According to the Health Foundation, to identify the most effective ways to improve the safety and quality of the services an organisation provides to patients, boards need good information and they need to be able to interact with that information, with each other and with the organisation as a whole.
During 2010 the Health Foundation has been working with three NHS trusts to pilot a board development programme. An expert project team designed and delivered a customised programme of in-depth work for each board. The project builds on the work of, and learning from, the ‘Boards quality and safety’ project, with a mix of some new and some of the original trusts.
The interventions with board members (both executive and non-executive) were diagnostic, educative (in issues of safety and quality), reflective and developmental in nature.
The project design was completed in May 2010 and the project will run to early 2011, after which an evaluation report will be produced.
The Health Commission has funded two patient safety experts and two organisational development consultants to co-design and deliver the project.
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