UK investigation into Downing Avenue Covid lockdown events finds ‘failures of management’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to make a statement at Parliament on January 31, 2022 in London, England.

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LONDON – The preliminary findings of an inquiry into Covid-19 lockdown parties at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office and home have sharply criticized Downing Street culture.

The 12-page interim report, released in redacted form on the government website on Monday, makes clear that lockdown parties “should not have happened” while others “should not have unfolded as they did”.

In a series of damning conclusions, senior official Sue Gray’s partial findings said there were “faults in leadership and judgment by various parts of No. 10 and the Cabinet Office at different times” and some of the behavior was “difficult to justify.”

It also noted that excessive consumption of alcohol was “at no time appropriate in a professional workplace” and some employees wanted to raise concerns about behaviors they observed but felt unable to do so.

“At least some of the assemblies in question represent a serious failure to live up not only to the high standards expected of those who work at the heart of government, but also to the standards that were expected at that time from the whole of the British public,” says the report.

Gray said it was unable to produce a meaningful report after the Metropolitan Police controversially asked them to provide “minimal clues” about parties they are also investigating.

The Met’s move provoked a backlash from British lawmakers, who accused the police of trying to influence the political process and “whitewashing” the report.

After multiple reports of various gatherings and alleged parties at government buildings, the latest revelation in recent weeks has been that an event was being held during the lockdown to celebrate Johnson’s birthday on June 19, 2020.

Johnson so far resisted demands for his resignation from across the political spectrum, despite public anger over the long and growing list of alleged lockdown violations.

In response to Gray’s interim report, Johnson told lawmakers assembled in the House of Commons that he regretted the way the matter had been handled and accepted that it was time to review the codes of conduct.

“First, I want to apologize,” Johnson said on Monday afternoon. “I’m sorry for the things we just didn’t do right and also for the way this matter was handled.”

Acknowledging that apologizing is not enough, Johnson said he would set up a prime minister’s office with a permanent secretary.

“I understand it and I will fix it,” Johnson said, prompting a chorus of jeers from opposition lawmakers.

Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said that “the Prime Minister thought we were all fools by routinely breaking the rules he had laid down”.

“He cheerfully treats what should be a mark of shame as a welcome shield,” Starmer added, noting that Gray’s report shows there are 12 cases that have reached the threshold for a criminal investigation.

The Prime Minister is expected to address all Conservative MPs at a meeting tonight.

What happens next?

Many lawmakers loyal to Johnson, including his closest colleagues, had repeatedly said they would “wait for the results” of Sue Gray’s report before passing judgment on their leader.

Conservative politicians’ oft-repeated phrase has allowed the Prime Minister to buy some time to campaign for support from lawmakers to stave off a no-confidence vote – which will be triggered when 54 Tory MPs send letters of no-confidence to the chairman of the 1922 Committee, one influential group of backbenchers addressing leadership challenges.

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It is not known how many letters were sent to the 1922 leader, Graham Brady, as the letters are kept secret, although a number of politicians have publicly stated that they no longer have confidence in Johnson’s leadership.

It will now be closely observed whether the required 54 letters from Brady will be declared after Gray’s results are published. If enough no-confidence letters are received, a vote of confidence would be triggered.

If a majority of Tory MPs voted to support Johnson in the vote, current rules mean that no new vote can be called for another 12 months, although the 1922 Committee is reportedly considering changing that rule to include two votes allow per year.

Should Johnson lose the vote, he would be forced to resign and a Conservative leadership contest would begin. In that case, Johnson would not be admitted as a deposed leader.

Of course, another alternative would be for Johnson to resign of his own accord, but he shows no sign of intending to do so.

Some lawmakers may prefer to wait and see how the Conservative Party fares in local elections in May, allowing them to gauge public anger at Partygate. However, opinion polls have already shown that trust and support for Johnson and his administration have fallen.

party over?

Johnson’s leadership was under immense pressure after weeks of media reports (dating back before Christmas) of several parties and gatherings attended by government employees, including at times Johnson.

One gathering in particular captured Johnson when it took place in May 2020, at the height of the first lockdown, when the general public was only allowed to meet one other person from outside their household outdoors.

Johnson admitted before Parliament in early January that he had attended the party – dubbed the ‘bring your own boek’ gathering in Downing Street’s garden, to which around 100 people were reportedly invited.

But he told lawmakers he only attended the party for 25 minutes to thank “groups of staff” for their hard work and that he “implicitly believed this was a work event,” a comment made by opposition politicians was mocked.

The opposition Labor Party was scathing at Johnson’s leadership and his comments on his participation in the party in May 2020, calling for the Prime Minister to resign.

As Johnson offered the nation his “sincere apologies” for attending the event, Labor leader Starmer said Johnson’s explanation for his attendance was “so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the British public” as he urged Johnson to ” do the right thing and resign.”

CCSD Interim Superintendent shares ideas on COVID, trainer shortages and management model

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Interim Superintendent Donald Kennedy has been running the Charleston County School District for a week, which is filled with introductory meetings and a new decision for the district.

In a meeting with his cabinet on Thursday, Kennedy said that given the county’s staffing problems, it had been decided to pay replacement teachers more money.

“I don’t have an exact number, but I think it’s $ 25. This includes an increase in the tariff and an incentive for a certain number of working days during the week. The total amount for this implementation is $ 1.6 million, “said Kennedy.

Kennedy’s top priority is keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19 through measures such as masks, updated air filter systems, contact tracing, and vaccination clinics.

“I will continue with the existing protocols and processes,” said Kennedy. “If we had to close schools or classrooms, it’s like last resort.”

The board of trustees of the school district will reassess the current mask mandate on January 10th.

The second priority for Kennedy is to allocate the remaining federal funds that the school district received.

“I want to make sure these new initiatives, funded by the American Rescue Plan dollars, are properly integrated into the programs we have,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy has also introduced himself across the county and has teacher groups on his schedule to speak to.

“I met with three directors this week alone,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy said he had no experience as an educator, but he wanted to work with the county principals.

“We will work with the leadership team and principals to set a number of goals,” said Kennedy. “It will be the goals of this collective body that we would submit to the school board.”

To the process of finding a permanent replacement for the former superintendent Dr. Kennedy had little to say about finding Gerrita Postlewait.

“I don’t know what the search process looks like or whether the board has discussed it. This is the first week for me so I wasn’t thinking that far into the future, ”said Kennedy.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX management shakes up as two VPs depart

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule on Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on November 9, 2021 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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SpaceX’s missile business leadership was shaken, CNBC learned, when two vice presidents split from the company.

The changes come with me Elon Musks Space company now the leading US missile builder with its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles. The company is also investing heavily in the development of its next-generation Starship missile.

SpaceX’s vice president of propulsion Will Heltsley has left the company, several people familiar with the situation told CNBC who have been with the company since 2009. These people said Heltsley was removed from Raptor engine development due to a lack of progress. The Raptor engines power the Starship rocket and Super Heavy boosters from SpaceX.

Heltsley’s departure shows the tremendous pressure on the engine’s development given the key role it plays in Starship’s success. The company has successfully carried out a large number of test ignitions and flights with the Raptor and has continuously improved the engine. Musk recently said that a second generation Raptor engine “has significant improvements in all respects.”

“But the engine that can actually make life multiplanetar requires a complete design overhaul. It won’t be called the Raptor,” Musk said in a tweet on November 16.

SpaceX’s Jacob McKenzie, who has been with the company for more than six years, now leads Raptor engine development and manufacturing, sources said.

A closer look under the base of Super Heavy Booster 4 on the 29 Raptor engines.


Lee Rosen, SpaceX vice president of mission and launch operations, left last week, people said, as did Ricky Lim, senior director of Mission and Launch Operations. Rosen had been with SpaceX since 2013, while Lim joined the company in 2008.

SpaceX did not respond to CNBC’s request to comment on the leadership changes.

A handful of other long-time employees left the company after SpaceX closed its offer to buy on Friday. While SpaceX did not raise any new capital on the secondary sale, the round closed at $ 560 per share – Company valuation increased to $ 100.3 billion.

SpaceX has had a great year: the company launched 25 successful Falcon 9 missions, put 12 astronauts into orbit with its Dragon capsules, expanded its Starlink satellite internet service to approximately 140,000 users, and made further advances with Starship.

Musk said last week SpaceX will “hopefully” launch its first orbital Starship flight in January or February, which represents the next major milestone in the development of the rocket. This start is still pending regulatory approval from the FAA and technical readiness.

New ACHCA President Talks Occupancy-Workers Ties, Advocacy Efforts and Management Fashion

Associations are seeing occupancy from operators due to crippling staff shortages, including the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA), whose membership consists largely of nursing home administrators as well as students and retirees.

New President and CEO Bob Lane spoke to Skilled Nursing News about this vicious circle and how he plans to work for members in the years to come.

Lane has over 34 years of long-term care industry experience starting with the National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) and leading initiatives for the Oklahoma Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIO-QIO). More recently, he has been known for his consulting work with BKD CPAs and counselors.

Lane will officially begin on September 7th. He was the former CEO of ACHCA and has been a board member since 2013.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What do you hear from the members in terms of staff and utilization?

The occupancy had only just started to recover to some extent, and then of course this next round of delta hits. I have never seen buildings that limit their occupancy due to staffing levels. They self-limit their income while having these exorbitant expenses on the working side. That’s not a good equation for long-term success.

How has the Biden government’s vaccination mandate exacerbated this situation?

As an individual, I can tell you that while it is a noble endeavor that staff must be vaccinated, even if they are tied to federal funding, the weeding out of a segment of the healthcare profession has a devastating effect on the ability of these providers to provide even a few give the elders in their care the appearance of quality care. With around a third of the nursing staff not vaccinated, this requirement would result in these people being pushed into other sectors, creating an unbalanced playing field.

What other concerns do you see for administrators?

The direction the profession seems to be going in relation to Medicare Advantage. I saw a headline … calling for Congressional intervention regarding Medicare Advantage plans and how one-sided many of them are.

As Medicare Advantage becomes the dominant Medicare payment method, it will have a huge impact on the dollars available, as well as the turnaround time for your revenue stream.

Thoughts on the final CMS rule 2022, patient-managed payment model (PDPM) delay?

I think we need to keep an eye on the future, even if the industry sees this as a short-term victory as CMS has not made any adjustments. PDPM, we were only there five months when this pandemic broke out.

It doesn’t go from apples to apples – in no way from apples to apples. An extension without adjustments is certainly a good opportunity to get better data for a better comparison to see if adjustments need to be made.

Marc [Zimmet] advised that this could backfire on us in the form of even higher adjustments. [But] I don’t think we’re in a good position right now to say, ‘Okay, go ahead and adjust.’ I just don’t think that’s sensible, especially given the problems we have with the delta resurgence, the absolutely crippling problems with staffing; We need every dollar we can get.

Advocacy to make PDPM changes more palatable?

By the time we have a year later, we’ve already plowed the field a bit here so CMS better understands where we’re from, and the adjustment may not be that bad, if at all.

Are other advocacy efforts for ACHCA in the works?

We’re still trying to get the rest of the Provider Relief Funds [PRF] distributed. There are 20 billion left. I know that work is being done by both major trades to get the administration to release it.

What changes or additions do you intend to make to the organization?

It is very important to me that we have an infrastructure that enables us to have a regular and continuous dialogue with our members. That’s something we don’t necessarily have right now. It can be informal at various meetings or phone calls, but we have no way of tapping on feedback from our members on a regular basis.

How are you going to do that

We have not conducted any regular member surveys. And as you can imagine, members are the lifeblood of any association, and if you don’t hear from them regularly, it degrades the value of membership we must have.

Were there challenges at the beginning of your career that influenced your decisions or your leadership style today?

[NHC] was in expansion mode, they pulled me to a building in St. Louis they’d just taken over, and I got to experience a lot of different things from digging through personnel files that were over 20 years old to trying to figure it out how to get there Peeling wallpaper from the walls. It was quite a comprehensive experience in a variety of areas.

They also had a union, instead of closing the building and decertifying the union, they just threw away the census and kept it open, which kept the union there. Eventually the staff decertified it themselves, but that was my first contact with organized work.

In a scenario like the one I did, in the midst of an attempt to unionize, you become very sensitive to the concerns of the staff … you will not survive if you are not a good listener.

It has helped me be more cooperative and it made me realize that the best decisions are often made when you at least consider those where the decision affects them. Instead of the paternalistic “I know what is best” approach from the top down, a lot of my style is going to be more collaborative. This doesn’t mean that I’m not ready to make decisions and make decisions as needed, but I usually look for feedback to get as much information as possible to help make the best decision.

So how do you apply these lessons to the myriad of challenges nursing homes and their administrators face today?

We do a good job of caring for the patient or the elderly, but we have not consistently done a good job in all areas of caring for our staff. A competitive advantage is a strong, supportive nursing culture led by a leader who is well versed in it.

I think colleges and other associations both have an opportunity – if we don’t just focus on providing education or some of what I would call hard skills.

[Our members are] exhausted, often overwhelmed, and yet young people still come into this profession. We have to give them a boost so that they not only have confidence in their abilities and skills, but also know that they are not alone in this boat.

Hochul’s announcement of latest Covid measures showcases new model of management | Native Information

She also said she knew few expected the coronavirus to still be such a problem, but the Delta variant had required ongoing containment and vaccination efforts.

The 7-day positive test rate in Western New York was 4.1% on Monday. Hochul noted that hospital admissions are manageable, but the one-day positive test rate for that region on Monday was 5.6%, a sign that infection rates remain high.

“I don’t like these numbers, my friends,” said Hochul.

Poloncarz also pointed out that of all Covid-19 deaths reported to date in Erie County in July and August, those who were not vaccinated died at a younger age. The mean age at death for the vaccinated was 80. For the unvaccinated, the mean age at death was 70.

Because the 2020 census increased Erie County’s total population, the percentage of adults who received at least one dose of the vaccine has now dropped from more than 70% to 69%, which is below the national average.

Later on Tuesday, Hochul announced during a virtual press conference that she would convene an “extraordinary session” of the state parliament from Wednesday to address a trio of issues, including one related to the pandemic: the extension of an eviction moratorium until January 15. The US Supreme Court intervened earlier this month to lift a federal eviction moratorium imposed by the Biden government. In the absence of state laws, heads of state and government fear a housing crisis for tenants who are behind with their payments.

Why Kevin Durant respects Draymond Inexperienced’s management fashion

What KD respects in Draymond’s leadership style originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Kevin Durant has had no shortage of Superstar teammates throughout his career. And as such, he was constantly surrounded by some of the most competitive and demanding players the NBA has to offer. Of course, he can be damn competitive and challenging himself.

Maybe that’s why he’s able respect Draymond Greens leadership style, even if the former Defensive Player of the Year has crossed the line more than anyone else Durant has played with.

“We’re all underdogs, of course, with chips on our shoulders because it’s hard to get here,” Durant said in Bleacher Reports “Chips with Draymond Green”. “But the person who went too far was always Draymond Green, to the point where I felt like you wanted to find out that you weren’t messing around. For example, you won’t run over me even though I have a … second round pick and I’m too small and not as skilled as you want me to be, or I don’t play the way you traditionally like for people my size. “

Obviously, there have been times when the chips on their respective shoulders caused Durant and Green to head into each other. especially their arguments in court during a game between the Warriors and LA Clippers in 2018. But Durant explained how he benefited overall from the way Green does his business.

“But you’ve pushed it to the point where it’s cool for me to be who I am and not keep apologizing for it,” Durant added, “because you don’t want to harm anyone, but you wanted to you finished, you wanted finished. And we all respected that. And we all thought of that as guys that get into the league and want to fit into this system so badly, want to be a part of this whole thing, then you realize you see guys who [are] just at their own little pace, and that’s more like my rhythm.

The story goes on

“So, a lot of guys I’ve played with, from [Russell Westbrook] to James [Harden] to [Kyrie Irving] to Steph [Curry] after Klay [Thompson], they all move to the beat of their own drum. That encourages a lot of people to do the same; not just basketball players, but people in general who just watch us. Since I was dealing with everyone every day, I started to think that way. I started to see the beauty in all of this shit. “

TIED TOGETHER: KD admits his only regret to Draymond about the Warriors’ tenure

Many have the resolution of. attributed to the dynastic warriors on the incompatibility of Durant and Green. But they certainly see each other a lot.

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Interview with new Pueblo Police Chief Chris Noeller, talks management type

PUEBLO, Colorado (KRDO) – During the Pueblo City Council meeting Monday night, interim Police Chief Chris Noeller was there confirmed as permanent police chief.

On Friday, KRDO sat down with Noeller to discuss his vision for the Pueblo Police Department and to raise concerns about his leadership style, which has been questioned by some within the department.

Noeller was with the Center of an internal investigation Earlier this year, 10 complaints were filed by Pueblo police officers, including allegations of discrimination, intimidation and bullying.

The report gave “numerous examples of difficulty working with Deputy Chief Noeller, having a temper that is not productive in the workplace, and treats different people differently from others and, in many cases, badly,” it said the summary. The report described Noeller’s leadership style as divisive.

KRDO: What is your vision for the further development of the department?

Chef Chris Noeller: There are a couple of things I want to focus on in my first year as a boss. The first is the mental health of our officers. In the past we haven’t really focused on psychological wellbeing with cops, but it has become a bigger issue. We will focus on bringing various resources into the department to increase the resilience of our officers.

KRDO: Is there anything that has been done in the Pueblo Police Department in the past that can be changed now that you are permanent police chief?

Noeller: As always, we are always looking for improvements. I think there are some ways that we can improve through recruiting and retention. During this time of law enforcement, it is very difficult to recruit officials and it is somewhat difficult to keep officials. We have an increased number of retirements. We have a side transfer program that we will implement at the end of August. Overall, I think it’s extremely important to have a positive relationship with the people in our community.

KRDO: In April there was a report from an outside agency that listed things like discrimination, intimidation and bullying as characteristics of your leadership style. What do you have to say to the officials who made these complaints?

Noeller: My goal is to work with every official in this organization, whether or not they have made a complaint about me. I want to have a positive interaction with them, but I can only control my half of that interaction. There is a level of accountability within a police organization that our community expects and that will not change. I am open to talking to anyone and want to have a positive relationship with every employee within the organization. I won’t always make everyone happy, but I want to have that positive relationship.

KRDO: You have 25 years of experience in the police force and during those years you have built relationships with other officers in the Pueblo Police Department. Do you think you can discipline officials when they make mistakes?

Noeller: I think I have a reputation for being fair. The standard is the standard. If you don’t meet the standard, there are consequences. I hold everyone to the same level of accountability.

KRDO: Do you feel that you have the full confidence of every employee within the department?

Noeller: As much as any leader ever does. I currently manage over 260 employees. I am sure that at all times some of them have positive attitudes towards me and some do not. My goal as a manager is to take responsibility for my role as a manager and to admit when I make mistakes. The goal is to learn from those mistakes and become a better leader.

KRDO: What do you think of when you hear the word leadership?

Noeller: Leadership is the right decision at the right time. It’s not about making everyone happy. It’s about doing the right thing and encouraging others to do the right thing. It’s about mentoring people so that they can become better leaders themselves. I have four values ​​that I believe in and they are: service, integrity, character and excellence. What I can do every morning when I wake up is look in the mirror and know that I’ve lived up to these four values ​​for most of my career. Nobody is perfect, but I want our officers and civilian personnel to live up to these four values.

Reciprocal management model yields enterprise outcomes

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question: How can I use my years of small business ownership and management experience to become a better leader?

Reply: First a leader chooses, trains, equips and influences one or more People with different skills, interests and abilities. Leaders focus on the mission and goals of the organization and influence those who lead them so that they will spend money willingly and enthusiastically their energies in a concerted effort to achieve these goals and objectives. (Winston & Patterson, 2006).

The definition of leadership was confusing, but at the coree It is the relationship between the leader and the followerse when addressing and fulfilling the mission of an organization. It’s a process, not a person. (Van Wart, 2013). Leadership is a two-way relationship between them those who choose to lead and those who choose to follow. It’s not something you do with people, but with people.

Four types of leadership: According to Mercer, Sirota, Global Normative Database, there are basically four types of leadership – partnership or mutual (82%), paternalistic (70%), transactional (54%) and adversarial (29%).

Other types of leadership are: Transformational, where leaders inspire employees by creating an environment of intellectual stimulation. Servant, where a leader demonstrates through power sharing and encourages collective decision-making. Autocratic, in which a manager prefers considerable control over employees and rarely takes employee suggestions into account. Charismatic, in which a manager relies heavily on their charm and personality. There are many other types of leaders out there, but these are the styles that are prevalent in small businesses.

According to Emily Lyon, Mutual Leadership emphasizes shared goals and motivations for both leaders and followers. It focuses on the relational nature of the interaction. For some, it means sharing power by being an inclusive activity. When organizations grow on networks of people with common goals, it brings those people together to develop a vision for planning long-term change. This works especially well in workplaces where the organization is adopting innovative practices and approaches to solving age-old problems.

Dr. Ivy Bonk, an educational psychologist, shares some principles of mutual guidance that can make existing organizations more resilient and able to address problems during difficult times. When the mutual guidance is applied it is outward and directed towards others, which is exactly what buyers want. It requires authenticity and transparency. It breaks down the silo approach of organizations and turns them into concentric circles. This leadership style helps everyone to see the workplace in a different situation. Mutuality is reinforcing by exploiting common goals and purposes. Some of the ways a leader can adopt styles associated with partnership / reciprocal leadership are:

Take care of those who report back to you. In general, employees want to give back to the organization what the manager gives them. Are the decisions based on myths in order to be able to look better in the short term? Does the manager speak of loyalty, but dismiss employees at the first sign of financial setback? If so, the team’s reciprocity is negative, not positive. When mutual leaders think long-term, loyalty is returned and employee engagement is shown. In challenging times like today, trust in business leaders is strained, but when leaders show they care about their employees, it is often returned to survive.

Dialogue is two-way. How much to talk about with your team? The new generation (Gen X, the cohort after the baby boomers) of employees was bred for information, so a high flow of information from and to the executives is expected. When leaders apply the rules of reciprocity, they will get a dialogue when they give it. When the needs, wishes and wishes communicated by the team are met by their managers through a dialogue, they feel involved in the life of the organization. We all know the basis of effective communication is open and transparent. Keeping employees up to date with critical information that affects them personally and professionally creates the loyalty that is required in times like today. “Mutuality includes fair exchange”. (Chuck Shelton) The exchange may not be of equal value, but the act in and of itself strengthens the team as a whole. Two way communication creates trust, which is important for sustainability.

Act as a team. We know that the basis of mutual leadership is teamwork. The willingness to take care of one another is the basis for winning on the economic playing field. Solving workplace problems in a team makes it possible to overcome weaknesses in the competitiveness of the organization and to ensure sustainability. Positive reciprocity is important for team building that has a common goal. When everyone on a team pulls together to achieve both short and long-term goals, they find that the strength of the group is stronger than the capabilities of each individual.

Diversity and inclusion. Diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace are receiving increasing attention today. Chuck Shelton says “Diversity focuses on the specificity of individual identity, while inclusion addresses our human need for belonging.” one gives with the expectation of taking.

Contributed by Marc L. Goldberg, certified mentor. Sources: “Reciprocal Mentoring Lab”, – Chuck Shelton, Reciprocal Leadership Theories; Emily Lyon, Mercer / Sirota, Global Normative Database; – Russell J. White, Dr. Ivy Bonk, Imaginal Education Group, 12 Principles of Mutual Leadership. For free and confidential mentoring in management and leadership, contact SCORE Cape Cod & the Islands., Download your FREE – Tips from SCORE eBook, Volume II,

Main Care Workforce Burnout Goes Past EHR Use to Management Type

By Hannah Nelson

June 23, 2021 – A new health issue study found that burnout was not related to EHR satisfaction or the number of patients treated per clinician. Instead, the researchers found that conducive leadership, which focuses on building relationships, improving communication, ensuring psychological safety, and promoting teamwork, is associated with low burnout rates in the workforce.

Facilitative leadership deviates from traditional hierarchical structures and enables practices to promote new leadership skills in all practice members, explained the study authors.

The results are based on a survey of 715 small to medium-sized general practitioners’ practices.

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“Respondents who felt a greater sense of support and workplace control were able to offset known stressors – including high patient numbers – and had lower overall burnout rates,” said Samuel T. Edwards, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine and the study’s lead author said in a Press release.

While the survey gathered responses from small to medium-sized primary care facilities, the study authors argued that primary care practices of all sizes could help alleviate clinical stress through supportive guidance.

“Larger practices and health systems can promote leadership and agency by delegating decision-making to the lowest possible level of their organizations, and practices of all configurations could benefit from interprofessional leadership development,” the authors write.

Personal interventions such as counseling or time off from work can help a person suffering from burnout, explained Edwards. However, to impact the general well-being of an entire practice or care team, leaders should consider an organization-wide approach that leverages conducive leadership.

“Creating supportive environments and more local control to balance staff and patient needs could provide better ways to provide the best care to everyone,” suggested Edwards, who is also a personal physician with the Veterans Affairs Portland Health Care System is working.

Most “zero burnout” practices also used quality improvement strategies more frequently than institutions with higher rates of Burnout among the workforce.

“Burnout improvement efforts should consider focusing on whole practices and the systems in which they are embedded,” noted the authors.

In addition, the study found several structural features that affect clinicians’ burnout rates. Solo practices had the lowest burnout rates. In addition, clinicians owned and practices that did not participate in external transformation initiatives such as B. responsible care organizations, a lower burnout status. This suggests that the ability to act can be linked to organizational and professional well-being.

“Smaller practical agreements with fewer employees can lead to better communication, stronger practical relationships and more ability to act, which together could contribute to less burnout,” stated the study authors.

“Although there has been a trend towards consolidation, smaller independent practices remain an important part of primary care in the US, with small practice models such as direct primary care emerging,” the report’s authors write.

To support small physician-owned practices at a time of industry consolidation, the authors called for funding for primary care practice expansion networks that provide external technical support to the practice.

Although this study did not identify the ease of use of the EHR as a major challenge for primary care practices, the practice might adapt to it EHR usage.

According to a recent one study, many primary care practices have EHR usability barriers.

April Savoy, PhD, Human Factors Engineer, research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute and lead author of this second study, noted that it can be easier for consumers to find a pair of shoes in the size, color, and style they want online than it does PCPs to order specialist advice or a drug refill. Sorting through multiple systems and tabs to access clinical information can result in larger ones Hospital load.

“Current EHRs clutter GPs with information in disparate files and folders rather than presenting rich, actionable data in a meaningful context,” said Savoy.

‘Strain from management’: Slater docs declare cash influenced previous medical choices

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Top Doctors at Eleanor Slater Hospital claim previous administrations have pressured doctors to ensure the state facility had more medical patients than psychiatric patients to question the facility for millions of dollars in federal funding to deliver.

The new revelation came to light during a Senate Oversight Committee hearing Monday when lawmakers satiated hospital managers with questions related to Eleanor Slater’s many ongoing problems. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Daly testified that over the past few months he has realized how money has affected the way some patients have been diagnosed, admitted, and treated in the hospital in the past.

“That was pressure from the leadership,” Daly told lawmakers. “When I got here, I was a little stunned by the patients who were here and that there was no effort to get them discharged. Since I came from other hospitals, that was pretty shocking. ”

At the heart of the problem is an obscure federal regulation known as Mental Illness Institutions, or IMD, that was launched in the 1960s to keep psychiatric patients out of government facilities.

Fast forward half a century and the rule has been nuanced, its effectiveness being hotly contested in the public and private health sectors. But in simple terms, Eleanor Slater cannot have more psychiatric patients than medical patients if she continues to be eligible for government reimbursement through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Tens of millions of dollars in government support are at stake, giving state officials a clear financial incentive to accurately manage patient counts so that psychiatric patients never exceed medical patients.

The head of the medical service, Dr. Andrew Stone, who works closely with Daly, put the historical thinking about Eleanor Slater patients more bluntly: “Medical patients are equally valuable; The mentally ill are not valuable. “

Daly said the potential for a loss of federal funding in the past was clearly in the minds of hospital management, claiming his team found evidence that previous protocols were tampered with to promote medical admissions and prevent medical discharges. Daly even claimed that in some cases, patients’ diagnoses were changed – all to make sure federal funding didn’t stop.

“We found a lot of information that there have been efforts in the past to make sure the odds were always in favor of medicine, but only just barely,” he said. “All we saw was keeping the IMD mix in a good place.”

In a specific example, Daly said that Eleanor Slater moved about 20 psychiatric patients to Notre-Dame de Fatima Hospital in 2016 after the latter set up a long-term behavioral clinic. The reason? “Because the IMD mix was in trouble,” he said.

“Everyone knows that we moved patients there in 2016,” said Daly. “I think I have emails that the IMD mix was wrong or in danger.”

The blatant description of how patients were treated for financial reasons aroused surprise and disbelief among some legislators. The chairman of the oversight committee, Louis DiPalma, D-Middletown, described Daly’s testimony as “worrying”.

State Senator Jessica de la Cruz, R-North Smithfield, described the claims as “quite shocking” before challenging doctors on some of the underlying details.

“Essentially, your allegation about these patients being held is, I’m not saying against their will – but almost there,” she said. “That sounds shameful to me.”

State Sen. Jonathan Acosta, D-Central Falls, said it was hard to deny that the IMD requirements created a financial incentive regardless of whether people acted on them. He also said there was widespread agreement within the General Assembly on the desire for “accountability” in the state institution, which has been under intense public scrutiny in recent months.

“People want a couple of heads to roll,” he said.

Billing remains one of the many problems that currently plague Eleanor Slater, with the IMD mix that got out of hand over the past 18 months has been a major problem. In 2019, Rhode Island suspended CMS billing after concerns were raised that the hospital incorrectly had more medical patients than psychiatric patients.

Billing has yet to proceed, and the ruling has since cost the state more than $ 100 million in general revenue to pay for hospital expenses, once covered by CMS.

Hospital managers – including Daly and Stone – released a new report last month showing that 79% of the hospital’s patients are now considered psychiatric patients, a sharp increase from December when the mix was around 50:50.

While the new report further complicates the question of whether the state is eligible for federal funding, Daly said it reflects much more accurately the actual diagnoses of patients in the hospital. The analysis is now under external control.

The RI State Medicaid Office and the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services hired a team from Butler Hospital to conduct an independent review of how many beds are occupied by patients with mental illness as the primary diagnosis. The results of this review are expected to be available by the end of July.

When asked by Acosta whether the hospital would be financially viable without federal support, Daly stressed that the General Assembly and Governor Dan McKee could always fund a state hospital entirely from state funds. However, he found that Eleanor Slater’s surgery currently costs more than $ 500,000 per patient per year.

“When the money goes away it’s difficult to know how to go on,” said Daly. “It’s an expensive offer.”

Eli Sherman ( is a Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12. Connect with him on twitter and on Facebook