‘Hey! Mr Doctor! Step out of your Comfort Zone!’

It Might not be so Bad

Today’s blog is a selfish blog.

There it is.

I said it.

You see today as much as anything I’m discussing why doctors (like meand nurses must be the ones who define the evolution of healthcare. But there’s a problem. Many doctors and nurses by themselves don’t know the whole picture when it comes to the trials and tribulations of running a hospital, clinic or governmental organisation etc etc Often times those who do are trapped by their own career issues to learn or work in healthcare management.

I recently made a presentation about why my team of doctors were perfectly placed to tackle the issues of hospital management and strategy (find it hereand today I’m going to go through why it’s worth doctors and nurses taking the plunge into management.

1. Reality Check

You can be the reality check. I know you’ve moaned about how your ward, theatre, admin or clinic operates.

I know that for a FACT. So why haven’t you spoken up? Don’t think people will listen to you? Maybe you’re right but that’s because you’re not operating in their world. Take a bit of time to learn about their world, their jargon and their issues and then you can translate your issues into a language they’ll understand.

More importantly, you can turn your issues into ACTION.

2. Rapport

If we all made an effort to understand each other maybe, just maybe we can cause positive change.

It works both ways. If doctors and nurses who are interested in management take the time to learn the subject and managers who want to work in healthcare take the time to experience the wards and emergency rooms then we develop the most important commodity.

INSIGHT. With insight we can figure out which solutions are actually innovative, acceptable and implementable.

3. Remember the Patients?

Patients? Remember them? The reason we do our jobs? Ok, ok enough of that. We all know why we’re here and quite frankly management issues often stop us from doing our jobs properly, efficiently or effectively.

Whether it’s a distracting rota issue, missing paperwork or malfunctioning equipment the bottom line is if it’s stopping us from looking after our patients then we have a duty to do something about it.It’s easy to retreat into our shells and procrastinate with our friends and colleagues but that’s not going to make a difference.

If you have the interest, the will and the solutions to make a difference then you should take the time and make the effort to immerse yourself in that world because ultimately you’re still caring for your patients.

4. Managers want to Work with You!

Contrary to popular belief the majority of managers and executives in healthcare do it because they care.

They value your opinions, your experiences and your solutions. In my experience, I’ve had profoundly positive experiences with every manager I’ve met from junior to senior and we’ve often, with a bit of pushing, managed to develop some plans for action. Often when they’ve heard that I’ve made the effort to learn and understand management they’ve then made the effort to understand my world.

We’re in a time of change and management groups are increasingly recognising the value of real world experience to solve problems.

Not least in healthcare.

So whether you’re a doctor, manager, nurse or executive if you believe in collaborative healthcare then check out my team’s interactive presentation , visit our website here and let me know what you think!


Dr Saif Abed
Founding Partner
AbedGraham Healthcare Strategies Ltd

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