Department of Health publishes PCT board development specification

The Department of Health has published its PCT board development specification as part of its PCT board development framework, which has the following four strands:

a) Publish a clear specification (this document) which PCTs can choose to use locally (and with other PCTs) to procure a board development programme – by the end of May
b) Put in place a framework of pre-qualified providers with known ability to deliver the board development specification – by the end of August
c) Work with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to review their current PCT board development diagnostic tool and if necessary update this to fit more closely with world class commissioning – by the end of August
d) Publish a clear statement on the role and constitution of a PCT board, along with a model of good practice – in the summer

The purpose of the specification document is to fulfil part (a) of the four strands outlined above, providing PCTs with a specification that can be used at a local level to procure board development support. The specification will also be used as the basis for the national board development framework (part (b) above); the framework of pre-qualified providers will be available by the end of August.

The specification can be downloaded here.

See also the following Healthcare Governance Review posts:

1. DH seeks ‘expressions of interest’ in the provision of PCT board development
2. ‘Commissioning Assurance’ – Department of Health reinvents ‘controls assurance’ for PCTs

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