Governor Focus 2018

24 May – Congress Centre, 26 Great Russell Street, London

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Bookings open Governor focus conference 2018

Our fourth national Governor focus conference takes place on 24 May in central London. The one day event – free for NHS governors – will bring together over 200 governors from across the sector to explore how they can be best equipped to support trusts in delivering quality healthcare.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the conference will allow governors to reflect on the NHS past, present and future, increase their understanding of the key national issues currently facing the health service and debate the role of the governor in a changing NHS landscape, as well as network and learn from their peers.  

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Registration, refreshments, and showcase

Morning sessions


Welcome and introduction


Gill Morgan will welcome delegates and open the conference.

Session 1: Setting the scene – national policy update


Chris will provide an overview of the key issues or the NHs provider sector with a particular emphasis on those areas of greatest concern to councils of governors.


Refreshments, networking, and showcase

Afternoon sessions


Session 2: Integration and collaboration: how can governors best contribute to system wide plans?


Suzy Brain England will examine how councils of governors are working together to champion public and influence change in South Yorkshire.

Roundtable discussion


Delegates will be invited to discuss the topic presented between themselves and feedback to organisers. 



Lunch, showcase and networking

Second afternoon sessions


Roundtable feedback


Gill Morgan will comment on the feedback collected from the roundtable discussion. 

Session 3: Governor elections - achieving the best


Governors, for the most part, derive legitimacy from being elected into office and the fact that contested elections take place and the level of turnout has a bearing on the strength of their mandate. Two trusts will provide insights and pointers into improving the number of candidates standing and turnout in council of governor elections.


Session 4: NHS at 70 - 'Back to the Future!'


The NHS is now in its 70th year, having been first established on 5 July 1948. From his unique position as a doctor, a governor and as an NHS historian, Geoffrey will give us an overview of NHS highlights through those seven decades of existence. He will highlight the key developments and community involvement that has led the NHS into the 21st century and its current form. Siva will take us a step further into the future. He will look at recent developments and how these may impact on our future healthcare system.

The aim of this joint session is to stimulate debate and help you as governors to think about how far healthcare has come in 70 years, how you might help your trusts to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and how you might engage your members better in the debate, forward-looking perspective covering future challenges and giving insights into where the NHS is heading.

Closing remarks


Closing remarks


Gill Morgan gives her closing remarks. 


Conference closes


Our conference is free for governors to attend but spaces are limited and at this time we can guarantee one governor per trust. Please book by 6 April to secure your place. Any additional governor places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and we will let you know if your reserve has a confirmed delegate place. 

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Terms and Conditions

  • Every trust is entitled to one guaranteed delegate place, and one reserve delegate place, to be appointed by the booker.
  • Registrations will close on 29 March 2018. We will let you know if you have a confirmed delegate place by 6 April.
  • 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.


For more information please contact the Governor Support team.