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Risk for NHS Risk Practitioners

NHS Providers


Embedding enterprise risk management is challenging, particularly in the healthcare sector, where issues are often recorded as risks. With wrongly categorised risks tied to multiple crises, trusts often have to take a reactive approach to risk management - limiting its value and benefits.

The Risk for NHS Risk Practitioners course, delivered by NHS Providers Board development programme in partnership with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), is for NHS risk practitioners. The course aims to help improve knowledge and understanding of what good risk management looks like and how, as risk professionals, risk practitioners can proactively support NHS trusts to be more strategic and outward looking in relation to risk.

From the ward to the board, attendees will review their current risk management frameworks to make sure they are relevant, effective, and proportionate to ensure a successful risk management approach can be adopted going forward. 

Course Objectives

The Risk for NHS Risk Practitioners course aims to improve attendees' knowledge and understanding of what good risk management looks like, and how risk professionals can proactively support NHS trusts to be more strategic and outward-looking in relation to risk.

Designed and developed to equip NHS risk personnel to take more of a partnership approach - enabling them to better support risk owners and operational and executive managers to effectively manage their risks.

By the end of the course, attendees will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the principles of risk management
  • Understand how to identify, assess and prioritise risks in the context of achieving objectives
  • Support risk owners to understand what risk actions can be taken to manage risks
  • Develop an understanding of how people react to risk situations
  • Build confidence to proactively support risk owners and managers by providing effective business support in all areas of risk management.

Who should attend?

It is aimed at those wanting to improve their knowledge and understanding of risk management and gain the tools and confidence to operate as effective risk business partners working alongside risk owners.

  • NHS risk practitioners
  • Practising or aspiring managers and leaders who are in decision-making roles in the NHS

This course is for those who don't already hold a recognised risk qualification

Course format and agenda

This course consists of nine half-day modules delivered over five full training days between April-September 2023.

The intention is to develop a peer learning network within the training cohort, and therefore it is expected that each delegate attends all modules as part of the training. By registering for this course, you are booking to attend all five training days. The dates for the next cohort are:

Day Modules Date Location
Day 1 Module 1: Context and vocabulary
Module 2: Risk identification and evaluation
Friday 28 April 2023 In-person event
Day 2 Module 3: Risk response
Module 4: Risk assurance
Friday 26 May 2023 Virtual
Day 3 Module 5: Monitoring and reporting of risk
Module 6: Risk appetite
Thursday 29 June 2023 Virtual
Day 4 Module 7: Risk strategy, policy, and guidance
Module 8: Risk Culture
Thursday 20 July 2023 Virtual
Day 5 Module 9: Being an effective risk business partner 
Awarding of certificates
Thursday 7 September 2023 In-person event

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On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate, as part of the certification requirements you will need to attend all training dates and complete and submit all assignments between training dates. For the assignments, course participants will be asked to take the learnings and apply them within their trust, keeping a learning journal of their activities and reflections. The learning journal will form part of the assessment process at the end of the course when granting certificate status.

Delegates will have access to online tutor support between the training days to provide them with a safe space to discuss topics related to the course or their trust’s ongoing risk matters.

For more information, and book your place on the course please visit the NHS Providers website.

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