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Good Governance Institute This Week
24 August – 28 August 2020

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. Next week sees the start of our 2020 Festival of Governance, a four-week all-virtual event centred on the aim of rebooting public services in a renaissance 2.0 for 2020: good governance because it’s time to think again.
Throughout the Festival we invite participants to join us in the GGI time machine, looking back to the Renaissance of the 15th and 16th Centuries to explore the driving forces behind this extraordinary period of transformation. Of course, we will also reflect on the events of the last few months and the impact of COVID-19 on public life in the UK today.

Festival of Governance

Festival Review

While GGI hosts this series of festival events, our team of writers, artists and designers are preparing the 2020 Festival Review. It’s coming together as a multi-dimensional manuscript that plays around with time, transporting the reader back to the Italian Renaissance, the Fire of London in 1666, 1983, 2020 and beyond to learn good governance lessons for today. (We will digitally publish at our annual lecture on the 22 September 2020, printed copies available by request).

The theme of our opening week is diversity
We begin at 10.00 on Tuesday 1 September with an hour-long interactive Stonewall LGBTQ+ allies empowerment session. This is a unique professional development opportunity that will provide you with the tools you need to develop your own plans to create a more inclusive environment.
On Wednesday from 10.30-11.30 we will host Race: a glacial concept, a webinar and Q&A session run by the Seacole Group, a network of BAME NHS non-executive directors working to ensure that NHS boards reflect the ethnic diversity of the patients and communities they serve.
Thursday’s virtual event, Actionable Allyship in the workplace, hosted by Steps Drama, asks what does it look like to be an ally, not just in words but in action? How are we speaking up and recognising when privilege and power come into play in the workplace? This 90-minute webinar starts at 12.00.

On Friday 4 September we’ll be putting our heads together to collaborate on a blog on how GGI can better involve young people in decision-making.

Please make sure you register now to avoid disappointment later as spaces at these events are limited.

  Diversity week - Festival of Governance
  31 August 2020 – 4 September 2020
Festival launch 
Sunday, 30 August 

Nadine Benjamin - ENO Harewood artist 
Chairing our annual lecture on 22 September 2020. 

This was recorded in March 2014 at Abbey Road Studios with St Paul's Sinfonia. Conductor - Peter Crockford. Recorded by TNT Films and produced by Carlene Marshall-King.

Watch in your own time here.

Stonewall LGBTQ+ Allies empowerment session
Tuesday, 1 September 10:00 - 11:30am

This interactive session is a unique professional development opportunity, giving attendees the tools they need to develop their own plans to create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Race: a glacial concept
Wednesday, 2 September 10:30 - 11:30am

A webinar and opportunity for Q&A run by the Seacole Group – a network of BAME non-executive directors in the NHS with one vision: that NHS boards reflect the ethnic diversity of patients and communities they serve.

Places are limited, register for yours here.


Actionable allyship in the workplace
Thursday, 3 September 12:00 - 13:30

What does it look like to be an ally not just in words, but in action? How are we speaking up and recognising when privilege and power come into play in the workplace?

Places are limited, register for yours here.


Involving young people (GGI internal Event)
Friday, 4 September

We’ll be putting our heads together to collaborate on a blog on how GGI can better involve young people in decision-making 


  Digital Humanism week - Festival of Governance
  7 September 2020 – 11 September 2020
Embracing change when new technology is introduced
Tuesday, 8 September 11:30 - 13:00

An opportunity for boards to explore how to work better with IT providers to facilitate change.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Connect Health - infusing mental and physical health within Covid-19 recovery
Tuesday, 8 September 16:30 - 17:30

Discussion Themes
• Consider physical and mental health integration priorities.
• Next steps for the IAPT BAP which has been developed through input from speciality industry leaders with practical application for boards.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Perfect Ward - Using digital to achieve excellence in Quality Improvement
Wednesday, 9 September 10:00 - 11:00

Professor Jane Cummings CBE RN is the former Chief Nurse of NHS England.  Currently, she is the Chair of the RCN Foundation, is a Trustee at Macmillan Cancer Support, and a clinical ambassador for Over The Wall. In 2019 she was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to nursing and the NHS.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Perfect Ward - Using digital to reduce harm
Thursday, 10 September 10:00 - 11:00

Since its inception in January 2020, we have been able to evidence an improvement in standards of care through perfect ward. Our focus is to educate and measure doing the right things for patients rather than focusing on measuring the harms.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

 Community Interplay week - Festival of Governance
  14 September 2020 – 18 September 2020
Convenzis - Developing a Digital State: Government IT Virtual Conference 
Tuesday, 15 September 10:30 - 15:00

2020 has already seen some exciting digital public sector announcements including the publishing of the 2020-2030 Digital Policing Strategy and the Made Smarter Pilot which aims to connect makers of innovative tech with government bodies to help drive digital transformation.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

PHP Event - Realising the potential of Primary Care estate
Wednesday, 16 September 10:00 - 11:00

The Good Governance Institute in partnership with Primary Health Properties are hosting a special event at which we launch a novel report about primary care estate and its commissioning post COVID.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Browne Jacobson - Integrated Care Systems 
Thursday, 17 September 12:00 - 13:30

Understanding and exploring the benefits of integrated care systems. Browne Jacobson are a national law firm and experts across the private and public sectors. Sector experts, working in partnership with our clients - including blue chip corporates, local and owner managed businesses, NHS Trusts, major insurers, education and public sector organisations

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Cooking and the community voice 
Friday, 18 September 11:30 - 12:30

Learning about the importance of integration of community voice into the boardroom while cooking a delicious lunch.

A full list of ingredients and instructions to follow soon. 

Places are limited, register for yours here.


  Modern Governance week - Festival of Governance
  21 September 2020 – 25 September 2020
Cleveland Clinic - What Acute Trusts can learn from physician-lead organisations
Monday, 21 September 10:00 - 11:30

Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country. Our mission is to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve. Learn more about our leadership, vision, values and model of healthcare.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Convenzis - The Next Generation of NHS Care
Tuesday, 22 September 10:30 - 15:00

Key topics include:
• IT Infrastructure
• Digital tools
• AI-enabled medical devices
• Trust-wide system transformation
• Digital Leadership
• + much more.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Festival of Governance Annual Lecture 2020 
Tuesday, 22 September 16:00 - 17:30

Keynote speaker Rob Whiteman, CEO CIPFA.  

Who is responsible for what? Exploring the blurred lines between government, governance, charities and the public sector. 

Places are limited, register for yours here.

A video lecture and discussion about Professor Mervyn King's work
Wednesday, 23 September 14:00 - 15:00

The opportunity to discuss the work of Professor Mervyn King and how his works applies to modern governance

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Festival Playground
The 2020 Festival of Governance playground is full of content to stimulate thinking about the themes of this year’s festival. The playground includes documentaries exploring the influence of the Medici family, short films about the climate crisis by Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot, and reflections on the impact of COVID-19 on public services by Rob Whiteman, who will deliver this year’s annual lecture.
Free advisory service
To help boards meet the extraordinary challenge of COVID-19, GGI is currently offering its advisory service free of charge until the end of September 2020 to the boards of all public and third sector organisations in the UK.
The service offers expert and impartial advice, informed by best practice and provided by members of GGI’s experienced senior team.
If you would like to take up this offer, or just find out more about it, please contact us by emailing or call us on 07732 681120. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.
From this week's webinars
Overheard during today’s webinar, during a discussion about the restore and recover letter from Amanda Pritchard and Sir Simon Stevens:
“This presents us all with an operational challenge, a strategic challenge and a communication challenge. We don’t tend to focus on the communication challenge but Boris Johnson and some of his cabinet colleagues are journalists by trade and they know how to do it. We need to be ready to communicate our values with the public and also to manage upwards, just like anyone who’s ever had a bullying boss needs to do.”
“Our challenge is to put ourselves in their shoes. They’re under pressure to do certain things. We have an opportunity to respond saying ok we can do this provided you give us the resources to do it. Sometimes I think letters like this aren’t helpful but we should respond to it in the context of whether it is achievable. If it isn’t, we must speak truth to power and say so.”
“It’s easy for a group of NEDs to mull over these issues and then bring their conclusions to the next board meeting but that’s potentially divisive – what we’re trying to do is integrate NED and executive team thinking so we don’t come to meetings from different directions. We’re creating time in upcoming sessions to debate wider issues, rather than just complying with the letter and its demands. Effective boards spend at least half their time on strategy and the danger is that letters like this move that balance in the wrong direction.”
Overheard during yesterday’s webinar:
“We do not get judged by the papers we produce but by the decision-making and reputation we have as a board. This isn’t always reflected by regulators, for example X number of committees is good governance and beyond this is poor governance.”
“Governance and accountability has focused on the regulators and COVID has increased a challenge that was already there around the operational functionality of governance. This should be much wider, and this vision appeals to that, and it goes beyond simply one trust offering excellent provision but widening the responsibility to all members of the communities and their health and wellbeing.”
“No CCGs set out to miss the MHIS [Mental Health Investment Standard] target and they will have learnt from this process. However, the process of naming and shaming was not the most helpful approach and did not necessarily encourage open conversations and learning. The MHIS is a blunt instrument and does not look at a range of measures such as imbalances. In cancer care, they would invest based on the needs of the population, whilst the current tool for mental health is to meet the standard. If investment is to be uplifted, need to the workforce and capacity to support this.”
“The disintegration of the commissioning landscape can mean it is difficult to know how much is being spent and this fragmentation of commissioning is a difficulty for mental health. The introduction of the ICS should help with this and should lead to joint decisions between providers and commissioners aimed at improving population health. In many areas the voice of mental health, primary care and community may not be loud enough to be heard alongside large acute trusts, to ensure that this views the population community-wide rather than through the narrow lens of acute care. There is a role here of strategic commissioners to help providers then deliver on the services and need.”
In other news

 Trusts lacking senior diversity should not get top CQC ratings:

Dismantling PHE in the midst of a pandemic carries serious risks:

Why UK coronavirus deaths are falling even as cases are rising:

‘Your NHS needs you’ call attracts thousands more student nurses:

Japan, eyeing Olympics, lines up half-billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine:
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