Governor Focus conference

6, 7, 8 July 2021, online


A conference dedicated to NHS governors

Our national Governor focus conference is the leading free event for NHS governors. We welcomed around 200 governors per day from across the country at this year's online conference. The event was a fantastic opportunity to network with other governors from across the country and learn from colleagues as well as hear from sector leaders on issues directly affecting the governor role and explore developments in the sector.

This year's event took place virtually over three days on 6, 7 and 8 July. Our jam-packed, governor-specific programme looked at the sector through the lens of governors, exploring developments in the health and social care sector and examining issues most directly affecting the governor role.

why attend governor focus conference?

Governor Focus conference is a unique event aimed specifically at NHS governors, giving them the chance to explore developments in the health and social care sector, examining issues more directly affecting the governor role.

97% of governors rated the overall impression of last year’s event as good or excellent and 99% of governors would recommend this event.

Governors will:

  • Share, learn, and develop their knowledge to better prepare for the future
  • Have a fantastic opportunity to network with governor peers online
  • Dip in and out of sessions to fit around your work schedule - with morning sessions on 6 and 8 July and afternoon sessions on 7 July
  • Get the chance to hear from expert speakers who are committed to maximising the governor role
  • Learn from their colleagues through the governor showcase.  

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Programme

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10.00

Conference opens

Welcome and introduction

The chair of the conference will welcome delegates.

Chair

10.15

Session 1

Setting the scene – a national policy update

Chris Hopson 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.

 

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11.05

Governor Showcase

Showcase 1

Introduction to this year’s showcase and announcement of the finalists. We will hear from one of our finalists and all about their showcase project.

 

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11.30

Breakout session

Breakout discussions

Delegates will be split into breakout groups to network and share their experience on two or three topics covered by the session’s speakers.

 

12.15

Close of day 1

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14.00

Welcome and introduction

14.10

Session 1

Update from the governor support team

Mark Price will give an update on governor support and the work of the NHS Providers Governor Advisory Committee.

 

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Speaker

Mark Price

14.25

Session 2

Enabling a wellbeing culture

Without staff that are well and at work the NHS could not deliver quality and effective care to patients. In this thought-provoking session we explore what wellbeing could look like within organisations through application of the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework, and what the governor role is in enabling a wellbeing culture for your organisation. We will also take a ‘deep dive’ into supporting mental wellbeing as one of the most common challenges facing the wellbeing of our workforce.

 

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15.05

Governor Showcase

Showcase 2

Introduction to this year’s showcase and its finalists. We will hear from one of our finalists and all about their showcase project.

 

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15.30

Breakout session

Breakout discussions

Delegates will be split into breakout groups to network and share their experience on two or three topics covered by the session’s speakers.

 

16.15

Close of day 2

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10.00

Welcome and introduction

10.10

Session 1

System-working and the role of foundation trust governors

Miranda Carter will provide details on the policy work that NHS England and Improvement have been developing to support foundation trust governors with the transition to system working.

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10.50

Governor Showcase

Showcase 3

Introduction to this year’s showcase and its finalists. We will hear from one of our finalists and all about their Showcase project.

 

11.15

Breakout session

Breakout discussion

Delegates will be split into breakout groups to network and share their experience on two or three topics covered by the session’s speakers.

 

12.00

Conference recap

Recap of the key issues from across the week

Sir Ron Kerr will close the conference with a recap of the last three days. 

 

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Chair

12.15

Conference closes

Governor showcase

Our Governor showcase is an opportunity for trusts to showcase the exciting work their governors are doing and any examples of best practice.

Each year we invite trusts to apply to take part in our showcase. Successful applicants will have their work made into an illustrated video to be shown during this year's conference.

You can now view this year's winners showcase videos our YouTube channel.

 

BookINGS

This event is now over and bookings are closed. For any queries please contact the Governor focus events team.

What previous delegates said

"Fantastic conference, shows how effective we can engage using virtual platform."


"Thank you for an incredible three days! So much to take in and take back."


"An insightful agenda and such interesting speakers and breakout sessions today, I really enjoyed attending."


"Very interesting lot of helpful information thank you."


"Excellent breakout discussions, thank you."


"It was an excellent opportunity to meet Governors from all over country."

Reflections on the conference 

Thank you to all who joined us this year for our virtual version of the event. We welcomed 480 governors representing over 100 trusts over the three days.

Our event included speakers such as Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Adam J. Turner, improving health and wellbeing lead, NHS England and Improvement, Laura Tyrell, programme manager adult mental health, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Dr Judith Friedman, associate clinical director of psychological services and head of clinical health psychology services, Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Miranda Carter, director of provider development, NHS England and Improvement.

Our programme looked at the sector through the lens of governors, exploring developments in the health and social care sector and examined issues most directly affecting the role of the governor.

We were also pleased to announce the winners of our Showcase event. This is where we shone a light on council of governors' work, recognising their successful contribution to their foundation trust and wider community. Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust presented at the conference and details of their submissions can be found here.

Feedback and quotes from some of our delegates that attended the conference are outlined below:

 "A triumphant three days"

"Fantastic 3 days, very informative presentations, and great showcases. Having opportunity to connect with other Trusts governors was priceless and valuable"

"Extremely valuable"

"Thank you for the conference it has been very insightful"

"Thanks to everyone for a wonderful 3 days"

"An extremely informative session"

"Wonderful event as usual from NHS Providers"

On average across the three days, 97% of delegates would recommend this event to others, with an average rating of the content of 4.5/5. 

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For more information please contact the Governor focus events team.