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Friday 22nd June 2018

The Healthy NHS Board launched

24th February 2010

The NHS has launched new guidance designed to bring about good governance within the health service.


It has been launched by the NHS National Leadership Council and The Healthy NHS Board: Principles for Good Governance highlights the critical role boards play in ensuring good governance centred on patient safety, effective care and patient experience is at the heart of the NHS.

David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS in England and Chair of the National Leadership Council, said: “We would like to encourage boards across the health service to make use of this guide as they seek to address the challenges of improving quality for patients.

“Boards must put quality at the heart of all they do, and this guide supports boards in delivering that responsibility.”

The guidance explains clearly what good governance means for health organisations and their boards in their three key roles of formulating strategy, ensuring accountability and shaping a positive culture for their organisation.

The guidance is evidence-based and more than 1,000 people have contributed to its development, including board members, NHS staff, the Appointments Commission, the NHS Confederation and Monitor.

National Leadership Council Board Development Lead, Elisabeth Buggins, said: “The strongest boards are those who embrace an open and honest organisational culture, looking out to their patients, communities and partners.”

The NHS Confederation said the guide represented a “valuable tool in improving the performance of NHS boards for the benefit of patients, the public and staff.”

It was also welcomed by Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Appointments Commission.


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