Governor Focus 2020

3, 4, 5 November - Virtual Event

Our Governor Focus Conference for 2020 is now complete. Thank you to all who joined us this year for our first ever virtual version of the event. We welcomed over 360 governors representing over 100 trusts over the week, and we hope those who attended found this a useful and insightful few days. Please remember the deadline to complete our short, online, surveys is Thursday 19 November and there is a separate survey for each day. Once you have completed the feedback, you will be able to download an attendance certificate to keep for your records.

You can see this year's seven Governor Showcase finalists here and can sign up to the governor focus newsletter to keep up to date. 

 

2020 Speaker presentations

All the presentations and a round up of the breakout discussion themes from the virtual conference are available below. We are in contact with Professor Joe Harrison who spoke at Wednesday's event about producing an article for our Governor Newsletter, to bring together the key points of his presentation.

 


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.

Our last event included speakers such as Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Professor Joe Harrison, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, and Sarah Hughes, Centre for Mental Health chief executive. Our jam-packed, governor-specific programmes 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. 

 

What our delegates said in 2020

"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."

Programme 

You can look back on our 2020 programme below.

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09.45

Registration / log on

10.00

Welcome and introduction

Welcome and Introduction

Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers 

 

10.15

Setting the scene - a national policy update

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.

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers   

 

11.05

Governor Showcase

Governor Showcase

Showcasing examples of good practice in Councils of Governors around the country.

 

11.30

Breakout discussions

Breakout discussions

Using Zoom breakouts, delegates will be able to network and share views and experiences with small numbers of colleagues. Key points of feedback will be shared with the whole group.

 

12.10

Closing remarks

12.15

Day one close

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13.45

Registration / log on

14.00

Welcome and introduction

Welcome and introduction

The NHS Providers team

 

14.10

Update from the governor support team

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.

Mark Price, Programme Manager – Governor Support, NHS Providers

 

14.25

A Digital Future for the NHS

A Digital Future for the NHS

Milton Keynes is one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the NHS and Professor Harrison has been its Chief Executive since 2012. He believes passionately that embracing technology, IT and digital innovation helps both patients and staff and improves the quality of care. He will outline what has been achieved in his trust and how a digital future is an essential part of the NHS Long Term Plan.          

Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

15.05

Governor Showcase

Governor Showcase

Showcasing examples of good practice in Councils of Governors around the country.

 

15.30

Breakout discussions

Breakout discussions

Using Zoom breakouts, delegates will be able to network and share views and experiences with small numbers of colleagues. Key points of feedback will be shared with the whole group.

 

16.10

Closing remarks

16.15

Day two close

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09.45

Registration / log on

10.00

Welcome and introduction

Welcome and introduction

The NHS Providers Team

 

10.10

Mental health is everyone's business

Mental health is everyone's business

Centre for Mental Health is a charity with over 30 years’ experience in providing life changing research, economic analysis and policy influence in mental health. Over the last decade, its work has expanded to include physical health, wellbeing, inequality and multiple disadvantages across the life course. Sarah will explain why all governors, not just those from mental health trusts, need to be aware of the current issues and challenges for mental health services.

Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

 

10.50

Governor Showcase

Governor Showcase

Showcasing examples of good practice in Councils of Governors around the country.

 

11.15

Breakout discussions

Breakout discussions

Using Zoom breakouts, delegates will be able to network and share views and experiences with small numbers of colleagues. Key points of feedback will be shared with the whole group.

 

12.00

Recap of the key issues of the week and closing remarks

12.15

Conference close

Governor showcase

Our Governor showcase exhibition area 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, with the successful applicants given a free stand in our exhibition to display the exciting work they are doing. 

We hope those who attended the conference in 2020 enjoyed the Showcase projects we shared, you can find the complete list of the seven Governor Showcase finalists below including animations which show the work of the trusts which we will be adding to our website and YouTube channel over the coming weeks. 

 

Share interesting practice

In our showcase area, we are always 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.

Governor showcase 2020 participants

Seven trusts made the final for the annual Governor Showcase, to showcase examples of best practice and demonstrate how their governors are making an impact. 


The seven 2020 finalists are:

  • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust with their project on board biographies
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust for their work on governor recruitment, ensuring their Council represents the community they serve
  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust showcasing their successful pivot to virtual meetings in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Sherwood Forrest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with their work to engage young people
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust and their approach to governor involvement with trust strategic priorities
  • North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and their development of a Council of Governors team charter
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and their new Patient and Public Involvement strategy

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust 

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

East London NHS Foundation Trust 

2020 Speakers

Our 2020 speakers are below. 

Sir Ron Kerr
Sir Ron Kerr

Chair

NHS Providers

 
Ron has spent all his career in the health and care sector and has been a chief executive at national, regional and local level for over 30 years, latterly as chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust until 2015. He is currently independent chair of Healthier Together, the Sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and a board member of Genomics England Ltd. He is also a trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and King’s College London. He was knighted for services to the NHS in 2011.
Sarah Hughes
Sarah Hughes

Chief Executive

Centre for Mental Health

 
Sarah has worked in mental health and criminal justice for 30 years. Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office.

In recent years, Sarah has led CPSL Mind, an organisation known internationally for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess. After completing her master's degree in understanding organisations, Sarah is undertaking a professional doctorate with the Tavistock and Portman Centre, studying women, resilience and leadership.

She writes a blog and has written many guest pieces for various platforms. Sarah also hosts a regular vlog about mental health and wellbeing. Sarah undertakes a number of speaking commitments around the world and is part of the global mental health network.

As chief executive at the centre, she works with the UK government and high-profile organisations on mental health policy and practice.

Sarah holds a number of trustee and board roles for organisations such as Agenda Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers, the Football Association and City Mental Health Alliance. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Salzburg Global, Zinc Academy and the Mental Health Collective. In 2019 Sarah also joined the prestigious Sciana Health Leaders Network.

Sarah is passionate about mental health and believes it is possible to achieve equality by drawing on the extraordinary evidence we already have about what works and paying careful attention to people’s lived experience.
Professor Joe Harrison
Professor Joe Harrison

Chief Executive

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 
Professor Joe Harrison has been a chief executive for nearly nine years, and joined Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (MKUH) as Chief Executive over six years ago. MKUH is an acute hospital serving a fast-growing population of 320,000 and employing over 4,500 staff.

Joe’s focus at MKUH has been on improving patient safety, experience and clinical effectiveness, and supporting innovative digital solutions to help improve clinical and operational effectiveness.

Joe has a particular passion for education and research and is a board member of the Oxford academic health science network (AHSN), chair of the clinical research network partnership board for Thames Valley, member of the NHS Confederation employers policy board, and he also sits on a number of committees and the council with the University of Buckingham.
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.

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