There has been a lot of talk in the run up to the NHS’s 70th birthday this week. It remains a national treasure, second only to the Queen, sacred and woven into the fabric of our society.
Earlier this week there was the first of two judicial reviews into the planned introduction of Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) as part of the ever-evolving NHS architecture. For those of you struggling to keep up to date with the changing language – STPs (P is for plans) became STPs (P is for Partnerships) became ACOs which have now morphed into ICSs (Integrated Care Systems) but are also still being referred to as ACOs … I think.
In writing this piece, we’ve taken the opinion that the FT pipeline has, for a better word, ‘dried up’. The future of authorised FTs seems secure for at least the mid-term with the main political parties voicing no opposition to their existence in the most recent general election.
Last month, we held two workshops (in Leeds and London) with NHS Trust staff to gauge what these organisations are doing with membership, engagement and local accountability given that authorisations of new Foundation Trusts have seemingly ceased (or at best slowed down significantly).
Every year, MES takes a day (or two) away from the office to reflect on all things engagement, both within and outside of our Clarendon Road base. Here, one of our newest members of staff, Elizabeth Hickey, gives her take on strategy day 2017…
We are pleased to announce that our ‘Challenge 2020’ conference will return in 2017. On Tuesday 16th May MES will be back at 30 Euston Square, London for ‘Challenge 2020: Embedding Engagement in Health’.
Meaningful and effective engagement is what Membership Engagement Services (MES) consistently delivers.