The Department of Health has published the summary findings of Neil Goodwin’s review of allegations of bullying and harassment of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust by the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (see previous post here).
The review found “no evidence” to support the claims against East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA). However, concerns have been raised about the independence of Neil Goodwin, a former SHA chief executive (click here).
According to Mr Goodwin “Given the increasing pressures on NHS leadership and management that will result from the impact of the economic downturn on public services there is the possibility of firm performance management being interpreted as bullying or harassment.”
Key recommendations made by Mr Goodwin’s relate to improving the performance of board members and boards. In particular, he recommends that “Assessing board effectiveness should be a required component of the annual work programme for all NHS boards and the results included in performance management and regulatory assessments.”
Read the summary findings of Mr Goodwin’s report, along with NHS chief executive David Nicholson’s response here.