Rare serious post about my Job.

I work for the NHS. I have done for a couple of years now and it’s been OK to me so far (with the same ups and downs that every job has and will ever have).

Today, the Associate Director of Corporate Services (probably not his actual job title) took early retirement. He was a bastard by all accounts but also damn good at his job and well-respected.  There were tears, even from those that I thought wouldn’t cry and a very amusing moment when one of our male colleagues got embarrassed when he gave them a hug. He’s not an attractive man, he could be inappropriate but mainly just TMI-wise. He liked a laugh and a piss take, which I got used to and included in eventually. He was alright.

The leaving do was small and quiet. There was lots of cake. The CEO came and gave a speech and he added to it…

And this is why I am posting about this really because I have never thought about why I work for the NHS and what that should mean before. I joined because the company is huge and there were plenty of opportunities at the time. I also fancied a shit load of holidays, a pension and guaranteed sick/maternity leave…

My ex-Director joined because he believed in what the NHS offered (he had been in the company for donkey’s years). The CEO said that he was one of the most vocal Corporate (you know, not Clinical, i.e. one of those that cause ALL the problems in the NHS)  managers in Board meetings, not trying to cut corners or undermine the values of the NHS but, on the contrary, constantly asking “how does that affect our patients?” and “what impact does that have on our service users?” etc. He truly believed in what the NHS do.

I only realised that at the end. Now, we’ve lost one of the great champions of the values of the NHS – how many more will we lose? But, you know, for what it’s worth, I will take that sentiment forward…

Maybe in 40 years time I’ll be having a similar leaving do, quiet, without much fuss and inspiring another young hopeful manager to uphold the values of the largest organisation in Europe, maybe also giving my collection money to a charity of my choice too. Thanks P.

On a personal note, I didn’t know him well but I’ll miss his laugh – I’ve never heard louder or dirtier.

By ljpaddock Posted in Random Tagged

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