Tim Spring on his first 30 days at Attain

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

Before joining Attain, and following an early career in exercise rehabilitation and leisure management, I worked within the NHS for 7 years. During this time, I held both clinical and non-clinical roles across acute, community and Public Health providers in the South West, and my work focused on transforming and improving healthcare services. I have delivered change in various contexts including working closely with clinical teams to redesign clinics to improve patient flow, through to managing large-scale digital change programmes that introduced Electronic Patient Records and redesigned care pathways. Alongside this work, I completed a MSc in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation through Plymouth Medical School, with a focus on Health Care Systems Engineering and improvement science approaches.

How have your first 30 days been at Attain?

My first 30 days at Attain have been enjoyable and interesting; from a complete induction schedule that included time to ‘get my feet under the table’ whilst meeting a large cross-section of the team (despite doing so remotely), to offering short-term support to a project in Wales. I’m now looking forward to working on a programme delivering Community Diagnostic Hubs that will increase diagnostic capacity across an Integrated Care System.

What attracted you to Attain?

Whilst coming to the end of a digital transformation programme for an NHS provider organisation, I started to investigate other organisations focused on delivering healthcare improvement. I hoped to find a role that would allow me to further develop my experience in different healthcare contexts whilst continuing to deliver change. I became particularly interested in Attain following a fortuitous meeting which allowed me to find out about the organisation’s aims and delivery-focus, which rhymed with my own. Attain’s public sector values and professional way of working shone through during early interactions with the team and so I decided to apply.

What’s the best thing about being employed with Attain?

I’ve been really impressed with the conscientious, courteous and capable nature of the team. Everyone takes time to help and support, despite busy schedules of their own, and Attain’s values really are enacted. In addition, the wealth of knowledge that I can now tap into is amazing; it’s almost like I’ve been plugged directly into the Google of healthcare improvement!

What do you hope the future brings for you with Attain?

I hope to be able to continue to deliver real change and improvement that benefits patients, staff and organisations across the NHS, and in doing so I hope I can continue to develop whilst contributing to Attain’s growth and impact.