Happy New Year!
I suppose it’s inevitable at this time of year to think about last year and consider the coming one. Newscasters often look back at the significant events of the past year—the triumphs and failures of prominent people, natural disasters, economic challenges, and the deaths of celebrities and leaders. The most surprising events usually receive top billing. If you reviewed the past year of your life, what would appear on the list? No doubt there would be disappointments and difficulties as well as encouragements and successes. Looking ahead, though, is not always so clear.
I like the idea of ‘daring to dream’! What are the possibilities in 2011? What would I like to see happen?
When I was Divisional Clinical Director of a large, acute Trust in the NHS, I was constantly asked by service commissioners how I was going to ‘integrate’ aspects of care delivery. Once again, integration is top of the NHS’s priorities according to Sir David Nicholson’s (NHS Chief Executive) latest missive. It is virtually impossible to imagine integration in any other way except through using information and communication technology. CSC is well-placed to exploit its ingenuity to integrate diverse systems. The portal concept, currently being used and developed, offers an exciting solution to this thorny issue in health and social care. Such a system would help solve the perennial headache of NHS Directors across the country!