Posted by: ayrshirehealth | July 31, 2013

Bouncing back by @billyahpd

Bouncing Back

Well it’s the end of another fantastic AHP month.  We have run ‘til we dropped to realise our potential, learnt new dances to achieve balance and integration and done some bridging to join up community and acute care.  So what have we learnt?  For me the thread linking each of these leadership stories is the importance of personal resilience.


Resilience is the ability to keep on going and not throw in the towel when times get tough.

Resilience 2

To cope and bounce back in the face of adversity like a rubber band that is stretched under stress but returns to normal as the stress is removed.  Leaders in the NHS are going to need bags of resilience as we face testing times ahead – so how do we develop personal resilience?  Everyone is different and our three AHP leaders describe very different things that have worked for them.

 Clarity of purpose

We need to be clear about what our values and purpose are and it is important that they fit with those around us.  When our values and purpose are out of alignment with those around us, it can lead to conflict and stress.  What are your values and purpose?  Are they aligned to those of your family, friends and workplace?

Step back and notice

The importance of stepping back and reviewing where we are and whether we are behaving in line with our values and purpose came across in all three stories.  Step backTaking time to reflect and prioritise is important so that we don’t find ourselves in a deep hole, digging harder and harder to get out of it but not taking the time to stop and notice the ladder behind us.

How are your actions aligned to your purpose and values?

What holes are you digging and are there any ladders?

Focus on improvement

Each of the stories led to improvement either in personal, team or service effectiveness.  Leading change is rarely easy, but when we are clear that our actions will one day lead to improvement for ourselves or others it makes it easier to keep going.  Joanne’s focus on improvement for service users is a powerful motivator for her and those around her.

Being part of a team

Claire suggested that being surrounded by “Jennys” or people that joined and supported her were key to her ability to keep running.  The importance of the team and in particular the quality of personal relationships in reducing stress and improving personal resilience is well documented.  How do you make time to care for your relationships and spend quality time with your “Jennys” so that you can support each other to keep running?

Life balance

BalanceKerry showed that balance isn’t necessarily about doing less work and more rest and relaxation.  It is about having balance across all of the facets of our life and sometimes this might mean doing more of some things, not less.  What do you need to do to balance your life?

Bouncing Back

BouncingIt is clear that resilience is important for the success of individuals, teams, organisations and communities and that it is dependent on a range of factors.  Taking time to understand what works for us and those around us is the first step in building our resilience.  If resilience was measured in rubber bands how many rubber bands would you be, and how might you add a couple extra to you and those around you?

This week completing our month of blogs by Allied Health Professionals was @billyahpd (Billy McClean) who is Associate Director for AHPs in NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Next week leading us off on a month of blogs by ‘Chairs’ of NHS health boards from across Scotland is @JohnRossScott from NHS Orkney


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