You say you want a revolution . . .
What has the Beatles Revolution from the White Album got to do with healthcare and this week’s colloquium? Well, both the song and Sir Muir Gray are advocating revolution – but Sir Muir’s is in health.
Sir Muir is one of our guests at this week’s opening events at Ko Awatea.
He was formerly director of the National Knowledge Service and Chief Knowledge Officer to the National Health Service . He’s now working part-time for the NHS leading a workstream called Doing the Right Things...
Visit his website, http://www.bvhc.co.uk/ (Better Value Healthcare). Here, Muir talks about the 21st healthcare leadership challenge – meeting increasing need with no additional funding.
We need, he says, a third revolution; the first was based on public health, getting clean water and improving public health after the cholera epidemic. The second has been driven by clinicians, chemists, engineers, mathematicians from around 1950, which gave us things like angioplasty, IVF, statins, coronary artery bypass grafts etc.
But he says we still have outstanding problems which science isn’t going to solve – patient harm, waste, variation in outcome, inequity and failure to prevent the preventable. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it is – they’re problems every health service faces.
Muir says these problems will be solved through the third revolution, by citizens, information technology and knowledge.
What a challenge for us in Ko Awatea.
Going back to the Beatles’ Revolution – we all want to change the world and you’re part of it – making a contribution and finding solutions to our challenges; increasing knowledge and transforming our health system. This week’s just the beginning of a new journey for us all.