Monitor invents ‘Quality governance’

Monitor, regulator of NHS foundation trusts, presumably still smarting from its part in the failure of NHS regulatory systems to pick up on the problems at Mid-Staffs, has come up with a new ‘type’ of governance.

Quality governance is defined by Monitor as “the combination of structures and processes at and below board level to lead on trust-wide quality performance including:
– ensuring required standards are achieved
– investigating and taking action on sub-standard performance
– planning and driving continuous improvement
– identifying, sharing and ensuring delivery of best-practice
– identifying and managing risks to quality of care”

The definition is obviously based on Monitor’s definition for clinical governance set out recently (click here) and here at Healthcare Governance Review we are pondering whether Quality governance is actually a replacement for clinical governance?

Monitor is currently consulting on its proposals for assessing applications for foundation trust status in relation to quality governance in a manner similar to how it assesses ‘financial governance.’

Download Monitor’s consultation document here. Consultations responses need to be returned to Monitor by 6 April 2010.

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