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Sunset, sunrise!

On Friday I was finishing things off in the office when the dipping sun blinded me and I took notice of the amazing sunset over London. A quick photo and tweet later and I was entertained by this exchange with Matt, one of our provider engagement team members. Working late on a Friday evening but...

Facing challenge

I've been thinking about challenges over the last week. When I was on holiday, our challenges were tough hikes – one (Crypt Lake) even features in the National Geographic top 20 thrilling day hikes in the world. In this context thrilling equals scary as we navigated narrow ledges, natural...

Me and my shadow

Last week's blog was a bit of a mammoth read – sorry about that. There was so much to pack in that I broke my self-imposed rules on brevity. This week I'm aiming to be a bit shorter! Recently I have been focused on internal stuff – management meetings, one-to-ones, preparing for the roll...

The holiday is over!

It's a good job I had such a fabulous holiday, as the first week of September – which was also my first week back – was particularly hectic for anyone involved or interested in adult social care. Each day last week there seemed to be a new and important report to consider. I could not do...

Canada, caring and catch-up

Back from my holidays and the first thing I want to do is thank my senior team for the impressive job they did while I was away. I'm glad Sally and Adrian and Malcolm and Debbie were able to introduce themselves in their takeover blogs in the last two weeks – they are a great team. It is so...

Good mood

This is my last blog before I go on annual leave. On Thursday I fly to the Canadian Rockies for a spot of hiking, fresh air, great scenery, maybe a bit of white water rafting and some good food and wine. It's a while since I took a two-week holiday and I am looking forward to a complete break....

Quiet summer? No way!

So, the schools have broken up for the holiday, Parliament is in recess and we have sunshine and showers. It's summer! Halcyon days I remember a time when the end of July and August provided welcome respite from the hurly-burly of everyday busy-ness- an opportunity to tidy cupboards, clean up...

Musing about the Mum Test

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about the Mum Test. When we published A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of adult social care  in October 2013, I wrote in my introduction: “To make sure our regulatory approach is truly personalised I want us to consider for every service we look at –...

Working together to call time on poor care

Day in, day out dedicated staff provide safe, compassionate, high quality care for hundreds of thousands of people in their own homes or care homes. The work they do is immensely valuable and they definitely meet the Mum Test – providing care that you or I would be happy for anyone we love to...

Regulation for inspiration

Last week I was honoured to be included in the Health Service Journal list of inspirational women in healthcare. It was a bit of a surprise, not least given my social care brief. But perhaps it is a sign that some of the boundaries between health and social care are blurring? I hope so. HSJ...

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