All Good Things

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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. Matt Jukes says:

    Great shift mate 🙂
    Back into the frying pan now!



  2. great to have you back to central gov, sort of 🙂



  3. Good to have you back!



  4. Forgot you’d be coming back! 🙌



  5. lucky for you it was a nice quiet period…umm…oh… 😉



  6. 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 😊



  7. andypiper says:

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

  8. 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.



  9. X will miss you I’m sure and we’ll miss you being in there championing the importance of all things open 🙂



  10. You picked an… interesting period for your secondment! Something for the memoirs…



  11. 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. (:



  12. Well done mate! Hopefully they’ll carry on the transparency.



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