End of an era

Before I set up Soft Octopus Design Studio I worked for an NHS Trust in Liverpool managing a very creative design studio where we developed a lot of groundbreaking public health materials. I could see the writing on the wall as toxic overbearing politics seeped into the system, eventually engulfing the whole of the NHS with the new coalition government. I was lucky to escape when I did – sanity bruised but relatively intact and ready for new and more rewarding challenges.

On the 31 March 2013, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) will no longer exist, and it makes me feel quite sad.  I was really happy working at Liverpool PCT with a lot of very committed and professional people.

Recently I was honoured to be asked to design the very last resource to come from Liverpool Primary Care Trust, a document all about the pioneering work done in the area of equality. Usually a document has a website and contact details for further information, but not this time. There will be no contact, there will be no website and soon the headquarters will be locked up and closed down as the NHS as a whole faces an unknown and uncertain future.

Today I am attending the launch of this lovely document, hosted by the Chairman of the PCT and will see some of my old colleagues probably for the last time as they accept redundancy, move on elsewhere or retire. It really is the end of an era – it was good and really made a difference where it mattered.

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