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Sir David Nicholson’s speech to NHS Confederation Congress
Well good afternoon everybody. Yes. This is not a pre retirement do by the way, this is a real thing and I have been told I’ve got to keep my chimp in the back, whatever that means. But you’ll be able to judge how successful I am as we go through all of this. Well it’s great to be here, great to see you all, great to meet people round the confederation conference.
I have been reflecting when I normally make these speeches about the past year and heavens above what a year it has been hasn’t it in all sorts of ways, both for the NHS and I guess for me personally but I’ll come on to that in a while.
I feel I have got a lot to say, I have got a lot of things I want to do over the next period so I am certainly not in pre-retirement mode I am going to talk to you this afternoon about some of the things I think we all need to do over the next period, important things I think that we can get on with and that I can get on with in my organisation but just to say a little bit first of all about the decision I took to retire and indeed it was the timing of that which has been some speculation, I know, but the timing of it was absolutely driven by this conference.
I like what David is doing here. Which I interpret as: a call to arms, to work in teams, to expect to self-serve as the default and norm (to step-up and do for self, helping others as well, to do what might have been previously provided), to set challenging objectives, and to have a plan for the future – one rooted in ones sense of purpose (the NHS Constitution in our case).
Also – very much like the phrase ‘an authentic speech’ linking the word ‘authentic’ – which for me chimes with – ‘know they self’ – ‘unto thy self be true’, best achieved by being in the present moment, with sight of the chain of moments, that together makes life worth living.