Part of the problem in healthcare is that we don’t actively seek transformational change. We focus on being better, being safer and just working darn harder to get results. Unfortunately building a better horse and cart has inherent limitations.
Sport illustrates this quite nicely, the high jump in the early days of the Olympics was a standing jump, which became a scissor jump after a run up. Of course performance increased, and thanks to occasional falls a mat was introduced to prevent injury.
Things went on for a while with slightly better results every four years but then, the straddle jump evolved and results improved dramatically. Now everybody did the straddle jump and things were slightly improving every four years, it seemed that the straddle jump was the best way of doing it, period-until Dick Fosbury came along that is.
Once again a transformation occurred which changed the game with a quantum leap.
Of course now the NHS faces a major pressure to survive, and surprise surprise we’re squeezing efficiency out of the current systems, getting that better horse and cart. Even the potentially transformative shift to Clinical Commissioning Groups looks like it will be focussed on better pathways, again that horse and cart.
So what should the transformation be? Who is the Dick Fosbury of our NHS. I don’t know, it could be you or me. The solution is not going to come to those of us who are equine focussed in mentality. The solution will come from people who are not afraid to question the status quo, and ask the question “why not?”