thiNKnow Blog

March Offer: Half Price Conflicts of interest workshop

We have recently provided conflicts of interest training for several CCG governing bodies.  It seems that the promised national mandatory online training has been slow to materialise and when it does arrive, whilst it will I am sure be helpful, it is unlikely to serve everyone’s needs.  Some folk (most in my experience) learn and retain … Continue reading “March Offer: Half Price Conflicts of interest workshop”

Guest Blog: Owain Park Director of the Gesualdo Six

We have wanted to perform in the North since the group began singing together, and especially since Nicola became involved with us. We would like to bring our professional music-making to Blackburn, Bolton and Manchester between 31 March and 2 April this year, working with local choirs as well as giving concerts for the general … Continue reading “Guest Blog: Owain Park Director of the Gesualdo Six”

Crafting Powerful Questions: The number one tool for non-executive directors, lay members and governors

Among the biggest challenges faced by non-executives (including CCG lay members, school governors and charity trustees) are • creating a balanced approach to challenge and support • generating the all-important assurance; a responsibility that is shared equally by all board members. People approach this in various ways but, in my experience, the very best non-executive … Continue reading “Crafting Powerful Questions: The number one tool for non-executive directors, lay members and governors”

Christmas message from Nicola at thiNKnow Ltd

Christmas message from Nicola at thiNKnow Ltd Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Nicola King, thiNKnow. Music: Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont, arranged by Gordon Langford. Performed by The Gesualdo Six, directed by Owain Park. Nicola is proud to be a Patron of The Gesualdo Six, an exciting young vocal ensemble performing across … Continue reading “Christmas message from Nicola at thiNKnow Ltd”

Learning from high profile failures: Governance lessons for CCG lay members

Governance has never been in the public eye so much.  Everyone, from any walk of life, could probably cite at least one major governance failure from the last few months.  VW emissions, Kids Company, FiFa, Russian sports doping.  With the harsh financial circumstances currently faced by the NHS and the ever constant stream of new … Continue reading “Learning from high profile failures: Governance lessons for CCG lay members”

Hindsight in advance: Does intuition have a place in evidence based clinical practice?

I’ve always said I don’t believe in intuition but it’s not that I don’t believe exactly, it’s just that I think intuition is actually tiny bits of evidence that we piece together in ways that we can’t articulate logically without even noticing. Think Sherlock but not quite so extreme! My kids have always said I … Continue reading “Hindsight in advance: Does intuition have a place in evidence based clinical practice?”