Opportunity for NHS boards to participate in further research into board and organisational performance

Sarah Harvey, who is studying for an MSc in Corporate Governance through the Business School at Bournemouth University, is carrying out further research on board attributes and board and organisational performance in NHS Trusts. All acute, mental health (both Foundation Trusts and non Foundation Trusts) and Primary Care Trusts should receive an invitation to complete an online survey over the next week. Sarah would be really grateful if you have a few minutes to take part.

In the unlikely event that by 5th May your Trust hasn’t received an invitation and would like to take part, please contact Sarah at sarah@healthtrustsurvey.co.uk. The closing date for responses is 3 June 2010.

The aims of the research are to:

  • review the composition of, and skills and experience on, NHS Trust Boards of Directors.
  • review what leads to an effective board and what factors are important for improving board and organisational performance in NHS Trusts.
  • assess board performance using the board self assessment questionnaire (BSAQ)
  • assess whether board attributes such as composition, and diversity in terms of age, skills, qualifications, experience etc of board members leads to better performing boards of directors.
  • assess whether there is a significant relationship between board and organisational performance in all types of trust following on from an earlier study of Foundation Trusts by Emslie (2008).
  • see if there is a difference in the results in Foundation Trusts (acute and mental health) and non Foundation Trusts (acute, mental health and primary care trusts).
  • determine whether a move to foundation status (where applicable) has (or would) improve board and organisational performance and why?

One Response to Opportunity for NHS boards to participate in further research into board and organisational performance

  1. Anthony Watson says:

    Sarah,

    I received a copy of your letter today and tried to complete the on-line survey. Unfortunately, from the Healthcare Governance Review website which the address you give in your letter took me to, I cannot find any link to the actual survey. I am a NED at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and would like to contribute to your research but at present I can find no way to do so.

    Let me know how to go about it and I’ll have another look.

    Regards,

    A V Watson

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