From our library of almost 1000 books we have produced short downloadable podcasts that summarise of the most important classic books- Bookpods. These are essential for anyone working in healthcare and enable you to learn while you walk, drive or travel by bus or train

Each week we will add another book to this page and add it to our Podcast Channel ‘Radio Value’.

26 10, 2020

BookPod – Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Tufte


Book: Visual Display of Quantitative Information Author: Edward Tufte Teaser: Anybody who wants to display graphical information should read this book. Anybody who wants to understand how beautiful data can look should read this book. Read this book and do not put up with unintelligible and ugly graphics ever again. Tag: Populations

BookPod – Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Tufte2020-10-26T09:59:52+00:00
5 10, 2020

BookPod – The Structuring of Organizations by Henry Mintzberg


Book: The Structuring of Organizations Author: Henry Mintzberg Teaser: This book is one of the great blockbusters of management. It is a synthesis of the empirical literature currently available on organisational structuring. Importantly, Mintzberg discusses organisations that are staffed by highly trained professionals, like clinicians. So, if you want to understand the evidence of leading and managing the health service, this is one of the best. Tag: Networks

BookPod – The Structuring of Organizations by Henry Mintzberg2020-10-05T08:10:02+00:00
28 09, 2020

BookPod – Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer


Book: Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions Author: Gerd Gigerenzer Teaser: Repeated research studies demonstrate that doctors and patients alike overestimate the likelihood of benefits and underestimate the likelihood of harms. That is because we do not understand risk. Gerd Gigerenzer, is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, and lectures around the world on the importance of proper risk education for everyone from school-age children to prominent doctors, bankers, and politicians. In this book he outlines way in which we can make better decisions in healthcare. Tag: Populations  

BookPod – Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer2020-09-28T13:31:11+00:00
21 09, 2020

BookPod – The Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells


Book: The Rise of the Network Society - The Information Age Author: Manuel Castells Teaser: This book, the first in Castells′ ground–breaking trilogy, is an account of the economic and social dynamics of the new age of information. Based on research in the USA, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, it aims to formulate a systematic theory of the information society which takes account of the fundamental effects of information technology on the contemporary world. Tag: Networks

BookPod – The Rise of the Network Society by Manuel Castells2020-09-21T08:59:40+00:00
14 09, 2020

BookPod – Organisational Culture and Leadership by Edgar Schein


Book: Organisational Culture and Leadership Author: Edgar Schein Teaser: The great management expert Peter Drucker said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Repeated studies have shown the importance of culture on healthcare importance. Yet, almost all healthcare reform focuses on structural and transactional change, forgetting culture. The guru on culture is Edgar Schein. Organizational Culture and Leadership is the classic reference for leaders seeking a deeper understanding of the inter-relationship of organizational culture dynamics and performance. Tag: Networks

BookPod – Organisational Culture and Leadership by Edgar Schein2020-09-14T14:18:40+00:00
2 09, 2020

BookPod – Complex Organizations by Charles Perrow


Book: Complex Organizations Author: Charles Perrow Teaser: We all work in organisations. But do we understand why and how organisations work? This book is a classic text in sociology. It provides a succinct overview of the principal schools of thought of organizational theories, placing each into critical, historical, and cultural context. Vividly written, with many specific, student-oriented examples, Complex Organizations offers a critical perspective on organizations, analyzing their impact on individuals, groups, and society as a whole. Tag: Networks

BookPod – Complex Organizations by Charles Perrow2020-09-02T09:14:25+00:00
21 08, 2020

BookPod – The Knowledge-Creating Company by Nonaka & Takeuchi


Book: The Knowledge-Creating Company: How Japanese Companies Create the Dynamics of Innovation Authors: Ikujiro Nonaka and Hiro Takeuchi Teaser: The 21st Century is the age of networks; this is the only way we can deliver the complexity of population health and care. Bureaucracies are critical for linear tasks, but networks are needed for complexity. In this book two leading Japanese business experts, Ikujiro Nonaka and Hiro Takeuchi, outline how networks can create new knowledge and use it to produce successful products and technologies. They describe the hypertext organisation, that floats alongside the bureaucracy.   Tag: Networks

BookPod – The Knowledge-Creating Company by Nonaka & Takeuchi2020-08-21T10:14:01+00:00
17 08, 2020

BookPod – The Spirit Level by Wilkinson and Pickett


Book: The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone Author: Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Teaser: In this book, Wilkinson and Pickett remind us that it is not poverty but inequality that causes most damage to society. They also outline how more equal societies enjoy greater health and well-being and that this benefits everyone in society- the most and least deprived. In healthcare, we must therefore, address inequity of access, or the Inverse Care Law, as this is a form of inequality that is entirely within our control.   Tag: Populations

BookPod – The Spirit Level by Wilkinson and Pickett2020-08-17T08:53:52+00:00
10 08, 2020

BookPod – Tracking Medicine by Jack Wennberg


Book: Tracking Medicine; a researcher’s quest to understand healthcare  Author: Jack Wennberg Teaser: When we study healthcare at a population, as opposed to institutional, level, a whole new perspective emerges- unwarranted variation. This is variation that is not driven by a failure to standardise, but variation that shows we do not have systems for population healthcare. Understanding the symptom that is unwarranted variation helps inform how we can fix the causes of lower value population healthcare. Tag: Populations

BookPod – Tracking Medicine by Jack Wennberg2020-08-10T08:20:44+00:00
3 08, 2020

BookPod – How Much is Enough? By Enthoven & Smith


Book: How Much is Enough? Author: Alain Enthoven & Wayne Smith Teaser: How much should we spend on people with frailty versus people with mental health problems? Unless we can answer questions like this, we cannot have high value universal healthcare. Alain Enthoven, is mistakenly blamed for suggesting to Margaret Thatcher that the NHS should introduce the purchaser provider split- actually his Nuffield Trust paper advocated the development of accountable care organisations. However, this book is about the work he and colleagues did on creating programme budgets in the Department of Defense (sic) in the US. Originally published in 1971 this is a book of enduring value and lasting relevance. Enthoven details the application, history, and controversies surrounding the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System. [...]

BookPod – How Much is Enough? By Enthoven & Smith2020-08-03T08:41:15+00:00