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Trust guidance boosts importance of leadership

Trust guidance boosts importance of leadership

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A report which showcases best practice for healthcare boards has been updated to reflect suggestions of the Francis report. 

First published in 2010, The Healthy NHS Board: Principles for Good Governance acts as a one-stop guidance document for all healthcare boards to be able to govern more effectively and build patient, public and stakeholder confidence in the quality and safety of their Trusts.

The updated document now has a larger focus on the importance of accountable leadership and shaping organisational culture. 

The report states: “Effective boards shape a culture for the organisation which is caring, ambitious, self-directed, nimble, responsive, inclusive and encourages innovation. 

“A commitment to openness, transparency and candour means that boards are more likely to give priority to the organisation’s relationship and reputation with patients, the public and partners as the primary means by which it meets policy and/or regulatory requirements.” 

Commissioned by the NHS Leadership academy, the review built upon the original 2010 engagement of 1,000 NHS staff and board members. 

The Healthy NHS Board refresh supports the NHS Leadership Academy’s approach and development of the Board Effectiveness Review Tool, so that all NHS Trusts are supported and receive continuous development advice and guidance.

Jan Sobieraj, managing director of the NHS Leadership Academy, said, “The NHS has changed a lot over the last three years and we therefore felt that the Healthy NHS Board 2013 should reflect these developments.

“Particularly following the recent reforms and the publication of the Francis report earlier this year, the landscape of the system has changed significantly and we know trusts are aware of their role within the system to ensure that they have the most effective structure, resources and approach to achieving the best possible service for their local populations.

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