Why attend Governor Focus conference?
Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free-to-attend event for NHS governors, giving them the chance to network and learn from their peers. Once a year over 200 governors from across the health sector come together to explore how they can be best equipped to support trusts in delivering quality healthcare.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the NHS, this year's conference conference allowed 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.
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Next year's Governor Focus conference will take place on 9 May 2019 in London. Save the date in your diary and follow @NHSProviders to be the first to hear when bookings are open.
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What our delegates said
"Well worthwhile: very encouraging to meet other governor groups with similar issues and some good solutions"
"A good opportunity to learn from colleagues about how things work in different settings"
Registration, refreshments, and showcase
Welcome and introduction
Gill Morgan welcomes delegates and opens the conference.
Session 1: Setting the scene – a 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
Session 2: Integration and collaboration: how can governors best contribute to system wide plans?
As elected representatives, governors have a legitimate interest in system wide plans within their geographical patch. Miriam Deakin will provide an overview of the public engagement in system wide plans, while Suzy Brain England will outline how they are engaging governors in the development of system wide plans in her STP area.
Delegates will be invited to discuss the topic above and feedback their views to the panel.
Lunch, showcase and networking
Second afternoon sessions
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.
Governor showcase 2018
These trusts exhibited their examples of best practice and how their governors are making an impact in their trusts. You can see this year's exhibitors and download their exhibition posters here. The trusts that took part in the Governor showcase 2018 were:
- Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
- Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Gill is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Suzy Brain England
Director of Policy and Strategy
Miriam is currently leading our programme of work on sustainability and transformation partnerships and accountable care to inform our influencing activities on trusts’ behalf and ensure we are offering the support that trusts and their partners need to deliver new, collaborative arrangements.
Miriam started her career as a graduate trainee in local government, working in social care and for the Local Government Association before joining NHS Providers.
Chris leads the organisation, with a particular emphasis on setting strategy, senior stakeholder management, acting as the principal public voice of the organisation and representing the provider sector on a range of NHS system level committees.
Head of Development and Engagement
She and her team run a full network meeting programme for NHS board members, lead our major conference and events programme, our programmes for NHS trusts working towards NHS trust status, our national training programme for foundation trust governors, and a range of other topical programmes and opportunities.
Membership services manager
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