IoD policy paper – The Governance of NHS Trusts: Making It Work

The Institute of Directors (IoD) launched a policy paper at an in-house event in London yesterday (29 June) looking at corporate governance in NHS trusts, with an emphasis on NHS foundation trusts.

Speakers at the event included Dr William Moyes, Executive Chair of Monitor, Professor Aidan Halligan, former NHS Director of Clinical Governance and Dr Roger Barker, Head of Corporate Governance at the IoD and author of the IoD policy paper on governance in NHS trusts.

In his talk, Dr Moyes emphasised that “the role of boards is essential in the current circumstances” and reinforced the need for boards to engage in developing themselves to add value to their organisations and using independent advice in their efforts to improve their effectiveness. He said that typical performance problems Monitor had found with NHS boards included:

– Wrong board composition
– Poor board agendas
– Boards getting the wrong information
– Inadequate board behaviour

In relation to the IoD policy paper, Dr Moyes, in response to a question about the volume of governance publications and information from a wide range of bodies to the NHS, said “different perspectives [on board governance] are good and I would like to see more organisations take an interest in boards and corporate governance.” Dr Barker emphasised that the IoD paper helpfully added additional perspectives to the existing Monitor Code of Governance.

Download the IoD policy paper The Governance of NHS Trusts: Making It Work here.

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