We have the structure and management arrangement where everything has to balance within the financial year, which commercial organisations and councils don’t have to do – it’s better to be able to work on the basis of being able to carry money forward from one year to the next. I’d change that, as we are too driven by the short term – especially in a business such as ours, in which 15 year planning span is needed.
I wish I’d had the opportunity to learn more about computers and IT. And, going way back, I didn’t appreciate that teamwork is everything!
First, we set up the systems for Health Education England to go live 1 April 2013 – I was very relieved when everything worked! Second, I was working in one of the 24 SHAs responsible for workforce development when all were evaluated by the Audit Commission, and we came out in the top two for delivering best practice and meeting objectives.