CF’s own Dame Ruth Carnall was a guest on Roy Lilley’s HealthChat yesterday. There was a small audience gathered in Cavendish Square, London, and 2,300 viewers streaming the interview on periscope. The talk has been viewed 6,700 times to date. With typical candour, expert knowledge, common sense and humour, Ruth told tales and highlights from her 40-year career as a leader in the NHS. She also shared her perspectives on leadership, work/life balance and the future of healthcare.
Watch it yourself to hear directly from Ruth about:
- driving the reconfiguration of stroke care in London in the face of political, clinical and public opposition
- scaling a literal ladder each payday in her first NHS job as a finance trainee at St. Mary’s in Paddington
- being ‘abolished’ at least 10 times, driving her to start her own management consultancy after the abolishment of NHS London, the strategic health authority, in 2013
- tackling the challenge of being a woman in NHS leadership when it was very rare – such as navigating difficult questions in interviews for her first role as a Finance Director
- becoming a twitter sensation with her top 10 insights about resilience in leadership
- what the NHS can do to prevent more leaders from failing (providing more support and space to grow for individuals new to challenging roles)
- tackling primary care innovation and tearing down barriers
- what she thinks about the relationship between quality and regulators and what should be done about it
- her hope that there is a growing political consensus that more money for health and social care is needed
- her anticipation of the potential impact of the forthcoming report on healthcare from Lord Ara Darzi, produced with support from Carnall Farrar
The HealthChat is still available to watch here, so take a look and let us know what you think by tweeting us @CarnallFarrar.