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Helen Bevan

Helen Bevan

Helen Bevan wrote this blog post for the BMJ and it appeared on their website on 29 July 2013

BMJ Group blogs: BMJ Quality Blog » Blog Archive » A call to action: Helen Bevan’s blog.

Anyone who chooses to be a change agent or improvement leader in healthcare doesn’t choose an easy life. There are so many forces opposing the changes we want to see; a system that rewards people for “keeping the trains running” rather than radical change, those with the power and/or a vested interest in keeping the status quo, colleagues and leaders who are sceptical, apathetic or scared of change.

Many times in my career in improvement, I have felt isolated, vulnerable and misunderstood. People have treated me like some kind of oddball when I have craved to be taken seriously and appreciated for my efforts as a leader of change. Yet big change only happens in healthcare organisations because of heretics and radicals; the courageous, passionate people who are willing to take responsibility for change, who support their organisation in its mission but also challenge the status quo.

Read the full blog post on the BMJ website

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