Board development programme: Effective challenge, September 2024

Date: 26 September 2024

Time: 09:30

Venue: Virtual event via Zoom

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Course overview

The role of a unitary board is to formulate the organisation’s strategy, ensure delivery of annual strategic objectives, and shape a healthy organisational culture, whilst considering the wider integrated health and care context in which the organisation is operating. Effective and constructive challenge, scrutiny and support throughout the governance framework are essential if the board is to achieve these responsibilities.

The absence of effective challenge has often been found to be a contributory factor in high profile NHS governance failures, but difficult operating environments can result in organisations leaning towards becoming more supportive thereby reducing the level of challenge. Alongside this, the introduction of system partnerships alongside organisational accountabilities, exposes organisations to increased and new risks. Therefore, the ability to have effective and courageous conversations both within and outside of organisational boundaries will be essential for any high performing organisation.

This practical course aims to develop skills of effective, constructive challenge and holding to account through clarifying the role and responsibilities of the unitary board along with the opportunity to explore different approaches to questioning.

Who should attend?

“The trainers provided an honest and supportive learning environment. Lots to take away and apply in the Trust and my meetings tomorrow!”


Course objectives

“I have recommended this to NED and Exec colleagues, really good interactive learning experience - a good opportunity to connect with other NEDs and Execs from different organisations.”


Virtual course format

This course is a full day event running in two sections across the day.

Section one: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Section two: 1.30pm - 4.00pm

Please note this is subject to change.

How to book

Module cost per delegate (ex VAT) - Member: £260, Non Member: £312

Module cost per delegate (incl. VAT) - Member: £312, Non Member: £374.40

You will need to provide a purchase order number at booking to confirm your place on this course. Card payments are also accepted.

Follow the booking link at the top of this page and create an account if you have not already done so.

"Enhanced my thinking about how I can more effectively challenge, ask questions, see beyond the 'face value' in board papers and how to probe for more assurance."


In-house training

This course can be delivered exclusively for your organisation with in-house training and can be tailored to your requirements.

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