That is essentially what has happened to me, and I guess is happening to others around me in PCT land. I manage a service, it has been fine to be left to get on with it by those in a senior management position. I am (even if I say so myself) pretty good at my job and I have a wide range of knowledge and an excellent network of colleagues who are equally knowledgeable and efficient. But with the reorganisation comes a realisation that I have now slipped down the hierarchy, so that the consultation paper on the future of the senior management roles essentially excludes me. This means that I am not allowed to apply for the job that I thought I might like to do and means that my new boss will come from a large pool of people whose jobs yesterday became ‘at risk’.
Education is quite a specialist area, and perhaps I have been nieve in thinking that someone who has knowledge and experience of education should be in charge of a county wide service. But does it really matter, after all I came from nursing to this post and have leaned what is involved over the last 5 years. I have to say though at the beginning I was massively out of my depth, I had to learn so much so quickly to I could get the service up and running. Some painful mistakes were made, but that is necessary to the learning process I would suggest. A new manager will have some benefits I didn’t have, for example a team that also knows what they are doing and one that is enthusiastic about development of staff and not afraid of change.
This doesn’t stop me thinking seriously about my future. After all, I want to develop my career not sit and stagnate. I need new challenges not a reduction in my remit. I have been seriously thinking about the other kinds of things I could do, as well or even instead of my NHS job. Perhaps this is the catalyst I need to actually make some contacts and see what I can do about it rather than just thinking. Perhaps I am ready now for something new?