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Shaping Healthcare Finance

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the representative body for finance staff in the NHS. Through the 13-strong branch network and committee/special interest groups, HFMA sets and promotes the highest professional standards in financial management and corporate governance in healthcare as well as contributing towards shaping healthcare finance policy.

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Key learning from issues on NHS boards: their impact, and how to tackle them John Deffenbaugh, Director, Frontline Houston, we’ve had a problem here...

These words were calmly stated by Commander Jim Lovell on 14 April 1970, and immortalised 25 years later in the movie Apollo 13. Lovell’s phrase has become a byword for focus. For this seminar we will draw on an analysis of the letters from Monitor addressed to Chairs. These are not letters that are welcomed. Rather, they are ones that the recipient would prefer were lost in the post.

They are sent because problems have occurred in the Foundation Trust. To paraphrase, Houston, you’ve got a problem. Having analysed these letters, we see four problem areas that Commander Lovell would wish to discuss with Chairs:

• Level of understanding among board members about their business
• Quality of information and intelligence available for decision making
• Effectiveness of non-executive director challenge
• Ability to hold executive directors to account for implementation of board decisions

This Webinar will go into each of these inter-linked areas, to see what the problem is, its impact, and what can be done about it. We’ll use a range of models that bring theory to the practice, and will draw on experience from across the NHS.

John Deffenbaugh, a director of Frontline and an NHS non-executive director, will host this Webinar.
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Sep 15 2015 10:00 am
75 mins
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    There are many factors that play into a good Board decision, including the quality of Board paper, the range of options, the quality of debate, effective challenge, corporate perspective, understanding of the context, and the ability of the Chair to effectively steer discussion and move to a decision. Boards make many fewer decisions than they think they do. In observing a Board meeting, held over 7 hours with over 650 pages of papers, there was not one paper for decision.

    This Webinar will delve into decision making as one of the key roles of the Board. We’ll look at the four levels of Board engagement in decision making: rubber stamping, probing and questioning, setting strategic direction, and shadowing. For each level we’ll explore what it means for the Board and the organisation it directs. We’ll also consider a range of related factors that influence decision making:

    • Best practice in Board papers
    • Strategic versus operational focus
    • The roles of board members
    • Corporate versus functional perspective

    We’ll use a range of models to explore Board decision making, and will draw on experience from across the NHS and beyond.

    John Deffenbaugh, a director of Frontline and an NHS non-executive director, will host this Webinar.
  • The professional use of social media in healthcare is fast becoming the default way to share information ideas, support and expertise on a global scale. Join this webinar to go beyond the basics and learn how to make connecting work for you.
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    - Andrew Grant
    Research suggests that if you were a juror you would make up your mind about the accused within approximately 7 seconds. That’s before you’ve even heard a shred of evidence, and then you’d spend the remainder of the trial looking for evidence to prove you’re right.
    Whilst in the workplace, you’re not on trial, people are continually assessing and evaluating you in the context of their own experience, albeit unconsciously most of the time, and you have to be able to flourish in those conditions.
    Although you can’t change what goes on in other people’s heads, you can choose to behave in ways that have a positive effect on the people around you, and as a consequence you can achieve more of what you want to get done.

    This session will:

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    •give you the opportunity to take away some fresh thinking and ideas that will help you to transform the impact that you have on others.
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  • “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
    - Thomas Edison
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    As a leader in your organisation, it’s likely that achieving your objectives depends on being surrounded by the best possible people with the right skills and attitudes, so building an elite team, with superior abilities and qualities, is high on your list of priorities.
    Developing elite teams is both an art and a science. There’s an abundance of tools and techniques you can use with your teams, but also a growing body of academic research that can guide you towards the best of those tools and techniques.
    In this one hour webinar……
    •you’ll discover how an elite team thinks, feels and behaves
    •You’ll explore the 10 factors that will help you to develop an elite team, backed up by academic research
    •and you’ll take away some practical solutions to apply straightaway

    Join Bev Holden & Kate Hargreaves from The Clear Thinking Partnership and find out more.
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    The good news is that the secret to mastering these two aspects of personal performance lies within all of us and is surprisingly simple.
    In this one hour webinar……
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    feelings of confidence and resilience more of the time
    •you’ll learn how to find freedom from the thinking that holds you back from being supremely confident and resilient, no
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    •you’ll discover some simple and practical approaches for boosting confidence and resilience that will have immediate
    implications for you in your work and life

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