England 2022: Yes or No?

Breaking News: Following an extraordinary meeting of FIFA’s Executive and Ethics Committees, Qatar has been stripped of the right to host the 2022 World Cup Finals.

It’s a headline that just about sounds plausible, given the controversy and criminal investigations surrounding FIFA’s top brass. But the ‘live’ news bulletin is in fact the first part of our latest team-building workshop, developed with our friends at Lane4. Suitable for groups of between 10 and 100, the fast moving simulation immerses delegates in the murky world of politics, tasked as an independent committee with deciding whether England should accept FIFA’s last-ditch offer to host the Finals in place of Qatar.

Drip-fed information in the form of government reports, memos rolling news bulletins and even tweets, participants must work together whilst considering a broad range of political ‘hot potatoes’; energy, the environment, international relations, transport links, infrastructure. And to make it even more real, participants can meet with a range of key stakeholders; Government ministers, environmental lobbyists and even a Qatari Ambassador, who may or may not be amenable, and may or may not choose to share key information.

The simulation ends with a lively TV debate in which representatives must justify decisions under the glare of the studio cameras!

CentreStage and Lane4 have run this fast-moving, engaging workshop many times to universally excellent feedback. To find out more, get in touch!

NHS England and the New Care Models

In his Five Year Forward View for the NHS, Simon Stevens noted “The traditional divide between primary care, community services and hospitals – largely unaltered since the birth of the NHS – is increasingly a barrier to the personalised and coordinated health services patients need.”

There have been many attempts over the years to break down barriers between general practice, community providers, hospitals, health and social care and mental health services, but success has been limited, with patient experience seeing little discernable difference. And that’s where the latest focus on new care models by NHS England aims to be different. Rather than closer working being a means in itself, the new care models take as a starting point the patient experience, and the associated objectives of integrated care, reduced admissions to hospitals and care closer to home.

Central to this has been the creation of a national network of Vanguard sites, each taking a lead on the development of new care models for its local population to act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward. There are three types of model: MCPs (multi-specialty community providers), concerned with moving specialist care out of hospitals and into the community; PACs (primary and acute care system), with single organisations providing hospital, GP and community services; and enhanced health in care homes.

And with the creation of this network of Vanguards came a need for NHS England, which oversees the budget, planning, delivery and day-to-day operation of the commissioning side of the NHS in England, to recruit a new care models team, responsible for linking with and supporting Vanguards across the country.

Following the creation of a behavioural framework – both true to the values of the wider NHS constitution but also relevant to the fast paced reality faced by the New Care Models team – and the design of bespoke assessment exercises to measure both current capability and future potential of candidates, CentreStage was asked to provide support from both a role play and observation perspective.

Working alongside senior managers from the New Care Models team we helped to assess 80 posts, each with multiple vacancies, within the space of 2 months.  By any standards this was a large recruitment campaign and with high stakes given the levels of talent NHS England were looking to attract.

Needless to say the New Care Models team is now in place and has already started to see significant results both in terms of patient and staff engagement across vanguard and other sights.  You can read more about their progress at