Director of operations network/COO Network - 16 November 2017

Date 16 November 2017

Time 10:30

Venue 15 Hatfields, Chadwick Court, London SE1 8DJ

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This is one of 13 professional networks that meet regularly (three times a year) to provide members with opportunities to:

Who is it for?

Anyone with responsibility for corporate operations of the trust, for example: director of operations/performance/strategic development/transformation/service delivery, deputy chief executive and chief operating officer.

Interim/acting/assistant/deputy directors are also welcome to attend.

How do I book?

Please note that this event is for NHS Providers members only.

Attendance at the meetings is free for all members but you are asked to book in advance.

Members of the network will be emailed as soon as bookings have opened, usually 6 weeks beforehand.

If you have any questions, please contact our events administrator,





 9.30 – 10.15am

Newton Europe

Speaker – TBC  



10.00 – 10.30am


10.30 – 10.40am                                                                                                               

  1. Welcome from the chair

Chair: Kate Slemeck, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


 10.40 – 11.50pm  

  1. Implementing a group model - insights and learning

            This session will focus on insights from a group model structure and will provide an opportunity to hear from the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of one of the trusts who have been chosen to set up and lead a group of trusts, which share services and resources in order to improve the experience of their staff and patients. The session will also identify the emerging role of the COO in the context of a group model.

Sir David Sloman, Chief Executive and Kate Slemeck, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Free London NHS FT


11.50 – 12.40pm

  1. Winter planning and resilience

Winter planning and resilience have been under the spotlight this Autumn  and this winter is shaping up to be one of the most challenging on record. Members will have an opportunity to hear from the Clinical Lead for the Accident & Emergency Improvement Plan at NHS England on winter planning process and resilience from a national perspective and it will provide an opportunity for you to engage with your colleagues about the key challenges you are facing over the winter period.         

Dr Clifford Mann, National Clinical Advisor (A&E), NHS England              


12.40 – 1.30pm



1.30 – 2.20pm

  1. Local authority engagement in the context of STPs

This session will focus on building working relationships with local authorities in the context of STPs. Members will have an opportunity to hear from the LGA on the challenges and opportunities for local authorities and NHS organisations working effectively together and how this has, and will, affect local authority/NHS planning and commissioning. Members will also be able to hear how local authorities’ financial and operational context influences the integration work that is ongoing between NHS organisations and local government and what NHS trusts will need to bear in mind as these relationships develop as well as how the two sectors can work together to form successful partnerships.

Simon Williams, Director of Adult Social Care, Local Government Association


2.20 – 3.30pm

  1. NHS Providers strategic policy update

An update on current strategic and policy issues affecting NHS providers.

Phillippa Hentsch, head of analysis, NHS Providers




  1. Wrap up and close

The next meeting will take place on 20 March 2018, venue tbc.


Today’s meeting will close at 3.30pm.

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