A&E consultant takes on hospital job swap
AN A&E consultant is swapping his scrubs for a suit and joining Hillingdon Hospital as part of a national project.
Nick Jenkins will ditch his front-line role at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital, in Slough, for a 10-month secondment at Hillingdon Hospital, as part of a programme aimed at bridging the gap between clinicians and senior management.
The move will see him learn about the running of a major hospital trust and report directly to chief executive Shane DeGaris.
Mr Jenkins, who harbours ambitions of being a chief executive in the future, said: “It is a great opportunity to broaden my experience and goes along with my ethos that if you complain that something isn’t working you should be prepared to roll your sleeves up and help find a solution.”
The 38-year-old will report to Mr DeGaris on a number of projects including seven day working and the potential introduction of ‘physician associates’, who will help cover the shortfall of junior doctors in the NHS and lead to less reliance on temporary staff.
Mr Jenkins is one of 35 people in the UK picked for the project following a gruelling selection process, which saw him undergo a series of psychometric and personality tests.
The successful candidates also spent a month studying the latest thinking in management at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the USA.
Mr Jenkins said: “It was a fantastic experience and the challenge is how to take those models and ideas and apply them outside academia.
“The overarching challenge is always how to deliver more for less without compromising safety and quality.”
Mr DeGaris said he was looking forward to working with Mr Jenkins, adding: “Strengthening clinical leadership and developing clinical staff to undertake leadership roles are key priorities for the Trust. I am therefore very pleased we are supporting this high profile national initiative.”