Governance Conference 2018

18 July – Central Hall, Westminster

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Why attend Governance conference?

The NHS Providers' Governance Conference is a unique experience - it's your chance to hear from high profile speakers and meet with members in the sector who are committed to improving governance and board performance.

Our event, taking place on 18 July in London, is the only kind in the sector, giving you a variety and depth of guidance on the topics that matter to you - information you won't find anywhere else.

Join over 250 of your peers to get the latest policy updates, practical tips and techniques you need to ensure you have effective and efficient governance arrangements within your organisation. 

Meeting the challenges of collaborative working

Governance Conference 2018 is all about working in new partnerships. Collaborative working is likely to generate new risks to service delivery that are potentially hard to identify and present a challenge for many directors and boards to manage effectively. This year's event will examine these challenges, seeking to clarify the responsibilities and liabilities of directors and boards and look at ways in which the oversight of risk can be strengthened.

"a great opportunity to refresh your thinking, learn from others and network with peers" previous delegate

Book your place

Bookings are now open for Governance Conference 2018. Complimentary places for NHS trusts are available on a first come first served basis. 

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NHS Provider members

Two complimentary places for NHS trusts are available on a first come first served basis. Spaces fill up quickly so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Associate scheme members

Ticket Delegate fee
Full conference place £299 + VAT

Book your place

Find out more about becoming an associate member. For more information email David Morgan or call 020 7227 1164.

Terms and Conditions

  • Two complimentary places are allocated for NHS Trusts on a first come first served basis.
  • For Associate Members a cancellation fee will apply if you cancel 4 weeks prior to the conference. The full delegate fee will apply after this date.
  • There may be a photographer at the event and photographs of delegates may be used on future marketing materials. If you do not want your photograph to be taken or used in this way please notify a member of staff on site.
  • Programme details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary.


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Registration and exhibition viewing


Introduction and Chair's welcome


Welcome from Gill Morgan, Chair of NHS Providers

Gill sets the scene for the conference.


Plenary 1


Key risks in collaborative working and how to deal with them

Saffron will give a strategic perspective on the key risks involved in working across organisations, including within sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems. She will outline enablers for collaborative working and some of the barriers for boards to keep front of mind.


Plenary 2


Collaborative working in practice

Hear about the innovative practical examples of work being done in North Cumbria to improve and deliver sustainable services that match the needs of their local communities.


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Plenary 3


Directors’ duties on collaborative projects

Revisit the legal duties of directors in the context of collaborative working and learn about how directors can meet their obligations to their trust while delivering on different forms of partnership projects.


Sharon Lamb


PANEL session


Panel Q&A

Dame Gill Morgan will chair a panel discussion with the plenary speakers taking questions from the audience. This session is your chance to quiz the speakers on their presentations and on other key governance issues.


Lunch and exhibition viewing


Breakout sessions


Power, influence and leadership

Working in collaboration with other organisations and at a ‘system’ level requires a different approach to leadership. Board members need to bold when it comes to implementing change and building relationships with partners. This session considers fresh perspectives on leadership and examines how to develop an influential leadership style. Discover how to have confidence in your own ideas and effectively influence others.

NEDs working in collaboration

How can we ensure that work in  sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems is subject to the same  rigorous challenge as is commonplace in NHS boardrooms? Given the strategic insights and independent perspective Non executive directors  provide, building in appropriate opportunities for challenging the board is essential.  In this session a panel of NEDs discuss their experiences of doing this and the approaches they have developed with their trusts.



Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout sessions 2


Working effectively across multiple partnership footprints

Trusts in all sectors often work across Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) footprints. This is particularly the case for providers of mental health services, community services, specialist and tertiary care and ambulance trusts which often interact with numerous partners.  This adds complexity to service delivery and provides a challenge in exerting influence.  In this session three trusts discuss how they are meeting the challenges of working across footprints and creating a strategy which creates opportunity for successful collaboration.

Board / Council of governor relationships in times of change

Foundation trust governors have a duty to represent the interests of their members and the public.  In times of change this can be challenging and can change the dynamic of council and board relationships. A panel of chairs discuss how they work with their boards and councils to promote effective relationships.


Turning things around in a challenging system: the provider board’s role

Some partnerships present their member organisations with particular challenges because of factors such as geography, the quality of historical relationships, financial difficulty, outdated infrastructures or partnership dynamics. This session looks at the trust board’s critical role in leading change and guiding organisational transformation. A panel of trusts share their experiences on how to deal with partnership challenges including the attitudes, behaviours and skills you need to confidently deal with them.


Conference close

Networking opportunities

This event provides the platform for the thinking, discussion and debate that lies at the heart of your role. Enjoy networking throughout the conference with other governance professionals to share insight and best practice.

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Our Governance conference takes place on 18 July 2018 at Central Hall, Westminster in London.

Central Hall Westminster
Storey's Gate,

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