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Building High Performance Teams – Managing the Mood Hoovers

On 10th December Interim Partners Healthcare practice hosted their festive ‘get together’ at The Wine Shop in Liverpool Street. Our Healthcare practice has grown again this year, and the evening was a great opportunity for Steve, Annaliese and myself to say a big think you to our interims and to celebrate working together now and in the future. We had a great turnout – 75 people joined us in the celebrations, 38% of whom were new to the Interim Partners community.

The wine was delicious, Melbec being the most popular! For wine connoisseurs out there (and I did meet a few last night!) here is a reminder of the wine that was on offer:

  • Malbec Lagarde 2011, Mendoza Argentina
  • Merlot Thelema, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Chardonnay de Wetshof, Robertson, South Africa
  • Pinot Gris Maude, Central Otago, New Zealand

What was your favourite? Were you as surprised as I was about how nice the Chardonnay was?

The evening was a fantastic networking opportunity and I hope that you all managed to meet new faces, as well as catch up with old colleagues. There were some great conversations and topics of the evening included; market demand drivers for interims, Foundation Trust progress, sharing of best practice, career updates and many funny stories that I perhaps shouldn’t share here!

Feedback on the night indicates to me that you would be interested in regional events and more food. I have taken note! Thank you for all the compliments I received on the evening, it’s good to hear that these events are successful.

Interim Partners are expecting a busy start to next year so please do stay in touch with us about your availability and if we can help you with any new requirements you may have.

Annaliese Rogers leads on commissioning, while Steve and I focus on the provider side. We have a new member of the team starting in January who will focus on Finance appointments. Look out for more details in my future blogs.

I would like to say a big think you to everyone who came and made the evening such a success. It was great to see old favourites and new faces. What a lively bunch our NHS interims are!

I thought I would share with you some of the lovely emails I have received.

“A quick note to thank you Claire and your colleagues for inviting me to the Interim Partners Xmas Bash. The Wine Shop created a great ambience and you spoiled us with excellent food and no shortage of liquidity. It was good to catch up with you and to meet your colleagues and other Interims.”Interim Director of Finance

“Thanks for last night’s reception. It was great fun. Thank you both for organising it and inviting me.”Interim Chief Nurse

“Claire Hi, and thanks so much for the invite to last night’s little soirée - I thoroughly enjoyed myself, caught up with a few old acquaintances, and finally got to meet you too – “she’s the one in the red dress” – as it was put to me. So, thank you – Lady in Red!” Interim Director of Estates  

“Many thanks again, a great event and a very happy Xmas to you all!!” Interim Turnaround Director

Next year, we will be hosting two large events for our NHS interims: a summer party and a Christmas party. Look out for our invites, they are not to be missed!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!


Claire Carter is the Principal of Healthcare at Interim Partners.

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