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. 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."
Registration, refreshments and showcase
Welcome and introduction
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.
Refreshments, networking and showcase
Introduction to the Governors advisory committee
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
Governors will be invited to discuss topical issues proposed by the governor advisory committee on their tables.
Lunch, showcase and networking
Second afternoon sessions
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
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
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.
We want to hear from your governors about their work and impact. Following the success of last year's exhibition area, our governor showcase will be back at this year's conference, showcasing the exciting work and best practice of up to ten trusts. The area will showcase the exciting work and best practice of up to ten 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.
We will again be inviting trusts to apply for a free space in the exhibition to showcase their work. Each trust selected will:
- be provided with their own free stand in our exhibition
- have their exhibition boards, displaying information about their work, produced by NHS Providers for free
- receive two further event places for representatives from the trust to man their exhibition stand.
To see examples from last year's exhibition entries, please visit our 2018 page here to view the previous submissions.
NHS Providers will provide and meet all costs of the space, stand, design and exhibition. Participating organisations will however be asked to fund their governor’s travel and the cost of any materials that they may wish to provide to other delegates. We will also include a 200 word outline of your showcase on our website. Ten exhibition spaces will be available in total and once all applications are in submissions will be assessed by an internal judging panel.
To apply, download and complete our application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 March 2019.
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
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 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.
Programme Manager – Governor Support
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
Governor Advisory Committee
Yvonne Coghill CBE OBE
Director – WRES Implementation
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
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.
Dr Habib Naqvi's twitter: @DrHNaqvi
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).
28 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS
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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