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These are Interesting Times: My Reflections On Visiting Downing Street

These are indeed interesting times. Not least of all because we are all expected to achieve more with less. I am one of many thousands of people who signed up to work for the health of this nation. It is a rewarding job. Often it is also a very challenging job. This evening some of us were invited to Downing Street where our efforts were honoured by the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Today was about acknowledging these challenges but also celebrating the shared ambition to focus on 3 things:

  1. Quality
  2. Diversity & Equality
  3. Leadership

I am by no means an expert on any of the above. But I feel I am in the thick of it when it comes to being part of the drive to promote each and every one of the above points. I am passionate and committed enough to know that to achieve more from less, we need to:

  1. Capitalize on difference (Diversity)
  2. Ensure fairness in all our endeavours (Equality)
  3. Strive for excellence (Quality).

The essential vehicle needed to achieve the above is leadership. The speakers at this evening’s event made a good point when they said that disciplines such as the Military and indeed the Police are very comfortable with the notion of a leader: someone at the helm of the group’s efforts and inspiring through vision and example. In nursing, this is still somewhat a new and novel idea that needs nurturing through developing new nursing leaders who will not shy away from taking their rightful place alongside others striving to improve this nation.

Are you ready to take on this challenge and take up your rightful place?

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About Sarah

I am a mental health nurse with 10 years experience working with people with a lived experience and their carers. I have very little interest in focusing on what is wrong with people and prefer to focus on people's aspirations and what is right with them. I care about equality and the small things that remind us of the bigger picture. I love art, music, novel ideas, psychology, science and the way in which these various entities intersect. I am blogging in an entirely personal capacity. My views do not reflect my employer's.

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One thought on “These are Interesting Times: My Reflections On Visiting Downing Street

  1. Hi Sarah, I see you are still waiting to replace the PM? well as you know politics is just like mental health/. You spend years banging your head against a wall, then Presto! a policy that works for you comes along.

    All the Best

    Perry

    Posted by pez6660perry | November 10, 2012, 6:18 pm

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I am a mental health nurse turned manager who enjoys live music and gadgets. I have recently taken up photography as a way to keep sane whilst I am studying for my Msc in Health Care Management.

I am very passionate about my work which I find rewarding and enlightening. I am blogging in an entirely personal capacity. My views do not reflect those of my employer.

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