A team at Manchester University Business School, led by Professor Naomi Chambers, have published a study of boards of high performing organisations in the NHS.
The researchers identified the top 19 NHS organisations in England using a combination of measures. They included metrics over several years to exclude sheer good luck or unsustained high performance. Then, from publicly available information, including analysis of board agendas
and minutes, they examined some of the key features of these boards in comparison with others. When they compared them with other NHS organisations the researchers found a positive link between high performing organisations and:
· CEOs being in post for longer than 4 years
· Number of women on their boards
· Contribution of non executive directors at board meetings
· Dominance of specialist/tertiary trusts over other types of organisations
The researchers emphasise that these are links rather than causal factors, but they are important enough for boards to bear in mind as they go about the business of discharging their responsibilities to ensure the care and safety of patients in their organisation.
An interesting perspective on this research is provided by the Health Service Journal (a subscription may be required).
A copy of the research report Spot the Difference: A study of boards of high performing organisations in the NHS can be downloaded here.
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