What can the public sector learn from start-up culture?

First published on PublicTechnology.net on the 10th of October, 2019 by Dr Anas Nader, NHS doctor and Founder/CEO of Patchwork. A mini-golf course in the office. Fridges overflowing with free drinks. The incessant need to make every noun a verb. There’s a fair amount that can be ridiculed in start-up land. However, it would be […]

As Brexit looms, the NHS desperately needs staff to stay and that means fixing burnout culture

The NHS is preparing for Brexit by stockpiling medicines – but it needs to retain staff too Stockpiling used to evoke visions of Doomsday preppers or governments on the brink of war. But stockpiling is an idea that now sits squarely in the reality of 2019. Our NHS, where I’ve worked as an A&E doctor for Chelsea […]

NHS pensions are the tip of the iceberg. How can we stop the snowballing staffing crisis?

In recent weeks, the NHS offered extra money to doctors in an attempt to stave off the current pensions crisis. New tax rules mean doctors and consultants are taxed heavily above the £110,000 threshold, including on their pension contributions. This has seen many cut back on overtime to avoid incurring the higher rates: the BMA found […]

To truly help the NHS, healthtech companies must collaborate

First published on DigitalHealthAge.com on the 10th of July, 2019 by Dr Anas Nader, NHS doctor and Founder/CEO of Patchwork. In May, NHSX announced plans to stop adding new features to their flagship NHS app. Instead, they hope to open the door to further innovation by allowing companies to ‘plug into’ and use their tech. This sets […]

NHS’s People Plan: Recognising the importance of work-life balance

Last week, the NHS released an interim People Plan. Following on from the NHS Long Term Plan released in January, the People Plan focuses on the health service’s vision for NHS employees and the immediate action needed to stave off a staffing and culture crisis. There is a huge amount to be encouraged by in this […]

Walk in their shoes: why empathy is the key to unlocking true innovation in healthcare

If you haven’t experienced it, how would you know what it feels like? Dr Anas Nader, NHS doctor and co-founder of Patchwork Health explains why the digital revolution isn’t taking off in the NHS as it should. And offers a simple way to fix the issue If you read the headlines, you’d be forgiven for […]

Why GPs leaving medicine is a symptom of an NHS-wide problem

Figures released by the BBC yesterday show the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years. As our population increases and ages, the numbers of GPs is declining rapidly. The report makes for depressing reading. That our NHS staff are under pressure is not news. Headlines about the strain clinicians are under are […]