Primary care has dominated the headlines the past couple of weeks. From Bedfordshire LMC calling for a “private alternative model” of general practice, to the launch of a controversial 24-hour smartphone GP service, the focus never shifts far from primary care’s workforce crisis, ever-expanding waiting times and funding shortfalls.
In the midst of such negativity, Collaborate strives to offer something different. A space to connect, to share, to learn, to have fun. To support you in your own leadership journey, so that in these difficult times, driving transformational change feels not only possible, but do-able.
A recent piece in the Guardian – Diary of a GP – crystallises Collaborate’s core mission. Describing her working week, the anonymous author highlights the extreme pressures facing frontline NHS staff, and the sense of isolation and loneliness that this can evoke.
What struck a chord was the description of her monthly study group:
“The group meets monthly and has done for more than 10 years. It is a wonderful source of support for GPs in times like these. You realise you are not alone, and the richness and diversity of skills and experience offer hope that there is a better way of working out there.”
This sums up exactly what Collaborate is trying to achieve: to connect primary care leaders at a human and personal level, to facilitate the sharing of stories and ideas, and to ensure that no leader feels alone or unsupported. Whether it be via WhatsApp, Loomio, Collaborate Connect meetings or national festivals, Collaborate is here to support you – hoping to shine a little light in the darkness.
Following on from the Art of Possible, Collaborate’s next national festival will be taking place in early 2018 – date to be announced soon.
In the meantime, if would like to join the Collaborate Connect Loomio group, it couldn’t be easier. Loomio is a platform to discuss specific issues that affect you in your leadership role. By separating out topics into separate threads, it should hopefully promote more meaningful and valuable discussion. Please click here to join.
If you would like to start your own local Collaborate community, but are not sure where to start, please get in touch with Sara on 07725 555 030 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.