28/08/2014 Leave a comment
Yesterday I was invited by the Public Health England, Network for Public Health Registrars to speak at a seminar they were holding in Cambridge entitled ‘Working in Local Authority and Navigating the Political Environment’. In the session I spoke at I was joined on the platform by Cllr. Dr. Tim Moore who was previously a Public Health professional and now Lib Dem City Councillor for the patch that has Addenbrookes in it, and Cllr. Kilian Bourke, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Councils’ Heath Committee who is also a Liberal Democratic, so no Labour Councillors, but hey never mind!
The event was held at Addenbrookes Hospital and not a stones throw from where I took my mum for the first 6 months of this year as she fought Cancer. I arrived early, as I was that way for another meeting in the morning, and so walked across past where I used to usually park my car and through the halls of the hospital on my way to the food court for lunch. As I did I reflected on two things, bizarrely I recalled an episode of the great American sit com Frazier where they visited hospital and the episode flashed back to all the events in that families lives that had been played out there and it struck me that a sad section of my families’ life was played out in the hotchpotch of buildings that make up this sprawling hospital only a few weeks before, which now seems another time altogether, time does seem to march relentlessly on as each of all our families stories are, in part, played out in such places.
Back to the matter at hand and all three of us spoke for about 15 minutes and then there was a Q & A session. Both Tim as a new Councillor, 3 months in post, and Kilian were really interesting speakers and I did remark at the start of my few words that it was worrying to find myself agreeing with Liberal Democrats and equally, going third, it’s not easy to find something to say when the best words has been said! I did find some words hopefully interesting about the challenges and more importantly if successful the opportunities ahead and I found the Q&A really thought provoking. As is often the case I think I came away challenged in my thinking and learning a great deal about the different prospective Public Health professionals face as they seek to deliver for the communities we serve and how they work effectively in this new political environment they find themselves in.