Loughborough University postgraduate programme in healthcare governance – next intake November 2012

February 7, 2011

This well established and popular part-time postgraduate programme in healthcare governance, run by Loughborough University School of Business and economics, will take its next intake in November 2012.

The programme accepts anyone interested in healthcare governance and with suitable qualifications and/or experience to undertake postgraduate level study. It is not always a necessity to have a first degree.

Students can study for a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Master of Science (MSc) degree in healthcare governance. The full MSc degree takes a minimum of 2 years by part-time study and includes modules on corporate governance in healthcare, clinical governance (including patient safety) and managing healthcare risk, together with a dissertation on any healthcare governance related topic.

For further information, click here.

‘Patient experience and engagement’ for GP consortia

January 31, 2011

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has published The rough guide to experience and engagement for GP Consortia.

Patient experience and engagement are key components of a sound clinical governance strategy for any health delivery organisation.

According to the Institute, “Patient and Public Experience and Engagement will be a key priority for GP Consortia.

GP Consortia will need to be proactive in seeking out the views and experience of the public, patients, their carers and other stakeholders, especially those least able to advocate for themselves.

GP Consortia who engage with their local community and build this knowledge into commissioning decisions will be better placed to offer services that are responsive and accountable.

GP Consortia that work to really understand Patient Experience will be investing public funds in services that reflect the needs, priorities and
aspirations of their local population and deliver an excellent service to patients.

GP Consortia who listen to people and communicate this process will increase understanding and confidence in using local services.”

Download The rough guide to experience and engagement for GP Consortia here.

Effective Governance Models for GP Commissioning Consortia

August 30, 2010

The Health Service Journal (12 August 2010) contains a short article by Adrienne Fresko and Sue Rubenstein (authors of ‘The Healthy NHS Board: Principles for Good Governance‘) on GP governance.

The article starts by asking “How will GP consortia be held accountable for their commissioning activities?” and ends by suggesting that “Developing a spectrum of models to support and inform local GPs and their partners could help to produce local arrangements reflecting the kind of robust governance arrangements that – in the words of The Healthy NHS Board – will give us all “confidence that health and healthcare are safe in their hands.”

Read the full HSJ article here (registration may be required).

Meanwhile, a project has been initiated by the National Leadership Council (NLC), and is supported by the Department of Health. The aim is to generate a spectrum of governance models to inform GPs as they develop local arrangements. To facilitate this, the NLC have asked Foresight Partnership, supported by King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre, to look at ways in which these principles of good governance might apply and be adapted to GP Commissioning arrangements.

For the opportunity to contribute to the debate about how to ensure robust governance for GP Commissioning Consortia please join Foresight Partnership’s new Governing GP Commissioning discussion forum.