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The future of health care estate

May 29, 2020
The delivery of primary care has seen rapid changes in response to COVID-19, as technology-enabled care has been employed to…
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Could COVID-19 improve strategic commissioning?

May 28, 2020
The context and drivers of health and care integration efforts are well-stated in response to demographic changes, resource constraints, and…
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Getting the country back to work

May 27, 2020
Our work with non-executives has kept us in touch with boards of all types across the country and we’ve come…
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Three new priorities for NHS audit committees

May 26, 2020
NHS trust boards have been asked to lighten the load on executives as much as possible during the first and…
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Time for kindness

May 22, 2020
This week (18-24 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme is kindness – a particularly appropriate choice as…
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Severe mental illness: what all NHS boards need to understand

May 21, 2020
Mental health problems are among the main causes of overall disease burden in the UK. In England, an estimated 551,000…
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Leading nurses

May 20, 2020
It feels particularly apt that the World Health Organisation designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to…
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Developing the board for the new

May 19, 2020
Many leaders are wisely re-thinking what board development needs to look like in future. The new world of complex challenges…
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May 18, 2020
If the job of a non-executive director in the NHS is difficult what about the role of a governor? Governed…
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Flexible property use

May 15, 2020
GGI believes that the three pillars of recovery from the coronavirus crisis are testing, health and safety, and shielding vulnerable…
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May 14, 2020
Where do citizens fit into the new normal and what does this mean for the way boards think and operate?…
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Doctor’s orders

May 13, 2020
The role of medical director or chief medical officer in an NHS organisation is one of the most challenging and…
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Audit committees

May 12, 2020
The name of Florence Nightingale, whose birthday it is today (12 May), has been in the news during the coronavirus…
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May 11, 2020
Professor Mervyn King was appointed by South African President Nelson Mandela to develop governance frameworks from 1992. The King Commission…
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COVID-19 and black, Asian and minority ethnic NHS staff

May 7, 2020
Gender, underlying health and age are all factors that can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19. A fourth factor…
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Health and Safety: non-clinical staff

May 6, 2020
COVID-19 has galvanised boards due to the short-term threats it presents to both staff and incomes. Now as the UK…
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Testing and tracing

May 5, 2020
As the world tentatively moves towards the recovery phase of the coronavirus pandemic, there is almost universal agreement that testing…
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Virtual NHS board meeting – updated advice

May 4, 2020
In March, GGI published advice on holding virtual board meetings. One month after most NHS boards took their meetings online,…
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Risky business

May 1, 2020
As NHS boards turn their thoughts from addressing the immediate crisis towards restoration and recovery, GGI recommends devoting a board…
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Barriers to digital adoption

April 30, 2020
Over the past month, the phrase ‘the new normal’ has become increasingly commonplace as the NHS embraced partnership working and…
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Newspeak – language of the new normal

April 29, 2020
One positive to emerge from the era of the virus is its challenge to the way the public sector describes…
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When do we need finance committees?

April 28, 2020
Today we ask an important and perhaps surprising question: do NHS boards really need finance committees right now? The only…
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CEOs and chairs in perfect harmony

April 27, 2020
The new normal will need new leadership. Yet the people in charge remain the same. In an earlier bulletin we…
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All hands on deck

April 24, 2020
When GGI Executive Director of Delivery Darren Grayson was asked to support a local health care system to rapidly escalate…
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Safeguarding wellbeing of NHS frontline staff

April 23, 2020
When it comes to its staff, the NHS has always talked a good game. However, this rhetoric has not always…
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What only the chair can do

April 22, 2020
GGI is producing a series of board assurance prompts (BAPs) to help NHS boards address some of the challenges presented…
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Pandemic ethics

April 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic presents some new and challenging ethical questions to front-line NHS staff and the boards governing them. Recognising…
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Quality committees and COVID-19

April 20, 2020
GGI is committed to providing practical advice to health and social care organisations about modern, proportionate governance throughout the coronavirus…
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Easing the burden on the NHS

April 17, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, GGI is offering its advisory service to NHS boards and other public sector organisations…
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What is the value of a board?

April 16, 2020
During the pandemic boards have stepped back so that executive teams can focus on the here-and-now crisis. NHS Boards are…
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April 15, 2020
The last month has not been pretty in governance terms. A crisis on this scale is too easily seen as…
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Changing roles in a crisis

April 14, 2020
By their nature, crises are unpredictable. When that crisis is a pandemic that seemingly strikes at random, regardless of any…
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Is your board asking the right cybersecurity questions?

April 9, 2020
Today’s guest post has been written by Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO of Templar Executives, a cybersecurity advisory services and solutions company…
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Good governance in business continuity and emergency planning

April 8, 2020
During these weeks of lockdown we have held conversations with NHS boards to discuss their response to COVID-19, looking for…
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Stakeholder engagement is central to tackling COVID-19

April 7, 2020
In our conversations with NHS boards about their responses to COVID-19, GGI has been looking to identify practical guidance and…
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What not to drop

April 6, 2020
In our conversations with NHS boards about their responses to COVID-19, we have been looking to identify practical guidance we…
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Minute-writing in a time of crisis

April 3, 2020
In our conversations with NHS boards about their responses to COVID-19, we have been looking to identify practical guidance and…
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Short, effective board papers

April 2, 2020
In previous GGI briefings, we have addressed how the coronavirus crisis has placed extra pressure on NHS boards. And yet,…
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Board assurance prompt for the COVID-19 crisis

April 1, 2020
In a guest GGI briefing on 26 March, Dr Usman Khan stressed the importance of the non-executive director (NED) role…
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Tackling COVID-19 with technology

March 31, 2020
As part of our work on NHS board responses to COVID-19, GGI was keen to find out what other NHS…
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Meeting the new normal

March 30, 2020
One week after the UK went into lockdown, we update our advice on the new world of virtual NHS board…
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Thank you NHS

March 27, 2020
It may be that the two most important words during the coronavirus crisis are ‘thank you’. From the board’s perspective,…
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The NHS non-executive in times of crisis

March 26, 2020
This bulletin was contributed by Dr Usman Khan, former chair of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust who has recently…
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Boards remain accountable

March 25, 2020
A wise chairman once said: ‘Don’t look for the edges of your accountability; you are accountable for it all’. Sage…
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NHS board etiquette for changed times

March 24, 2020
As part of our work to support the NHS and promote effective governance in times of crisis, the Good Governance…
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Conducting virtual NHS board meetings

March 23, 2020
As part of our work to support the NHS and promote effective governance in times of crisis, the Good Governance…
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