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Ten minutes with Dr Ian Reckless, Medical Director, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  1. Ian Reckless1,
  2. Anthony Berendt2
  1. 1 Milton Keynes University Hospital, Milton Keynes, UK
  2. 2 Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anthony Berendt, Oxford, UK; a.berendt{at}ntlworld.com

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Biography

Ian Reckless is Medical Director at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Consultant in Stroke and General Medicine in Milton Keynes and at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He continues to work clinically.

He qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London and undertook specialist training in the Oxford region.

He worked as Special Adviser to the Healthcare Commission in 2004, and as Special Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer in 2005-06. He was appointed Consultant Physician and Senior NIHR Research Fellow at Oxford University Hospitals in 2007. Having been Associate Medical Director (Quality), and Clinical Director, Neurosciences, in Oxford, he became Medical Director at Milton Keynes in April 2016.

He has a particular interest in postgraduate education, was previously a Training Programme Director, and has authored books on general medicine, and the interface between medicine and the law.

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First and foremost, are there any key leadership messages you want to get out to our readership?

For me, there are three key messages based on my personal battle against COVID-19 so far:

  1. Pace. The adage ‘this is a marathon not a sprint’ is becoming worn. However, it is key to establishing effective communication within an organisation, and to maintaining collaborative working between colleagues.

  2. Breadth. It is vital to remain mindful of the concerns and anxieties of all groups of staff (expressed or unsaid)—rather than to lose hearts and minds by focusing too quickly and closely on specific and narrow issues (for example, the provision of critical care).

  3. Team. To the extent that infectious diseases affect everyone, and are said to be a great levellers, COVID-19 is no different. The Professor …

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