David Nicholson

Credit where credit is due – David Nicholson

As I begin the countdown to my retirement after 35 years of working in the NHS, I was recently reminded of the dedication and commitment of the people working to improve staff health and wellbeing. At the end of January I had the pleasure of presenting the awards at the NHS Sport and Physical Activity […]

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Compassion and whistleblowing – David Nicholson

I had a motivating and inspiring day with Steve Trenchard and his team at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust the other week. We spent most of the day tracing the dementia care pathway through the eyes of patients and carers. The progress is genuinely impressive, although there is still much more to do. What really […]

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Turning points – David Nicholson

Organisations and individuals have turning points, a point in their development often seen in retrospect as a key moment of change. For the NHS it could be argued it was the financial problems of 2005/2006 out of which came a determination to put quality at the heart of the NHS, the Darzi work, the attack […]

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Time to think about the whole person – David Nicholson

This is my latest blog, thanks to everyone who has commented on my previous efforts so far. However, one of the most disappointing responses has been that I don’t write the blogs myself. Can I confirm that I do, indeed one commentator has suggested that whoever did write my last blog on culture should be […]

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Seeing compassion in practice – David Nicholson

We know that truly compassionate care is essential to making sure that every patient has a good experience of the NHS. However, we also know that this isn’t always the case, as recent events have highlighted. This is why NHS England’s Compassion in Practice strategy and implementation of the 6Cs is so important. I was […]

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7 steps to cultural heaven – David Nicholson

After what feels like 10 years of the NHS and those with an interest in the NHS obsessing about structures and systems, culture is starting to get the profile it deserves. In fact, it is hard to read anything about the NHS these days without culture getting a mention. This is how it should be. But to […]

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