So the BBC weather man tells me as I am typing this, So much for global warming. Don’t get me wrong I know this is an important environmental issues but it is on days like this, when I have my central heating blasting out on 29th May that my cynical side emerges. The good thing about the wash out of a bank holiday has been that I have made enormous progress on the dissertation and for the first time I actually believe it will be done by Friday. I now have a few changes to make to my data analysis section, then have the limitations and conclusions to write up and that will pretty much be it. I have so far written more than 17,000 words and that in itself seems like something of an achievement and having read it all today even if I say so myself it isn’t too bad at all.
The end of all this couldn’t come sooner, as my job is starting to get busy and I really need to be able to concentrate on it. Isn’t it just typical that just when I start a job where commissioning maternity services is part of my role, then hey presto it rises to the top of the health care agenda. This means that it is an exciting time, because I hope it means that a service that has been terribly neglected for a long time will at last receive more investment. But only if we work closely with our providers to make sure that is what happens. The birth rate in our local area is increasing, but we are working against non clinical managers who think that demand could be better managed! That is why, and I know it is controversial, there should be ex clinicians working in managerial roles in health care.
With just my reflective practice module to complete (once the dissertation is put to bed) I have just about 6 weeks to go before my holiday and I have to be honest and admit I am feeling a bit on the weary side. But when you consider the job uncertainties that occurred at the beginning of the new year, the new job I started in March and now finishing off my MSc I am not surprised. A pleasant offer at the weekend, my in laws want to treat us to a cruise later in the year, so things just get better!