I have been a member of the National Osteoporosis Society in the UK for many years. I serve on their Members & Volunteers Committee, where we advise the Charity’s Trustee Board on the patient/public view of new strategies, services and documents. I also deploy my skills and experience in reviewing and writing documents concerned with the Care and Support of people who have osteoporosis (which includes myself … as I carefully type this with a broken shoulder blade and 4 fractured ribs).
My latest contribution is the Information Sheet aka Patient Information Leaflet, which explains the Charity’s recently published Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures. This helps those with, or at risk of, osteoporosis to understand what services they should expect from the health professionals.
I personally believe strongly in the ‘patient as partner’ model, wherein the patient is fully informed at every stage of their interaction with the health services.
In October I forged a relationship with another organisation – Common Purpose. This is a leadership development specialist, operating across the UK and around the globe.
I ran Masterclass sessions on change and project management particularly the people factors around incentives and trust in their American Express Leadership Academy.
On 24 April 2017 the National Osteoporosis Guideline Group launched a new, NICE Accredited, Clinical Guideline for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis (aka fragile bones).
I am the Public/Patient author on this, and on the associated academic paper in this Journal:
Being a Portfolio person is tougher than being in a regular job, in terms of juggling commitments and managing priorities. I knew that when I started, right? As a professional manager with huge experience, I’m not going to be caught out, am I? Hmm – learning is a lifelong experience my friends, and I’m always quick to put my hand up when I think/know I could do better.
So finally I have swum upriver through the demands of University employment, pro bono health sector work, book promotion, film extra work, family support, and even holidays … to move/update my old website content onto this new site.
The trigger for increasing the priority on this background task so that it gets some attention is that I am closing my Limited Company after 23 years (needed for full-time contract work as an interim manager) because outside the University it is now better for me to be self-employed. The old website is paid for through the company, naturally. The fact and hassle of changing over the payment details is just enough to push/embarrass me into getting on with the transition. Hoorah.
You know the principle – serene and unchanging appearance, yet working hard under the surface. Well, that’s this website and me.
Book Launch & publicity events: www.trenchantbooks.com/blog
University start of year: http://www.gre.ac.uk/business
Pro-bono health committee & event work: www.nos.org.uk, www.shef.ac.uk/nogg, http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk, http://www.cqc.org.uk
One day this website will catch up with all that. For now I have to rush to prepare for the next event.
This is my third site within my 123-reg Business Hosting package using WordPress, in as many weeks. You would think I have the hang of it by now … yet there is so much to learn. It will be a bumpy ride for a few days.