Monday began with more appraisals, calls and meetings at the West End Donor Centre.
Tuesday started with an early morning meeting with Henny Braund who runs the Anthony Nolan Charity talking all things stem cell. This was followed by a board preparation session for our main board meeting later in the month, before John Pattullo and I headed over to the Department of Health.
We met Jane Ellison, the Public Health (and ‘our’) Minister and talked about our current performance. The Minister was very pleased with where we are and was very appreciative of the efforts we all make to deliver our vital services. We then spent the rest of the day with other DH colleagues talking about our performance in more detail as part of our annual review.
Wednesday morning involved donning my Deputy Chair of the National Information Board hat and presenting the work of the board to a number of other DH Arm’s length Body Non-Exec Directors. The conversation was around how we are collectively delivering digital services for patients.
It was then on to the Houses of Parliament to launch our new Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community toolkit for MPs. The purpose of this collection of statistics, sample press releases and other material is to give MPs the tools to talk their constituencies about the importance of donation. We were supported by a number of patient groups and transplant recipients. The message we were trying to get across is that the lack of Black and Asian donors is creating a significant health inequality – I am determined to do something about it.
Thursday was in London again, with my opposite numbers from Scotland and Ireland, working with the delegates on the International Development Programme. We heard presentations on the fantastic stuff that the group have been doing using International work as part of their personal development. There were too many inspirational stories to list here but I saw a number of people achieving massive things, saving lives in very real ways, from being hands-on in country to providing advice from a distance, through to creating alternative viewpoints. The key leaning point was – don’t wait to ask for permission, or over complicate things, the secret to getting things done is get things done.
Thursday was also International Nurses Day – so Happy Nursing day to our many nurse colleagues!
It has been a busy week so I spent today catching up.
Final quick plea – if you haven’t already, please register to vote. The referendum is coming up and it is vital everyone has their say. I am a former Returning Officer so am an unashamed nerd about this stuff but really, people have died to give everyone a voice, please use it.
Have a great weekend.