Governor Focus 2019

9 May – Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Why attend Governor focus conference?

We are now fully booked for this conference, if you wish to be added to the waiting list please email events@nhsproviders.org and a member of the events team will be in contact with you. 

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. A fantastic opportunity to network with governors from across the country and learn from colleagues, hear from sector leaders on issues directly affecting the governor role and explore developments in the sector, your trust has been allocated two free places if you book by 31 March.

The event will include speakers such as Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Yvonne Coghill CBE OBE, director, WRES implementation NHS England and Imelda Redmond CBE, national director, Healthwatch. Our jam-packed, governor-specific programme will look at the sector through the lens of governors, exploring developments in the health and social care sector and examining issues most directly affecting the role of the governor. We'll examine closer working opportunities for the benefits of patients, equality and diversity and introduce the new governor advisory committee.  

 

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"



"Interesting, informative and good networking."



"Speakers were excellent and the topics covered what was needed. It's good to feel governors are valued and have an important role."


"The networking is extremely useful - came away with some good ideas from elsewhere."



"Overall an essential conference."

 

Programme


09.45

Registration, refreshments and showcase

10.15

Morning sessions

Welcome and introduction

10.15

Welcome and introduction from conference and NHS Providers chair, Dame Gill Morgan. 

Session 1: Setting the scene - a national policy update

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

11.30

Refreshments, networking and showcase

12.00

Afternoon sessions

Introduction to the Governors advisory committee

12.00

Governors are represented at NHS Providers through an elected governor advisory committee (GAC) consisting of eight governors and two foundation trust chairs. The committee meets quarterly and meetings are overseen by a chair that has been voted in by the committee. Mark Price a programme manager for Governwell will explain how the work of the governor advisory committee supports NHS Providers, and introduce the GAC members present at the conference including the chair Peter Abell, who will outline his role.

 

Session two: Roundtable discussion

12.15

Governors will be invited to discuss topical issues proposed by the governor advisory committee on their tables.

 

12.45

Lunch, showcase and networking

13.45

Second afternoon sessions

Roundtable feedback

1.45

Gill Morgan will comment on the feedback from the roundtable discussions.

Session three: Healthwatch and the NHS Governor – opportunities for closer working for the benefit of patients

14.00 

Healthwatch England, supported by the many local Healthwatch organisations, is the independent national champion for people who use health and social care services. As the leading public involvement body for the NHS in England, Imelda Redmond will outline the work of Healthwatch which is very relevant to foundation trust governors. This session will explore the opportunities for governors to work more closely on the impact of patients with speaker Imelda Redmond CBE, national director, Healthwatch. 

Plenary four: Equality and Diversity – what governors need to know

14.45

A session from Yvonne Coghill CBE, OBE, director, and Dr Habib Naqvi, policy lead at NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) at NHS England respectively. Awareness and appreciation of equality and diversity is key to the governor role both in the performance of statutory duties and in working with FT boards. Yvonne Coghill will describe the Workforce Race Equality Standard and how governors need to hold boards to account for its implementation.

Closing remarks

15.30

 

15.40

Conference close

Governor showcase

Following the success of last year's exhibition area, our governor showcase is back at this year's conference showcasing the exciting work and best practice of twelve trusts. We are keen to hear from trusts about the work and impact of governors in the NHS and any creative ideas that will promote, inspire and acknowledge their role. Therefore we are happy to announce the following will be present at this year's showcase:

 

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust



Share interesting practice

We are particularly keen to hear what works in terms of councils of governors exercising their statutory duties. Engaging with members and the public is always a hot topic as is developing good relationships with the trust board.

When preparing your submission, you may also want to think about:

  • what is your council of governors most proud of?
  • in what ways are your council of governors making an impact?

Governor showcase 2018 participants 

Eight trusts took part in Governor showcase 2018 to showcase examples of best practice and demonstrate how their governors are making an impact. 
Find out more about their work and download their exhibition posters here.
The trusts that took part 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

Speakers

Dame Gill Morgan
Dame Gill Morgan

Chair

NHS Providers

 
Gill joined NHS Providers as chair at the beginning of 2014. Her career in healthcare began as a doctor working in hospitals, general practice and public health before moving into management. Her previous roles include permanent secretary of the Welsh Assembly government, chief executive of the NHS Confederation and chief executive of North and East Devon Health Authority.

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. While working in healthcare, she served on a large number of national committees and working groups. She has an honorary Doctorate of Science from City University and is a past president of the International Hospital Federation. She is a trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation and is a patron of the Infection Prevention Society.

Gill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2004.
Chris Hopson
Chris Hopson

Chief Executive

NHS Providers

 
Chris joined NHS Providers as chief executive in September 2012 after a career in politics, commercial television and the civil service.

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.
Mark Price
Mark Price

Member Development Manager - GovernWell and Governor Support Programmes

 
Mark is responsible for the programme of support and development for NHS foundation trust councils of governors.

Before joining NHS Providers Mark spent over 30 years as an NHS manager, more than 20 of which working at director level, in four different parts of the country. Most recently Mark was Foundation Trust Programme Director and Company Secretary for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust between 2013-2017.
Imelda Redmond CBE
Imelda Redmond CBE

National director

Healthwatch

 
Imelda Redmond has 20 years’ experience working in senior roles in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently she was chief executive of the charity 4Children where she led the organisation through a period of significant change. Before that she was director of policy and public affairs at Marie Curie Cancer Care, and chief executive of Carers UK where she received a CBE for her services to disadvantaged people in 2009. Imelda is passionate about championing patients’ needs and ensuring that their views are listened to.
Peter Abell
Peter Abell

Chair

Governor Advisory Committee

 
Now retired, Peter's background comprises in teaching further education to working in senior management. A graduate economist with further qualifications in education and management studies, he's also been an active member of the Labour Party for many years and served in a range of roles including constituency chair, secretary, agent to the MP and county councillor providing him in experience relevant to serving public life. Although he hasn’t worked in the health service, his experience as a governor has been positive. Working in a trust which really values the contribution of governors and discovering the governor voice has been incredibly important to him and has led him to the role of chair for NHS Providers governor advisory committee (GAC).
Yvonne Coghill CBE OBE
Yvonne Coghill CBE OBE

Director – WRES Implementation

NHS England

 
Yvonne commenced nurse training at Central Middlesex Hospital in 1977, qualified as a general nurse in 1980 and then went on to qualify in mental health nursing and health visiting. In 1986 she secured her first NHS management job and has since held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts.

Yvonne is currently the director – WRES Implementation at NHS England, She has been voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BME pioneers. Yvonne was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010. In 2018 Yvonne was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list, an honorary fellowship from Kings College University, honorary doctorates from the Middlesex and Buckinghamshire Universities and has become the deputy president of the RCN.
Dr Habib Naqvi
Dr Habib Naqvi

Policy lead, WRES Implementation Team

NHS England

 
Dr Habib Naqvi has a background in public health, healthcare policy and strategy development. He's the policy lead for the NHS workforce race equality standard, and is leading on the national strategy for this programme. Before joining NHS England in 2013, Habib led on the development of national equality and diversity policy at the Department of Health and Social Care. He managed development of the equality delivery system for the NHS, the establishment of the NHS equality and diversity council, and led on the health sector’s response to the ministerial review of the public sector equality duty.

Habib currently sits on several national advisory boards including the advancing mental health equality board, the windrush day advisory panel, and the NHS disciplinary advisory group. He is the national sponsor for the midlands visible NHS leaders network, and provides advice to the board of HMP Springhill. An ambassador for the Mary Seacole Trust, he has experience in academia and research and is an occasional lecturer; he holds a strong portfolio of healthcare research and publications.

Location

The Congress Conference Centre is in a fantastic location in the heart of London, just three minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road underground station and a short walk from Oxford Street and Covent Garden. The conference venue benefits from excellent transport links by tube (direct to Euston, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Liverpool Street mainline stations).

Congress Centre
28 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS

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Booking terms and conditions

  • Every trust is entitled to two guaranteed delegate places, and one reserve delegate place, to be appointed by the booker.
  • Programme details are correct at time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary
  • There may be a photographer or filming 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.

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