All Good Things


Well, that was a whirlwind!

After 18-months at NHSX, my 6-month temporary secondment has reached its end.

It's always hard when a job finishes. The secondment was twice extended, and that let me carry on defining open technology standards for the NHS. Now it is over and I'm a bit sad. The pandemic seems to heighten all emotions, doesn't it?

I'm luckier than most. I'm still employed. The whole point of a secondment is a short-term loan to share skills and experiences. I'm returning to my home department - GDS. So I'm still fighting the good fight on open technology.

Change, however difficult, is necessary. The people you want to kick-start an organisation are not necessarily those you need to sustain an organisation. Teams need to grow and evolve - as do I.

In my head, I know it's right for me to move on. I'm not sure that makes it easier.

The team back in 'X are fantastic and are doing great things. I hope that I've left a little bit of legacy there. And I can't wait to see what they achieve next.

For now, as ever, onwards and upwards!


A few highlights, in Tweet form.

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14 thoughts on “All Good Things”

  1. Welcome back to central government. It’s been so enlightening following your work at NHS X, excited to see what you do next. I love how you change the world by being yourself 😊



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  2. says:

    Nicely illustrated, with Tweets! Although, committing the faux pas of crossing Dr Who image with a Star Trek episode title...

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  3. I only know you via here and folk who know you talking to me about you and it has been a lesson in overcoming criticism (largely born from others’ fear and uncertainty) through integrity. Enjoy the absolutely well earned break.



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  4. Congrats! Certainly one heck of an interesting time to hold the position, to say the least. Can't wait to see what's in store for the future. (:



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