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Our word of the week is ‘synergise’ – the benefits of which shone out of each of this week’s bulletins. From Monday’s reflections on the importance of leading with empathy to Friday’s guidance on communicating with clarity and authenticity, a common thread of collaboration and thoughtful interaction runs throughout. This week we also looked at the impact of COVID-19 on the world of sport and highlighted the excellent integration work being done in Dudley to deliver population health outcomes. As ever, thank you for reading.

‘Network’ is our word for the week and we touched on it in technical and figurative ways in our daily bulletins, which addressed COVID-19’s impact on the role of NHS CEO, the importance of patient engagement in times of crisis, and of sharing data flexibly and collaboratively. We also revisited the arts this week, discussing the future of the beleaguered performing arts sector with the CEO of the Independent Theatre Council, and we dared to peer into the abyss of NHS finances. A link to the calendar highlighting previous bulletins and considering future ones is included here. Thank you for reading.

Our word for this week is ‘reimagine’. It’s a theme we touched on in each of our daily bulletins, which covered COVID-19’s impact on the NHS staffing crisis, the importance of addressing health inequalities, and a perceived shift from individualism towards more community spirit. We also advised boards to be creative as they plan for the future, and highlighted the need for NHS organisations to engage fully with their communities in all their granular glory. A link to the calendar highlighting previous bulletins and considering future ones is included here. As ever, thanks for reading.

Following last week’s theme of pivot, our word for this week is ‘together’. Our sixteenth week of daily bulletins began with a look at how triangulated assurance can help boards to stay on top of strategic objectives. Other topics this week included the relationship between good governance and regulation, considering the need for a ‘new deal’, some useful tips on meaningful benchmarking and, wrapping up our together theme, organisational buddying. We have just 24 more bulletins to go until we’ll have published 100 bulletins in 100 working days. A link to the calendar highlighting previous bulletins and considering future ones is included here. Thanks for reading.

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. In our bulletin on Thursday this week, we explored the role of the NHS as a pivotal organisation. We believe the service has an opportunity to take a proactive stance in 2020, leveraging its considerable resources and emergent collaborative culture to contribute even more to the sustainable wellbeing of the communities it serves. This week we also looked at the meaning of stewardship, digital assurance, and ethics – and at what makes boards great. We also updated out festival programme and introduced the soon-to-open GGI Academy. Happy reading….

This week we looked at the world through the lens of collaboration. Collaboration between health and social care organisations is the ultimate direction of travel for NHS and other public or third sector boards. Our bulletins also explored collaboration between the private and public sectors, the need for housing associations to work closely with local authorities, and the importance of boards building relationships with the hardest to reach groups among the communities they serve.

This week we look at where we came from, where we are and where we are going. COVID-19 and the groundswell of anti-racism that followed George Floyd’s death have revealed some deep systemic issues in recent weeks. But change is possible. It’s hard to comprehend that the idea of racial harmony could be met with anything other than universal agreement, but the far-right demonstrations of the past week underline the fact that we really do need to keep repeating that black lives matter! In our bulletin series we reimagined the world of work, recovered risk management, celebrated community innovation, treasured the role of the COO and scrutinised systemic racism. GGI also announced the chair of this year’s annual lecture, published several blogs and hosted some important webinars. As ever, thank you for reading.

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week is National Carers Week, which aims to highlight the challenges that paid and unpaid carers face while also recognising their vital contribution to society. In our daily bulletins we marked the occasion by asking what NHS boards can do to support the care sector. We also explored the potential long-term benefits of digital nursing, outlined how boards might benefit from reviewing their succession plans, and highlighted how good quality management might help COVID-19 innovations stick. Finally, we began a series of bulletins exploring how other sectors were able to innovate to move forward despite the impact of the coronavirus.

This week: the arts!

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week our focus has been on principles – and in particular on their supreme importance when familiar structures fall away in times of crisis and we are all forced to fall back on intuitive behaviours that must be informed by values and principles that we all agree on.

Our daily bulletins looked at the continued relevance of the Nolan Principles thanks to their focus on behaviours and culture rather than process. We highlighted the key role of human judgement and intuition in effective assurance, and we discussed the importance of honouring the relationship boards have with the public – both through authentic engagement strategies and by effectively addressing waiting lists, one of the many fast-growing issues created by COVID-19.

Finally, in Friday’s bulletin we expressed solidarity with black, Asian and minority ethnic NHS staff and patients as the debate continues about the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on these communities.

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week we ventured into uncharted waters by hosting our Governance Summit not at Leeds Castle, which has been home to our Leaders’ Forum for the past six years, but online, where we were joined by leaders from across the public sector. Our daily bulletins covered the important role of audit committees and the future of health care estate. We also ask if COVID-19 might have a positive effect on strategic commissioning, and we heard from colleagues in the private sector about some of the challenges associated with getting Britain back to work.

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary.

This is Mental Health Awareness Week. In our daily bulletins, we marked the occasion by exploring the concept of kindness. With estimates suggesting that up to 500,000 more people will experience mental health issues due to COVID-19, on Thursday we looked at the current state of severe mental illness in the UK and asked how it would be affected by the pandemic. And on Friday we offered some practical advice on being kind to ourselves at times of stress. We also considered the difficult role of NHS governors, offered our views on what board development should look like during the pandemic, and celebrated the important leadership role of chief nursing officers.

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary.

As the UK government takes its first tentative steps out of lockdown, we consider the economic and health service considerations for NHS and other public sector boards. In our daily bulletins this week, we heard Professor Mervyn King’s take on the coronavirus crisis, we looked at how NHS boards can keep their audit committees relevant, and we examined how the important role of medical director is changing as we move into the recovery phase. We also considered how boards can engage meaningfully with citizens as they contemplate how to change the way they operate, and we heard from a private landlord of primary healthcare properties about how it’s using its property portfolio to support the fight against COVID-19.

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week GGI began looking at the recovery phase of COVID-19. It is our position that the three pillars of a safe, successful recovery are testing, Health and Safety, and shielding vulnerable groups from the disease. Our daily bulletins this week updated advice on virtual board meetings, we provided practical advice to facilitate testing at scale, and considered the Health and Safety of non-clinical staff. We also voiced concern about the increased risk of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people and considered mitigating measures to shield vulnerable groups from the infection.

Welcome to GGI’s weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

Today we hosted a virtual meeting for NHS non-executive directors and chairs on the safety of black and ethnic minority staff during the coronavirus crisis. This week our daily bulletins spoke to the relationship between the chair and CEO, digital adoption, finance committees, the importance of NHS leaders using the right language during the COVID-19 recovery phase and the need for boards to think about their strategic priorities and the risk environment ahead. We also published a board assurance prompt for boards to assess risk now before we go forward.

Welcome to GGI’s weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week, we welcome back Darren Grayson from a secondment to the NHS, and we celebrate the addition of Dr Usman Khan to the GGI team. Topics covered in our COVID-19 briefings included what quality, ethics and people committees should be considering during and after the pandemic. We provide practical advice for NHS boards responsible for safeguarding the physical and mental health of their workers while making difficult decisions on behalf of patients. We also looked at what only the chair can do during this difficult time. Finally, we have an update on EHMA and ISQua.

Welcome to GGI’s weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week, our COVID-19 briefings covered the importance of flexible leadership, the duty of boards to keep an eye on the longer term while the situation develops, stewardship, and the key role of good governance to secure the future of organisations, beyond the immediate treatment of COVID-19 patients. Our guest bulletin this week is from Connect Health, a provider of MSK services, about how it scaled up its operations to meet the increasing demand from health workers for musculoskeletal (MSK) services.

 

Welcome to GGI’s weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. 

This week our COVID-19 updates offered advice on situational governance in times of crisis, we provided food for thought about stakeholder engagement and business continuity and emergency planning, and we invited a cybersecurity specialist to offer advice to help protect the NHS from online crime at this crucial time. We also offer a few words from the newest member of the GGI team, Adam Sewell-Jones, and update you on GGI’s transformational plans – as well as announcing the first details of our annual Festival of Governance.

Welcome to the Good Governance Institute newsletter, a new weekly digest of announcements, knowledge-sharing and other information from GGI. Daily Covid-19 updates. We also share some great news from the Black Country and there’s information about an upcoming virtual event for non-executive directors too.

At the end of an extraordinary first week of lockdown in the UK, we join the nation in thanking front-line health workers for their service. The work of NHS boards has never been more important and our efforts to support them continue.

This week we began a series of daily bulletins offering practical advice drawn from the deep experience gained by the GGI team over many years – and informed by the conversations we are having with NHS leaders throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

On Monday we make our advisory service for public sector boards free for the coming six months, offering further assistance to boards during this difficult time.