Monitor, regulator of NHS foundation trusts, has published guidance on the role of boards in improving patient safety.
The guidance calls for patient safety to be given a higher priority and says that NHS boards are the critical intervention point in patient safety improvement because each board sets the agenda, investment level, culture and strategy, and its members are individually and collectively accountable for patient safety.
Although the publication was developed by Monitor for NHS foundation trusts, its principles apply equally to other NHS settings. According to Monitor, it draws on evidence and best practices from UK pilot sites, and also taps the experience of healthcare providers in other developed countries who use similar principles and approaches.
The field research and work with the UK pilot sites took place between October 2009 and March 2010.
The steering group for the publication was a diverse one. Its members were drawn from four organisations: Monitor, the Health Foundation, the National Patient Safety Agency and the Boston Consulting Group.
Download Monitor’s publication The role of boards in improving patient safety here.