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.


South Tees FT needs Deputy Director of Healthcare Governance and Quality: Closing date 23 Oct 2009

October 10, 2009

Following a major Trust-wide review of their Governance structures, South Tees are looking for someone to provide the strategic leadership and corporate management of Clinical Governance within the Healthcare Governance Directorate. This will involve working closely with the Medical Director and Director of Nursing and Patient Safety. It will also involve working with the Head of Corporate Affairs and the Head of Financial Governance and Control to ensure that the Trust achieves integrated governance. The successful candidate will deputise for the Executive Directors on Governance issues and be part of the Trust’s senior management team. He/she will lead a team covering a comprehensive range of associated functions: NICE and NPSA guidance, Clinical Audit, NHSLA and CQC compliance.

Educated to Masters Degree level the successful candidate will need to have significant experience of working in a senior management position in a complex organisation. He/she will possess a comprehensive understanding of clinical governance and the requirements of the External Regulators and will need to be a dynamic and transformational leader with experience of developing corporate policy, strategy and preparing and presenting Board papers.

Successful candidates will be required to attend the selection process on Monday 16 November 2009.

The post is advertised as 37.5 Hours Per Week and Agenda for Change terms and conditions Band 8D with Salary Range: £63,833 – £79,031 pa plus Pension and Staff Benefits

For informal enquiries, or to arrange a visit, please contact Sue Wooding on (01642) 854697 or email Sue.wooding@stees.nhs.uk

Closing Date: 23 October 2009


NHS Governance Study day, 17 November, London

September 3, 2009

Join expert speakers for “an essential, one-stop guide to the ins and outs of NHS governance.”

The Health Service Journal is running eight key information sessions, over one study day, on 17 November 2009 in Central London.

The information sessions/speakers are: 

– Linda Hutchinson, Director of Registration at the Care Quality Commission to gain a comprehensive overview of what this new era of regulation will mean for NHS governance systems
 – Get to grips with quality assurance – hear from Lynn Betts, an Independent Consultant from Quality Governance Limited, and the first ever NHS Director of Governance
 – Gain a comprehensive understanding of clinical, corporate and information governance and examine how they interact from Stuart Emslie, Assistant Director of the Centre for Corporate Ethics at Birkbeck London University and Visiting Fellow at Loughborough University Business School
 – Join a team of board level development experts – Jay Bevington and Sai Shanmugarajah from Deloitte and Deborah Arnot and Deborah Chafer from NHS North West Leadership Academy – and hear what more can be done to support board level development in your organisation
 – Understand what good integrated governance looks like and how it works in practice. Hear from Brian Terry, Head of Integrated Governance for NHS Gloucestershire about the fundamental differences between the current and historic systems of governance
– Gain an insight into how the delicate tensions of PCT governance can be balanced and what PCT governance will look like post-divestment with a presentation from Enfield PCT
– Explore the new demands on governance systems which come with the achievement of FT status in a session devoted to securing your understanding of FT governance
 – With NHS governance systems increasingly having to transcend organisational boundaries, the systems and processes of governance between organisations have never been more important. Hear how to overcome the challenges of governance between organisations from Dr John Bullivant, Director of the Good Governance Institute

According to the HSJ, this essential day gives you the unique opportunity to really understand the ins and outs of NHS governance.

For further information on the event, and to secure your place, click here.


NHS Governance 2009 conference a success

June 29, 2009

The Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) annual NHS governance conference held over 3-days at Earls Court in London this week attracted over 300 delegates across the different days, with some attending two or all three days.

The conference was a great success with a host of excellent speakers plus good audience participation during panel sessions, etc.

The general state of chaos and confusion around governance and management was a key issue to come out of the event. The speaker from the new Care Quality Commission added to the confusion by saying that “governance relates to consistent management, cohesive policies, processes and decision rights for a given area of responsibility.” This is a new definition that does not align with the myriad definitions already in place in various NHS guidance documents, and does not conform to key thinking about governance. Interestingly, another speaker coined a ‘new’ governance term at the event. Professor Paul Stanton spoke about “intelligent governance.” Healthcare Governance Review looks forward to the day that the subject of governance in the NHS will be addressed ‘intelligently’ by the Department of Health and associated agencies and bodies, including the new Care Quality Commission!

The presentations from the event should be posted on the web for free download by 3 July. When available, download the presentations by clicking here.


Forthcoming book – Governing the New NHS

April 19, 2009

The authors of the Integrated Governance and Governance between Organisations publications, Michael Deighan, John Bullivant and Andrew Corbett-Nolan, are involved in a new book due for publication on 28 February 2010 by Routledge.

Currently titled Governing the New NHS – Issues and Tensions in Health Service Management (sic) the book will build on the authors’ collective experience of their approach to governance that they have been promulgating across the UK NHS.

According to the publisher’s information on the book, “Governing the New NHS makes sense of the new systems and will enable anyone interested in healthcare governance to navigate their way confidently through the confusion. It describes, assesses and critiques the new governance arrangements. It examines how they are working in practice, reporting on how practitioners are making sense of, and responding to, the difficulties and paradoxes that arise. The book:

– Explains current governance arrangements and explores related issues and tensions – such as those between the devolved countries, and primary and secondary care trusts.
– Discusses the roles and interrelationships of boards and effective board practice.
– Debates the nature of effective governance and how to do it well
– Looks at how to ensure seamless governance and service provision in a fragmented NHS – avoiding gaps and problems between different health service providers.”

Whilst Healthcare Governance Review has previously been critical of the authors’ apparent understanding of the distinction betweeen governance and management (e.g. click here and note also the proposed title and strapline for the book, above!), nevertheless this book will undoubtedley be an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in healthcare governance.

For further information, click here.


Forthcoming HSJ Governance Challenge and 5th annual NHS Governance conference

February 14, 2009

Looking ahead to 2009 and beyond, immense challenges can be seen which will test even the most robust NHS governance systems. The Health Service Journal (HSJ) has lined up a number of exciting events in March and June. Click here for further information on the HSJ Governance Challenge and pre-study day Fundamentals of NHS Governance (24/25 March 2009 in Birmingham) and click here for details about the 5th annual HSJ NHS Governance Conference (23-25 June, London). Don’t miss these important events.


View presentations from HSJ conference ‘Intelligent information for effective governance’

January 29, 2009

The Health Service Journal conference Intelligent information for effective governance, held on 22 January 2009 in London, attracted around 170 people and was a great success.

Speaker presentations are now available for viewing by clicking here.