...
Systems Leadership is about how you lead across boundaries – departmental, organisational or sector. It’s how you lead when you’re not in charge, and you need to influence others rather than pull a management lever. It describes the way you need to work when you face large, complex, difficult and seemingly intractable problems; where you need to juggle multiple uncertainties; where no one person or organisation can find or organise the solution on their own; where everyone is grappling with how to make resources meet demand which is outstripping them; and where the way forward therefore lies in involving as many people’s energies, ideas, talents and expertise as possible.
In October 2015, Nationwide Building Society in association with Macmillan Cancer Support launched a service designed to help customers manage their money following a cancer diagnosis. Lynda Thomas, chief executive at Macmillan explains the financial impact of cancer and how the charity works with its corporate partners to deliver value for people affected by cancer.
Mental Health Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to ignite a national debate around the importance of supporting good mental health. This year, the theme focusses on the importance of ‘Relationships’ in their many forms. After looking at the global body of evidence, the Mental Health Foundation found striking evidence showing the impact of relationships on our health and wellbeing to be comparable to well established risk factors such as smoking.
This year's Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from May 9-15, and our theme is The Big Conversation. And the Big Conversation is the one we'd like everybody to have about their own death and what they want to happen before, during and after it.
This week, yet again, hospital doctors are out on strike. This latest stage in the dispute between the BMA and the Government marks a significant escalation, with junior doctors for the first time withdrawing emergency cover.
Will patients be at risk? The best answer seems to be - possibly a bit more than normal. The NHS has been in contingency planning mode for weeks to plug the anticipated gaps. There will still be emergency cover: but it will be provided by consultants and others. Hospital trusts are as prepared as they can be, though the doctors’ regulator the General Medical Council has said it believes that some trusts will struggle to cope.
In this blog I look at how their proposals measure up, but I do so through a particular lens. I am not asking whether the initiatives and recommendations are welcome - many clearly are. But, do they point the way to a better model for person centred care?
The ‘Untapped Potential’ report published yesterday, 13 April 2016, calls upon charities to ‘work together: aggregate and simplify’. In a climate where the voluntary sector is under additional scrutiny, and resources are limited, we need to stand together and meet common goals convincingly and efficiently.