Briefing Sheet following Council of Governors Meeting – November 2019

This summary has been produced following the latest Council of Governors meeting that was held in public on 8th October 2019. We do hope that you find the content useful.

  • During Andrew Palmers’ secondment, Karen Hansted has been appointed on a 9-12-month secondment to the role of Director of Governance and Transformation. Also seeking appointment of an interim HR director with specific focus on sickness absence and recruitment.

  • The CQC inspection has been completed and positive feedback received on core services and use of resources.

    Paget's People online conversation with staff has been well received with a leadership event planned for 26th November, also looking at how to address the issues that matter to staff.

    Since Anna Hills appointment a more proactive focus has led to visits from senior national personnel: Ann Radmore, regional director, NHS improvement/England Dr Sean O'Kelly, regional medical director Dr Lynne Wigens, regional chief nurse, and a visit by the Regional Chief Operating Officer is being planned.

  • Some funding announcements include a share of £200m for aged equipment as part of cancer screening. A share of £2.8bn as part of new hospital building programme with delivery aimed at 2025-30. Need to look at how we could use this site in future and need to be more ambitious.
 £17m for diagnostic and assessment centre as part of £70m from STP monies.

  • The launch event of Butterfly volunteers was extremely well attended. These volunteers visit patients to provide support during the late stages of life.

  • The 5-year plan for the STP is expected mid-November The first board meeting between the NNUH, QEH and JPH took place on 7th November, enabling closer contact and discussion.

    We should remember that during the present political position, we are in Purdah and must be careful when communicating externally, ensuring no political bias.

    Care at end of life annual report considered with many improvements in the past year, namely implementing the Gold Standard Framework, the launch of the Swan model.

  • Staff sickness still a main concern for the Board's Workforce Committee with a deep dive into sickness planned. Areas of high sickness include domestics, theatres and some wards. The new Staff wellbeing & engagement practitioner work is progressing.

  • The objective on workforce planning will be changing, to develop a longer-term plan and be more strategic on targeting resources.

  • Although on plan financially, challenge remains. Working on sustainable changes with transformation a real priority. Funding continues to be monitored, and it is clear that bids are more effective when done with other trusts.

    RTT targets discussed with work to limit patient waiting times and not to breach 52 weeks. 
 Data should be turned into intelligence to enable more understanding of the nature of risks.

    In considering Trust Performance, 10 indicators had not been met. The highest attendances was seen in A & E in August with 500c per month additional patients.

  • Increasing referrals for cancer make targets difficult to achieve.

  • Audit work is on plan and awaiting the Trust's Charitable Fund accounts later in the year.

  • The Lead Governor highlighted events at which governors have engaged with the public. Jane Harvey & Lyn Gibbs also attended an interview with the CQC. Various other activities include attending the Remarkable People Awards, a hugely successful event.

If you have any questions, would like clarification on any of the items covered, or have any other matters that you would like to raise please do not hesitate to contact us. You can do this via the Governors’ email which is We would welcome your feedback and look forward to hearing from you.