Hospice UK’s second conference for trustees of local hospices will this year be taking place on 13 March, in the heart of Shakespeare country at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The packed programme will feature real life case studies and opportunities to learn from the experiences of others, and for a focus on the key strategic challenges many boards are wrestling with.
Mergers and collaborations
The opening plenary will focus on mergers and collaborations. Building strong collaborations and even mergers with other hospices but increasingly with the wider end of life care sector is being discussed at a strategic and operational level across boards. However, there are many, complex challenges to consider when opening up such discussions.
On the day, you will hear from speakers who were right at the heart of the large complex merger of Birmingham and Solihull CCGs. Representatives from KPMG will also be there to give their expertise on effective collaboration and different examples of mergers, keeping in mind the critical ingredient of the “human factor”.
Power of your brand
The second plenary will focus on understanding the power of your brand. Using case studies, the session will explore why it’s important to know what your brand means to your audience, how to establish if change is needed and how to go about that change.
This will be an opportunity to learn from those with real experience, discuss how to do it, what has worked well, lessons learned and the risks involved. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions as well as debate and discuss these issues with speakers and amongst yourselves.
Implementing significant change
Refocusing and redesigning services to meet increasing demand with restricted resources is a discussion taking place at all board meetings across the UK. However, implementing significant change carries considerable risk and often comes at a hidden price.
The closing plenary will see Ann Lee, Chief Executive of St Margaret’s Hospice, share her recent experience of the public and press reaction to their decision to close an in-patient unit at the hospice. Ann will be joined by Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice, who will talk about his experience of managing the news of their hospice’s potential closure, and the public support that followed.
Book your place
Visit the Hospice UK website to find out more about this key strategic event, including a list of confirmed speakers, and to book your place: 2020 vision – does your board have it?