Taggad: Stefan Jutterdal

Dags att gå vidare

Om knappt fyra månader,  den 14-15 november beslutar Fysioterapeuternas kongress om inriktningen för förbundets politik 2021-2024. Då väljs också en ny förbundsstyrelse och förbundsordförande. Jag har nu meddelat valberedningen att jag inte står till förfogande inför nästa mandatperiod, utan kommer att avsluta mitt uppdrag som förbundsordförande 31 december i år.

Att få möjligheten att få företräda sin profession, att bli vald och också omvald är fantastiskt och mycket hedrande. Ett roligare och mer stimulerande uppdrag har jag svårt att tänka mig. Jag valdes i november 2012 till förbundsordförande och omvaldes 2016. Sammanlagt har jag alltså haft förmånen att under snart 8 år få leda professions- och fackförbundet för Sveriges fysioterapeuter och sjukgymnaster, och detta i en tid när de frågor som Fysioterapeuterna arbetar med har blivit allt viktigare. De frågor som är förbundets hjärtefrågor, om ett hälsosamt liv i rörelse för alla, tillhör idag samhällets viktigaste frågor och Fysioterapeuterna är som förbund nu en aktiv och efterfrågad part i samhälls- och hälso- och sjukvårdsdebatten. Det har varit fantastiskt att få vara coach och ansvarig ledare i detta lagarbete.

Hur har jag då kommit till beslutet att avsluta mitt uppdrag? Att ha ett förtroendeuppdrag som förbundsordförande är mer än att ha ett jobb. Det här handlar om att i princip dygnet runt leva sitt uppdrag, att ständigt vara beredd att kommentera offentligt, att ständigt vara till hands och tjäna förbundet, och självklart tar det på krafterna. Jag har i flera tidigare utmanande uppdrag som jag har haft konstaterat att en ledare har som mest att ge under ca 6-8 år. Då har det mesta av den kompetens och energi man har som ledare kommit organisationen till del. Jag har inte alltid lyckats hålla mig till den tidsramen om 6-8 år, men i detta fallet sammanfaller det med mandatperioden och jag är nu övertygad om att det är rätt läge för en ny förbundsordförande och en ny förbundsstyrelse, som kommer att ta vid och på ett bra sätt fortsätta att utveckla förbundets verksamhet.

För egen del har självklart också det hjärtstopp som jag drabbades av hösten 2017 påverkat mitt beslut. Att bli räddad tillbaks till livet och att få den stora förmånen att få fortsätta leva med och träffa nära och kära är ju helt fantastiskt. En av mina målsättningar direkt efter hjärtstoppet var att också så snabbt som möjligt komma tillbaka och slutföra mitt uppdrag som förbundsordförande, vilket jag också har kunnat göra. Därför känns det nu helt rätt att vid årets slut avsluta uppdraget och gå vidare. Därefter är det dags för nya krafter att ta vid och fortsätta Fysioterapeuternas arbete för att alla ska kunna leva ett hälsosamt liv i rörelse.

För egen del ska jag nu i lugn och ro ta och fundera på vad jag ska ägna mig åt i framtiden. Jag har kvar ett uppdrag som styrelseledamot i Saco som sträcker sig till november 2021. Jag funderar utöver det på hur jag på bästa sätt kan använda min långa erfarenhet som ledare för att förbättra och utveckla hälso- och sjukvården på systemnivå. Linjechefsjobbens tid är för min del sedan lång tid förbi, men lusten att förbättra och att arbeta för hållbar hälsa är obruten. Dags att gå vidare alltså, jag hoppas på något sätt kunna få nytta av min erfarenhet som ledare och coach.

Men fram till 31 december så är jag fortfarande förbundsordförande för Fysioterapeuterna. Fram till dess kommer jag att ha fokus på att med full kraft fortsätta leda förbundets verksamhet.

Dear colleagues and friends,
I would like to inform you about what’s going on. In just under four months, on November 14-15, the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists’ Congress will decide on the direction of the association’s policy 2021-2024.  Then a new Board and the President of the Association are also elected.
I have today told the Nomination Committee that I am not available for the next term, but will end my assignment as President of the Association on December 31 this year.
To have the opportunity to be represented in sin, to be elected and also re-elected is fantastic and very honorable.  I have a hard time imagining a more fun and more stimulating assignment.  In November 2012, I was elected president of the federation and was re-elected in 2016. In total, I have had the privilege of leading the professions and trade union for Swedish physiotherapists for almost 8 years, and this is a time when issues that the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists work with have become all the more important.  The issues that are the heart issues of the union, about a healthy life in motion for everyone, are today’s most important issues in society and the Physiotherapists as an association are now an active and sought-after part of the social and health debate.  It has been fantastic to be the coach and responsible leader in this teamwork.
How, then, have I come to the decision to terminate my assignment?  Having a trust assignment as a union President is more than having a job.  This means that I live around my mission in principle around the clock, to be constantly prepared to comment in public, to be constantly on hand and serve the union, and of course it takes on the powers.  In several previous challenging assignments, I have found that a leader has the most to give for about 6-8 years.  Then most of the skills and energy you have as a leader have benefited organizations.  I have not always managed to stick to the time frames of 6-8 years, men in this case coincide with terms of office and I am now convinced that it is the right position for a new covenant President and a new covenant board, which will take on and on  a good way to continue to develop the association’s business.
For my part, of course, the cardiac arrest that I suffered in the fall of 2017 also affected my decision.  To be saved back to life and to receive the great benefit of being able to continue living with and meeting loved ones is absolutely fantastic.  One of my goals immediately after the cardiac arrest was to come back and complete my assignment as a chairman of the union as quickly as available, how I have also been able to do.  Therefore, it now feels quite right to end the assignment and move on at the end of the year.  Then it is time for new forces to take on and continue the work of the Physiotherapists so that everyone can live a healthy life on the move.
I am so happy and grateful for the good cooperation I have had with WCPT, ERWCPT and also for our good Nordic cooperation.  I will carry it with me in the future.
 But until December 31, I am still the President of the Swedish Association of Physiotherapists.  Until then, I will focus on continuing to lead the association’s activities in full force.
Best regards
/Stefan

 

There is a need for a new leadership in healthcare

Before the Symposium on Leadership that I will participate in at WCPT Congress next week, I publish here the English version of the article of debate that I wrote together with Cecilia Winberg, Vice President. It was published in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Medicin on April 4. You can follow the Leadership Symposium on the web on livestream May 11th 4 pm CEST.

”The Swedish healthcare system needs to overcome the challenge of a future population increase, which includes a growing ratio of children and the elderly. All this together with the increase of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). There is a need of change in leadership – at all levels. Healthcare is the occupational sector with the highest level of sick leave and we cannot continue to do as we always have done if we want to see improvement.  Therefore, a new leadership is needed that demands, follows up and creates conditions for new working methods, but also a new health-promoting leadership.

Sweden has signed the UN’s global goals and Agenda 2030, where goal number three stipulates to ensure healthy living and promote well-being for everyone, which is absolutely a beautiful sentence in its right, but to realize this we need to make the change.  An increasing proportion of employees in the health care sector feel that they are unable to see and meet the patients and their family’s needsethical stress is a well-known concept. Competition for personnel is increasing due to lack of health care employees and a considerable innovative approach will be required to be an attractive employer.

Last year, the Swedish Agency for Health and Care Analysis presented the report From recipients to co-creators, a knowledge base for a more person-centred healthcare. The report describes the need for a more person-centred approach, not only in meetings with patients and their families, but throughout the hole organization.  The organizational culture within healthcare is characterized by a hierarchical approach and has been for decades.

We believe that we must create a culture in which employees work for patients and their families, not for the management.  This can only be reality when politicians, stake holders and senior management as well as the business-related management themselves have the person-centred working method, demand, follow up and use this as conditions for their leadership.

The culture and leadership that characterize the healthcare organisations also permeates in meeting with patients and their families. One cannot give to others what one does not have, therefore leaders should ask the question to their employees: ”What matters to you?”.  In the broader perspective, this is about creating the conditions for sustainable health and working life.  For this to become a reality, four changes are needed in leadership.

1. Clearer person-centred and sustainable managementOrganizations must be organized on basis of the people you are there for and not on basis of a certain profession.  If we want to see results, we must encourage, ask for and follow up results.  This applies to both clinical treatment results and to sustainable health for employees.  Otherwise, we can’t expect any improvement.  The leaders need to take precedence in the sustainability work and live by its own device, otherwise no one else follows.

2. Use the possibilities of digitalization. Through digitalization people can be given the opportunity for treatments and information through completely new tools and applications. The health care must take on the challenge and be a part of the development in the way that the patients demand.  Organisations must have well equipped digital systems and software, which are user friendly to both personnel and patients.

3. Focus on competence supply in organisations. Employees ability to develop competence is a matter and guarantee for patient safety. Today many health care organisations are failing in their responsibility to secure competence. In Sweden this responsibility is given to the first line manager, but in a stressful everyday life it is not easy for competence development to be prioritized.  In 2019, according to a political four-party agreement, the new government will introduce a national coordination with assignment to long-term planning of personnel and competence supply in healthcare.  

4. Together. In a person-centred healthcare, all patients are entitled to the right competence. It is necessary to cooperate between employees within different professions and employers.  

Barriers to collaboration must be removed, between both systems and in the remuneration systems that regulate large parts of the private healthcare system.  

It can never be the patient’s responsibility to coordinate what healthcare to get from different professions. The caregiver is a guest in the patient’s life, not the other way around.

For several years, we have been talking about the importance of the participation of patients and their families.  Now there is a need to move from words into action. Managers and leaders must take their responsibility and always work towards a person-centred health care, for the benefit of patients and their families”.