Weeknote 21st April

Rochelle Gold
2 min readMay 20, 2023

What I did to make a difference this week

Had a day in the office which had relatively few online meetings and gave me opportunities for ad hoc conversations with another handful of colleagues that I wouldn’t have normally. A couple had been in meetings earlier this this week on the other side of the assurance table so it was good for understanding perspectives to talk that through with them in a different context. Fewer meetings also meant I had a chunk of time get stuck into a focussed task I needed to do. I’m very used to a quieter home office for this sort of work so I still needed my headphones for some white noise to help with it.

I spent some time working with senior leadership on people and profession related issues that we need to clarify and with assurance colleagues looking at how we shape this area of work up now we are 3 merged organisations. I have hatched a plan with a colleague on how we can move the latter forward.

I caught up with Sophie and enjoyed bouncing thought and ideas around with her and also had a finance meeting which (believe it or not) which also led to ideas sparking around between Tero and I. There were also more exciting ideas bouncing between Tero and I later in the week which made for a good week. Not sure what caused a lot to happen this week (maybe sunny weather?) but good to have brains buzzing.

I provided feedback on the draft digital inclusion framework being developed by colleagues in the digital health inequalities team, spent some time reflecting on and doing some personal development work and submitted a proposal for the ‘not a repository work’ for approval. I also completed end of year reviews for those that I line manage and gave feedback to people about their performance.

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Rochelle Gold

Head of User Research and User Centred Design @NHS England (formerly NHS Digital). Views my own.