Board development programme: Effective challenge, November 2021
Date: 11 November 2021
Venue: Virtual event via Zoom
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. 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, whilst maintaining the current 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 trust.
This practical workshop aims to develop skills of effective, constructive challenge and holding to account through clarifying the role and responsibilities of the unitary board, committees and individuals. During the day there will be opportunities to explore different approaches to questioning.
Who should attend?
Board members (both executive and non-executive)
Clarify the respective roles and responsibilities of the unitary board, governors, non-executive directors, executive directors and senior managers along with exploring the common problem areas relating to accountability
Explore the key elements and enablers of effective challenge including evidence-based assurance, triangulation and creating a safe space to have constructive conversations
Develop an understanding of the relationship between challenge and support in effective decision making
Discuss the benefits of, and barriers to, effective challenge in your organisation and how these can impact culture
Deliver practical exercises to explore and compare different approaches to questioning and challenge
Provides the opportunity for you to meet and network with peers
Virtual course format
This course is a full day event running in two sections across the day.
Section one: 9.30am - 12.15pm
Section two: 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Please note this is subject to change.
How to book
Module cost per delegate (ex VAT) - Member: £245, Non Member: £295
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.
This course can also be delivered exclusively for your organisation with in-house training. This can be tailored to your needs ensuring consistency throughout your organisation.