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Good Governance Institute This Week
1 September 2020 - 4 September 2020

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. This week we launched our 2020 Festival of Governance, a four-week all-virtual event centred on the aim of rebooting public services in Renaissance 2.0 for 2020: Good Governance because it’s time to think again.

This week we celebrated diversity. Allowing people to fully express themselves in the workplace, have their voices heard and their priorities taken into account makes for dynamic decision-making that is good for everyone in any organisation and for the communities that organisation is there to serve.

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.

Next week we explore the subject of digital humanism – putting human thinking at the heart of digital decision-making and good governance. We really value the organisations hosting festival events and moreover the participants who bring them to life. We look forward to seeing you at one of our virtual events soon.

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).

  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 10:30 - 11:30

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
This week’s topic of conversation was the restore and recover letter.

Overheard during the webinar:

“We have discussed the letter - restoration is possible (just) but tackling the waiting list patients is going to be much more difficult even with system working - diagnostics is a real problem.”

“COVID has exposed two things: the limitations of centralised and narrowly focused command and control, and the necessity for local collaboration to deal with the new relationship with our populations.”

“In the shorter term the redesigning of services with our communities is really important in relation to their needs – which are not about the change of structure. The leadership around this is different to the traditional NHS approach so the next query must be where are these leaders coming from?”

“The director responsible for recovery keeps telling me she has to submit plans to the NHS quickly and we know this excludes involvement and cooperation. Coproduction takes time and is critical, otherwise we go off in directions that don’t support the people we work with. I am hoping we will be able to evolve our patient forum but the timelines make that really difficult. I think it is really important that we take the time to coproduce with people.”

“There’s no doubt that coproduction is more time-consuming so trusts tend to reduce things to ‘engagement’ – i.e. asking people what they think after plans have been developed and it’s too late to change them. The problem is that if we haven’t developed patient / service user leaders in the past we don’t have time to catch up now.”
This week’s guest speaker was Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation. 

Overheard at the webinar:

“Coronavirus has highlighted the inequities and the structural weakness – care homes, rich versus poor areas, what is local and what is national. We have challenged the leadership: how do we learn from 60,000 deaths?”

“I absolutely agree about the infighting within the NHS over who should be in charge. This is also promoted by a policy of mergers. How do we promote thinking about partnership and collaboration and leave the debate of merger for much further down the line?”

“Chairs have a huge opportunity to see the big picture – they must keep the debate going. System leadership requires rules. Without vision, people die. We must push back against the rush to restructure.”

“We've collectively not been helped by systems that drive and reward the wrong behaviours. We worked better during the pandemic because much of that was suspended.”

“Our trusts have been working in a formal alliance in both the ICSs in which we operate for the last two or three years. There is a strategy in place and a committee in common which reports to boards. The collaborative holds regular governor/lay member/NED engagement events for the whole of the ICS.”

GGI blogs coming out next week 
  • Coming out again – NHS boards have important lessons to learn from the way their predecessors reacted to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. We argue that they should be brave and open to activism from those communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis. 
  • Young people – What is a young person, what do they care about and why should NHS boards take any notice of them? To mark our Festival diversity week, we gathered together some of the more youthful members of the GGI team to gather views. 
  • Population health – At GGI we have a broad view of population health. We think it’s about encouraging multiple actors and sectors to work in harmony with a focus on people and their wellbeing, the wider determinants of help, and to address the causes of poor health.
Diversity Week on Twitter @GoodGoverninst
30 August, Diversity Week 
Stonewall LGBTQ+ Allies Empowerment Session, 1 Sept
Chairs of Mental Health Trusts: Your challenges, views and ideas, 2 Sept
Invisible Women: Book Club, 2 Sept
Seacole Group - Race: a glacial concept, 2 Sept
STEPS Drama - Actionable Allyship in the Workplace, 3 Sept
Involving young people (GGI internal event), 4 Sept
In other news

Mass weekly COVID testing to be trialled in England:

NHS to open new Lighthouse Lab to boost capacity: 

Open letter to PM urging support to plug £310M research shortfall: 

As summer ends, UK must square up to COVID again: 

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