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A repository of inspirational ideas

It’s OK to have dreams.  For as long as I can remember I have been dreaming of a time when all the good things, ideas, innovations and concepts, that are the backbone of the NHS, could be shared. The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff is proof; dreams can come true.

The NHS is full of enthusiastic, clever, keen, passionate people with a strong sense of vocation.  They want to do the right thing and to do things right. The Academy is the place to share ideas about doing it right, boast about the good stuff and if you have a problem, the place to search for an answer. The NHS is so much better than it gets credit for, is so much more efficient than people think.  And, is keen to share, be collegiate, find the good stuff and pass it on.

I want to make the Academy the first port of call to show off (why not), to make us proud and put a smile on the faces of the people working right across the NHS; to make services better, more efficient and above all fun. If you have a problem you can bet someone else is facing the same challenge.  You can almost guarantee, somewhere in the NHS somebody has an idea or a solution that will help. The Academy will only work if we share the good stuff and I’m guessing we want to.  Five years of writing editorials for nhsManahers.net has filled my in-box with people offering readymade solutions, ideas and answers to the questions we all face.  It’s time to pass them on.

The ideas don’t have to be huge and service wide, they can be local, niche ‘the way you do it’.  If they have worked for you, you can bet they will work for someone else. The web-site has been designed to be easy to add to and easy to access.  Please have a look, share and search. The NHS is so much stronger and so much better when it works together, walks in step and shares the best stuff.

The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff is an opportunity to turn dreams into action.

Roy Lilley

February 2015

The people behind The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff

Roy Lilley

Roy Lilley has been in and around the NHS since 1974 and feels lucky to still be involved. An excoriating critic of the NHS and its institutions but with his last breath, a fan of the patient facing front-line of healthcare and the anonymous people who manage the services. He visits well over 50 NHS services every year, speaks at 100+ events and meetings and conferences and writes and broadcasts about the health service in e-letters, newspapers, magazines and on TV and (as he insists on describing it) the wireless.He is in the Debrett’s 500 list of the most influential people in England. A writer, artist musician and magician he fits his hobbies around the day job and says, the ‘day job’ is his hobby. The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff has been his dream and is now a reality. He might put his feet up and enjoy a cuppa-builder’s and a Hobnob. On the other hand he might turn up to look at your ‘fabulous stuff’.
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Dr Terri Porrett

Dr Terri Porrett PhD, MSc, RN

Terri was a ward sister at St. Marks Hospital before joining the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1991 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stoma Care. Terri worked at the Homerton as a Nurse Consultant and was Clinical Director of the North East London Bowel Cancer Screening Centre. Shehas co-edited two textbooks and published extensively in medical Colorectal and nursing Gastrointestinal Journals. Terri joined Coloplast in 2011 and in her role as Head of Education, Ostomy Division, develops  professional support and education programmes for specialist nurses. Terri was involved in the development of www.apollonursingresource.com, an online resource to enable specialist nurses to articulate the value of their role and amplify the voice of specialist nurses. In 2013 Terri was recognised in the Nursing Times Nursing Leaders list as a ‘real champion for colorectal nursing and specialist nursing in general’. Terri is thrilled to be involved in the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff (although might not quite realise what she is letting herself in for!) and aims to be the moderating influence on the double act that is Lilley and Wilks! 

Jon Wilks

Jon Wilks

Jon Wilks is the ‘straight’ guy to Roy Lilley in the double act that is nhsManagers.net. That is to say that he does all of the running around, is the butt of most jokes and bears it all with a stoical grace. He is also Managing Director of UK HealthGateway Ltd, the leading health market access consultancy that helps medical device companies to make sure their products are packed full of fab stuff before coming to market. He has worked in and around the NHS for over 15 years and recovers his own sense of humour by being rubbish at fly fishing.

Speed Agency

Speed Agency is the official creative and digital partner of Fab the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff.

At Speed, we believe in the combined power of creativity and technology to innovate user experiences, creating brand engagement at every touchpoint in order to stay ahead.

Specialists in the finance, medical, recruitment and education sectors, we have worked across the medical sector for over 10 years; developing product brands for device manufacturers, Apps to support care workers, creating recruitment campaigns, designing Report and Accounts for hospitals and creating sales materials and building websites for a range of medical companies.

We are proud to working with Terri, Roy and John and supporting the important and innovative work they do.

We take care of the everything, from the basics to the staggering complex, fusing creativity with technology, insight to outcome. 100% independent, local or global. For us it’s personal, it’s friendly, it’s mutual, it’s about ideas that work, at the right time in the right place. It’s about collaboration at speed.

David Dews

As the leader of the pack I lead by example. I care about the Speedsters and their development, I’ve instilled a culture of confidence and I’m relentless in making Speed a truly inspiring place to work.

I’m passionate about brand strategy, new tech, a great customer experience, integrated thinking and of course beautiful design.

I’m business minded. I get that the days of having unlimited time are behind us… In today’s marketplace we need to think fast, be integrated, prove returns on investment and move quickly otherwise you’ll soon be out of touch

I’m fascinated by the medical sector and the innovations that come out of it. My mum was a nurse so I think I’ll always have an interest in what’s going in. It’s exciting to be working with Fab, their energy and commitment is contagious!

Jo Thacker

As Client Services Director and with over 15 years’ experience in London agencies, I thrive on bringing strategic business and marketing knowledge to projects to help determine branding and communication requirements and ensure all deliverables are appropriate and effective, whether for a B2B or B2C audience, online or offline.

I’ve led projects and campaigns for Sony, Cable & Wireless, the Department of Health, The Fairtrade Foundation launching their “Make Fairtrade Mainstream” campaign. As well as an integrated campaign to raise awareness of the rights of disabled young people on public transport for the Department of Transport, which demonstrated an increase in traveling confidence of 25%.

I love getting results and seeing things work and improve, so working with Terri and the Fab Academy is truly inspiring.