COVID-19 and NHS Providers

Last updated: 20/05/2020 

It goes without saying that the wellbeing and support of our members is our upmost priority at this uncertain time. Given the complete focus on responding to coronavirus across our membership (and indeed wider stakeholders) at the moment, we have taken the decision to pause the publication of our planned reports, briefings and blogs. It makes sense for us to prioritise our efforts on supporting members in ways which will add most value to you, and it's clear people will have limited time to read and benefit from many of our planned outputs right now.

With this in mind, we will also be pausing some of our member bulletins (Provider Focus, The Big Picture and Provider Eye) but will be continuing with This Week Next Week and Today’s Health News. If you are a member and not currently receiving our daily news bulletin, you can sign up by registering for our site and opting in.

Forthcoming trust visits will no longer go ahead. In addition, we have made the decision to cancel all our networks, events, dinners and training until the end of June. This includes:

  • community network – 25 March
  • GovernWell: NHS finance and business skills  26 March
  • GovernWell: Member and public engagement   1 April
  • digital leads network – 2 April
  • dinner with Will Warr 7 April
  • GovernWell: core skills  22 April
  • ED induction  23 April
  • finance directors and commercial leads network  23 April
  • dinner with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP – 28 April
  • GovernWell: Recruitment - the governor role in non-executive appointments - 5 May
  • medical and nursing directors network – 5 May 
  • Governance conference – 7 May
  • NED network – 12 May
  • strategy directors network – 14 May
  • communications leads network – 19 May
  • GovernWell core skills 19 May
  • GovernWell Effective chairing for governors  4 June
  • NED network (London) – 5 June 
  • Effective questioning and challenge, London  9 June
  • Risk management - 10 June (Manchester)
  • Non executive director induction 11-12 June
  • Thursday 11 June – Company Secretaries
  • Effective challenge - 18 June (London)
  • Friday 19 June – NED network
  • NHS finance for senior leaders - 23 June (Bristol)


Please note:


  • The NHS finance for senior leaders in London on 21 May will now take place on 21 July
  • NHS Finance and business skills, Birmingham on 7 June will now take place on 30 September 2020
  • The Effective recording of board and committee meetings in London on 3 June will now take place on 15 September
  • The Governance conference will now take place on 25 February 2021.

More information will follow on upcoming events as we agree on the best way of delivering these to you. We will continue to monitor and act on the advice of Public Health England and the World Health Organisation regarding COVID-19 and if the advice from the UK authorities changes, we will act upon it immediately and update all involved.

We have now implemented company-wide remote working, but we'd like to reassure all of our members and partners that we are available as usual. Please visit our COVID-19 support page and do not hesitate to get in contact with us with any queries or suggestions for how we can further support you.

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