Board leadership for foundation trust governors

This programme will equip foundation trust (FT) governors with the latest information about their changing role and responsibilities while providing personal development and support.

The role of a governor is pivotal in representing the patient, public and staff, and FT members' viewpoints at the highest levels. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act creates a new dynamic between FT boards and councils of governors and this programme will support and stretch lead governors as they explore how best to perform their new statutory and representative functions.

The programme is delivered in association with DAC Beachcroft.

Who is it for?

Since April 2013 foundation trust governors have had new roles and responsibilities. This programme is aimed at lead governors or any other governors undertaking additional responsibilities within the council of governors, such as chairing additional committees. With the new Act, they are being asked to engage in a dialogue with their boards that includes extensive consideration of new and frequently complex issues. This programme can be run for whole councils on request as we understand that not all councils are the same and that some may prefer the benefits of whole-group development.

How will you benefit from this programme?

This programme will support governors to understand these new issues and to learn about the new policy, legal and regulatory environment that they are now operating in. It also provides challenge and reflection on the potential for representation. Participants will be supported to practise and rehearse crucial leadership and advocacy skills, analyse complex planning situations, explore the best ways to communicate with boards, and to develop their confidence in engaging with executive and non-executive directors. The programme will explore issues that might be expected to arise in significant transactions and will examine ways of holding non-executive directors to account.

Excellent, helpful to start with the legal and then put our role into a framework for personal action and development.

Foundation trust lead governor

What you will do on this programme?

Making extensive use of case-study material, you will be able to learn from experts as well as from one another. You will hone crucial leadership skills by working through realistic scenarios in practice sessions and small groups of up to 20. You will also have plenty of opportunity to listen to and engage in Q&A with acknowledged experts in legal, policy and behavioural issues. At the end of this programme participants will leave with a stronger understanding of their key duties, a shared set of experiences from across the FT sector and a set of practical techniques for delivering their statutory responsibilities.