A&E con­sul­tant takes on hos­pi­tal job swap

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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