Workshops and Seminars

The Management in Medicine Programme run a new series of Saturday workshops and Monday evening seminars each academic year. Forthcoming events can be found on this page. These are all currently being held via Zoom.

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Forthcoming events

People, not workforce

Saturday 22 May 2021, 10:00
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Speaker: John Drew, Director of Staff Experience and Engagement at NHS England and Improvement

The pandemic has raised the profile of people who work in health and social care, not just in terms of public appreciation but also in terms of NHS policy and guidance.  For example, the first section of this year’s planning guidance to the NHS is all about looking after our people.

In this session will explore the four pillars of the NHS People Plan, and the progress made so far.  Picking up on the themes of the People Promise (e.g., health and wellbeing, having a voice, compassion and inclusion), we will review what the 2020 Staff Survey data tells us about the experience of people working in the NHS and test and develop ideas on what it will take to deliver the People Promise.

By the end of the session we will;

  • Have a shared understanding of the NHS People Plan, why it matters and what the priorities are for 2021/22
  • Have engaged with the seven themes of the People Promise, making it real and practical
  • Have developed ideas and actions we can take within our own areas of responsibility to help realise the People Promise

The scope of John Drew’s role includes health and wellbeing and staff engagement for the NHS in England, as well as temporary staffing. He is also the lead Director for the delivery of the People Plan which includes the aspiration contained within the People Promise to develop a compassionate and inclusive culture and to make the ‘the best place to work’.  Before being appointed to this role, John was Director of Improvement and Culture at OUH, a role which included responsibility for People, Communication, Improvement and Analytics. Prior to joining the NHS, John led McKinsey’s work with NHS hospitals in the UK as well as other international health systems. He trained originally as an engineer and worked in manufacturing industry before entering consultancy.

He is passionate about supporting people to bring about improvements in quality and productivity, as well as in how teams function and how organisations are led and run. He is increasingly of the view that the core assumptions we hold – and are often taught – about how organisations are run and what constitutes ‘efficiency’ need to be challenged and renewed. ‘Reinventing Organisations’ is recommended reading for insights into why this is urgent and how it might be done.

Update from the USA: How to innovate during a pandemic and other management lessons

Monday 7 June 2021, 18:45-20:15
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Speaker: Professor Timothy Hoff, Visiting Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College; Professor of Management Health Systems and Health Policy, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University.

This seminar will focus on analysing several key innovation strategies health care organisations in the United States pursued in response to challenges and opportunities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  These strategies include transforming access to care for patient populations, integration of technology into health care work flows, redefining health care workflows, and reimagining the needs and preferences of patients for their care.  Specific lessons for health care managers will be identified and discussed.  In addition, the seminar will also speculate on what the embrace of health care innovation means individually for enhancing managerial competencies and personal development moving forward.


All enquiries about the Management in Medicine Programme should be addressed to:

Naomi Benson
Academic Projects Administrator
Green Templeton College
Woodstock Road

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