Dec 232013

The Francis and Keogh reports highlight the need for good governance and effective NHS Non-Executive Directors

First the Francis report and now the Review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts in England by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh have highlighted the crucial role played by Non-executive directors in the NHS.

The effective NHS Non-Executive Director is an interactive one-day course specifically designed for aspiring, newly appointed and serving Non-Executive Directors of NHS Trusts and NHS provider organisations including Social Enterprises

NHS non-executive directorThe course provides an essential grounding in corporate governance in the context of the NHS and wider healthcare provision during a period of great change.

In order to be effective members of an NHS or healthcare provider board, NHS Non-Executive Directors need to fully understand their roles and responsibilities particularly with respect to the identification and management of risk, accountability, oversight, assurance and governance.

Recent high profile incidents such as Mid Staffordshire and Winterbourne View have thrown into the spotlight the important role that Non-Executive Directors have in ensuring that the needs of patients and service users are met in a safe, clinical environment. Using appropriate case studies, the course explores ways in which Non-Executive Directors can address these often sensitive and sometimes uncomfortable issues.

The course covers:

  • the role of the Non-Executive Director in healthcare including governance structures of NHS and Foundation Trusts and the relationship with Governors
  • NHS Directors’ duties and liabilities – the similarities and differences between the Combined Code and the NHS code of Corporate Governance
  • the NHS Non-Executive Director skill-set & Case Studies
  • Securing an NHS Non-Executive Director position

Who should attend?

Individuals who are aspiring, newly appointed or serving Non-Executive Directors of NHS Trusts and NHS provider organisations including Social Enterprises.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies the roles and responsibilities of a non-executive director on an NHS or NHS provider board
  • Provides practical guidance on how to address the particular challenges of governance in a healthcare context

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • understand corporate and clinical governance in the current healthcare environment
  • be effective in your role as a Non-Executive Director in healthcare
  • demonstrate the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of good governance
  • learn from recent corporate governance failures to improve the effectiveness of your board
  • confidently discharge your legal and fiduciary duties as a Non-Executive Director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private, public and voluntary sectors including the NHS. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (

Key Details
Duration: 1 day

Orchard Street Business Centre
14 Orchard Street
BS1 5EHPrice:
£330.00 (ex VAT)Payment with Booking Price:
£300.00 (ex VAT)NEDworks Tier1 Member Price:
£280.00 (ex VAT)Book Now
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The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook
Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning

Courses can be delivered ‘in-house’ to a group of Non-Executive Directors – to find out more contact or call 01173 827 820