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29 September 2022 at

Governance Across Partnerships

AY, GGI, 360

This event examined two fundamental aspects of governance: ‘Establishing objectives’ and ‘Risk management’ and considered how they can be best achieved across partner organisations with different aims, performance targets, pressures and financial incentives.

Our huge thanks to all of those who attended this event. It was a really informative and interesting day.

Slides from the day are here

Videos of each of the presentations are available on the following YouTube lnks:

Dr Chris Clayton

Aidan Rave

Mason Fitzgerald & Siân Gascoigne

Phil Robson

Alex Rothwell

Steve Connor

Agenda & Speaker Biographies

Governance across Partnerships Agenda (29 September 2022) 

Speaker Biographies

25 June 2021 at

Provider Collaboratives and Place Arrangements

Audit Yorkshire ran another virtual event in conjunction with 360 Assurance and Browne Jacobson focusing on Provider Collaboratives and Place arrangements.

The event was chaired by Sir Neil McKay and included presentations from:

  • Provider Collaboratives and Place – Gerard Hanratty, Partner and Head of Health and Christian Dingwall, Partner
  • Place perspective – Tim Guyler, Assistant Chief Executive, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

The presentations can be found below:

Provider Collaboratives - Browne Jacobson

Provider Collaboratives- NUH Insight

11 September 2020 at

Risk Management

We are very grateful to Dr Ruth Murray-Webster for speaking at this tailored event for NHS NEDs and Senior Risk Managers.

Ruth is a highly-qualified and respected business consultant, with broad experience in managing organisational change in a cross-cultural context and across a wide range of sectors. She describes herself as “a change and risk specialist – a director, advisor, facilitator, speaker and writer committed to helping you unlock potential performance.”

The slides from the event can be viewed here

2 March 2020 at

Partnership Working

This event took place on 2 March 2020 in York and was aimed primarily at Audit Committee members, although open to all officers who attend these committees.

The focus was on partnership working and how STPs/ICPs/ICSs can start to develop effective governance, risk management and assurance processes despite not being statutory organisations.

Speakers on the day included:

  • Helen Arthur - Deputy Head System Transformation, at NHS England & NHS Improvement
  • Dr John Bullivant, Chair of Advisory Committee at Good Governance Institute (former Chairman)
  • Chris O'Neill - Programme Director at Humber Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership
  • Gerard Hanratty – Partner and Head of Health at Browne Jacobson LLP

Please click on the link below to view the presenters’ slides:

Combined slides

Please click on the links below to access the documents referred to by Dr John Bullivant in his presentation:

Audit-Committee Maturity Matrix Final July 2019

Items removed from AC Maturity Matrix



GGI Integration Joint-Boards Maturity Matrix

GGI Risk Appetite Matrix

GGI NatComm Modern Governance in the Public-Sector

13 January 2020 at

Workforce Assurance

This event was aimed primarily at Audit Committee and Workforce/People Committee members, although open to all officers who attend these committees.

The event examined some of the workforce challenges across the NHS and innovative ways to approach them. It also looked at the assurance that People/Workforce Committees should be receiving and how this differs from the assurance the Audit Committee require.

External speakers: Danny Mortimer (NHS Employers), Kevin Moynes (ELH NHST), Debbie Hollings-Tenant (NHS Leadership Academy), Jonathan Austin (Best Companies) and Steve Banks (NHC NHS FT)

Full agenda can be seen here:

Agenda Workforce Assurance

Outputs from the event:

Presenter's Slides

Responding to the Recruitment Challenge

Audit Committee members may also be interested in reviewing our AGS Workforce Strategies Benchmarking report which examines how Trusts dealt with the new requirement to include a declaration on Workforce Strategies in their Annual Governance Statements.

30 September 2019 at

Finance, Performance & Cyber Assurance

Principal Hotel, York

This event was aimed primarily at Audit Committee and Finance Committee members, although open to all officers who attend these meetings.

The event focussed on the relationship between the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee, examining their different functions in relation to receiving and providing assurance around finances and IT/cyber.


Finance Performance Cyber Assurance Agenda

Outcomes of the event:

Finance, Performance & Cyber Assurance Event Slides

Providers BAF Benchmarking Report

CCGs GBAF Benchmarking Report

Phishing Benchmarking Report

Use of Resources benchmarking

1 July 2019 at

Quality Assurance

This event was aimed primarily at Audit Committee and Quality Committee members, although it was open to all officers who attend these committees.

See the agenda below:

Quality Assurance Agenda

Output from the event:



Audit Committee Sub-Committees Final

Quality Governance Reflections

2 April 2019 at

The Effective Audit Committee

Due to its popularity this event was run twice on 4th March 2019 (at the Principal Hotel, York) and 2nd April 2019 (at the Holiday Inn, South Normanton).

 This event was aimed primarily at Audit Committee members but was open to all client officers who attend Audit Committees.

Effective Audit Committee Agenda

Outputs from the event:

Effective Audit Commitee Event Slides

Audit Committee Maturity Matrix

Annual Governance Statements - A discussion paper

23 October 2018 at Principal Hotel, York

Topical Issues

This event was aimed at Audit Committee Members, Finance Directors and Governance leads and covered key issues within the NHS.

Attendees gained valuable knowledge on relevant topics along with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other organisations.

The morning featured presentations on these key topics:

  • The Board Assurance Framework - John Bullivant, Chairman, Good Governance Institute
  • The NHS Contract - Catherine Fawlk, Associate, Browne Jacobson
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP

5 March 2018 at Principal Hotel, York

The Effective Audit Committee

We hosted our annual Audit Committee event on Monday 5th March 2018 at the Principal Hotel, York.

Topics included

  • CQC’S new Well Led Requirements - What this means for the Audit Committee
  • Bradford District Care Trust’s Experience of the New Inspection
  • Working in Partnership to  Deliver Integrated and Accountable Care
  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans - the Developing Agenda
  • North East Lincolnshire: Working in Partnershi

6 March 2017 at The Principal York (previously Royal York Hotel)

The Effective Audit Committee

Confirmed Topics and Speakers include:

  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) - What are the key governance challenges? Chris O'neill - STP Programme Director for Humber Coast and Vale and Katherine Bryant, Governance & Board Secretary, Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Freedom to Speak Up - What the Audit Committee needs to know Lisa Smith - Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cybercrime - How do you govern what you don't understand? Jay Abbott - Managing Director, Falanx Cyber Defence


Chris O'neill - Ambition Controversy and Governance

Katherine Bryant - STP a commissioner perspective

Lisa Smith - Freedom to Speak Up

27 January 2015 at Royal York Hotel, York

Topical Issues: Working in Partnership

For NHS auditors run by the NHS Training Group.

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge on relevant topics along with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other organisations.

9 March 2015 at Royal York Hotel

The Effective Audit Committee; Quality and Safety

Aimed primarily at Audit Committee Members but also of interest to other leads.

The theme will be Quality and Safety, and the event will be run jointly between NYAS and WYAC.

12 May 2015 at Royal York Hotel, York

Auditor 1 Development Course

This interactive two day course is designed to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the purpose, principles and process of Internal Audit. A mix of theory sessions and an integrated case study are used to take delegates through the audit process from start to finish.

This event is aimed at trainee auditors.

15 September 2015 at Leeds Marriott Hotel

Commissioning Care in Partnership

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge and understanding of emerging issues related to the changing commissioning landscape in the NHS, along with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other organisations.

This event is aimed at Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body members, but would also be of interest to NHS providers and Local Authority colleagues.

Topics to include;

Implementation of the 5yr Forward View – new structures and ways of working
a. Political context
b. Changes since the election
Integrated Commissioning Programme for Sheffield CCG and Sheffield LA
Harrogate Vanguard site – New care models
The Better Care Fund – Policy update and Governance Challenges
Managing Conflicts of Interest – e.g. Primary Care Co-commissioning (including effective operation of committees)
New Procurement regulations

Speakers confirmed; Harrogate and Rural District CCG/ Harrogate District Hospital, Mazars, DAC Beachcroft, NHS England

7 October 2015 at Leeds Marriott Hotel

Quality Improvement: How do we obtain best value from Clinical Audit?

Clinical audit is a key element in improving the quality of care and health outcomes.

It focuses on aspects of care that have been identified as a priority by the individual clinician, clinical team or provider service or that have been identified at a regional, national or specialty level.

The workshop aims to bring together key stakeholders including:

Clinical Education Leads
Medical Directors
Audit and Effectiveness Teams
Audit Committee members
Internal Auditors

12 November 2015 at Leeds Marriott Hotel

TIAN Audit & Governance Conference 2015

The programme covers important issues facing both commissioners and service providers in the evolving NHS landscape.

Join us on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th of November in the centrally located Leeds Marriott Hotel for a two day conference where you will hear from some of the most eminent speakers in the public and private sectors.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn, engage and network with colleagues, catch up with old acquaintances and make new contacts

Delegates will gain an insight into the challenges in gaining assurance in the NHS from a range of eminent speakers, along with the opportunity to network with colleagues from other organisations and explore solutions to take back to
your organisation.

This event is aimed at Non Executives, Audit Committee members and those working in audit and improving governance assurance

7 March 2016 at National Railway Museum, York

The Effective Audit Committee; Contributing to a Well Led Organisation

How does the Audit Committee position itself to best support a ‘Well Led’ organisation, particularly as the range and scope of stakeholders grow alongside integration and devolution.

For a full list of topics and speakers please see the agenda.

To book a place, please email

10 February 2014 at Royal York Hotel, York

Improving Audit Committee Effectiveness Event

There have been a number of high profile reports in 2013 about quality in the NHS; Francis, Keogh and Berwick have all highlighted failings in care and made suggestions for change. This has led to an increasing expectation on NHS Boards and particularly on Audit Committees, to consider assurances about the quality of care. This event provided both current supporting information and prompt discussion in this area.

2 July 2014 at Royal York Hotel, York

Topical Issues Event

For NHS auditors run by the NHS Training Group.

15 July 2014 at Royal York Hotel, York

The Effective Audit Committee: Governance Matters Event

Aimed primarily at Audit Committee Members but also of interest to Governance and Finance leads. The theme will be Governance, and the event will be run jointly between NYAS and WYAC with support from Grant Thornton.

11 September 2014 at Royal York Hotel, York

Risk Workshop – Attempting to organise uncertainty in NHS Healthcare

A one day risk workshop for Audit Committee members, Auditors and Risk & Governance Leads.

6 November 2014 at Marriott Hotel, Leeds

NHS Annual Audit, Governance and Risk Conference

For the first time this year the event will be opened up to client Board/Governing Body members and Governance / Risk Management Leads

To book a place please visit