Every year the Picker Institute conducts an independent survey of NHS staff, and the results of the 2013 survey were published on February 25th. In recent years, staff of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust have not given it great marks, and these latest results show the trust’s problems continuing.
A recent conversation about the membership of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust provided new insight into the membership figures that are published each year in the trust’s Annual Report, when a governor colleague made a clever suggestion that a simple experiment now shows is probably right.
On February 12th I attended a training day for NHS foundation trust (FT) governors, part of a programme branded GovernWell, run by the Foundation Trust Network (FTN). The content was superficially appealing, and the event made for a pleasant day out, but I thought it fell far short of what’s needed to train governors so that we can be effective in the role that’s envisaged for us.
Yesterday someone drew my attention to a “Compendium of Best Practice” setting out the “Foundations of Good Governance” for NHS foundation trusts, and in particular a short appendix on accountability and holding non-executive directors to account. As this is a subject that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to recently, I was intrigued. But I was also a little suspicious — and with good reason, it turns out.
Here is a further draft proposal for the Council of Governors of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, concerning the ways in which the Council can hold the Trust’s non-executive directors (NEDs) to account. This is the version that was tabled at the Council of Governors meeting on November 12th.
Monitor is consulting on a revised version of its Code of Governance for NHS Foundation Trusts, to come into effect from April 2014. The deadline for feedback is November 29th. Here is the feedback that I submitted to Monitor in a personal capacity. The 2gether NHS Foundation Trust is likely to submit feedback separately.
On October 30th I attended an awareness session run by the Alzheimer’s Society, and I became a Dementia Friend. The Dementia Friends programme has Department of Health backing and aims to involve a million people so as to create dementia friendly communities throughout England. The awareness session I attended was well run, enjoyable and worthwhile, I felt. On that basis I can thoroughly recommend the programme. However, for me some questions remained unanswered.