NED Network - 08 December 2017

Date 08 December 2017

Time 10:30

Venue Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN

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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?

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

All non-executive directors of NHS trusts and foundation trusts.

Interim/acting directors are also welcome to attend.

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8 December 2017, 10.30 – 3.30pm

Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN



10.00 – 10.30am





 10.30 – 10.45am                                                                                                              

  1. Welcome and introduction

Chair: Richard Murley, chairman, University College London Hospitals NHS FT


10.45 – 12.00

  1. Strategic and Policy Update

An update on strategic and policy issues affecting NHS providers.

Chris Hopson, chief executive, NHS Providers


12.00 – 12.40pm       

  1. Roundtable discussion

An opportunity for NEDs to share and discuss current issues with their peers.



 12.40 – 1.30pm



1.30 – 2.30pm

  1. Is your workforce the best it can be? Key questions you should be asking your trust for assurance

Workforce is the most important issue that we are dealing with in trusts right now. As Chris Hopson, NHS Providers CEO, commented in response to the Secretary of State’s recent announcements about the nursing workforce, “Worries over staffing are the number one concern for many NHS trusts”, Ginny Edwards, Sue Ells and Shirley Pointer are working with NHS Providers to develop a set of workforce assurance questions.  The aim is to support great board conversations around workforce opportunity and risk. As a result, trusts should be better able to demonstrate that their workforce is the best it can be. In this session, NEDs will have the opportunity to see the early work, share their views, and to shape the new tool.

Ginny Edwards, Non Executive Director, West Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Shirley Pointer, Non Executive Director, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT


2.30 – 3.20pm

  1. National framework on Learning from Deaths

From April 2017 onwards, all acute, mental health and community Trusts must implement new national policy on reviewing the deaths of patients in their care, estimating ‘avoidable mortality’, identifying opportunities for improving care, and reporting to the Board on this analysis. Trust boards must also appoint a Non-Executive Director to oversee and assure delivery of the learning from deaths agenda. CQC will begin assessing provider performance against the framework from mid-year onwards. This session will be an opportunity to learn more about the new expectations of boards, discuss good practice and share your views how NEDs can be most effectively supported to take on this new responsibility.

                Celia Ingham Clark, Interim National Director of Patient Safety, NHS Improvement

3.20 - 3.30pm

  1. Wrap up and close

 Any other business and dates of next meetings in 2018:

20 April 2018 – London

15 May 2018 – Birmingham

21 November – Leeds

14 December – London

Today’s meeting will close at 3.30pm.


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