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.

Free Excel Care Quality Commission standards compliance templates

August 31, 2010

For those of you whose organisation is required to comply with the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Essential Standards of Quality and Safety you may find the attached Microsoft Excel(TM) template of interest.

The template allows you to self assess against each of the ‘prompts’ associated with the 28 ‘outcomes’ set by the CQC and provides scoring mechanisms to track your compliance.

The template also allows you to log details of evidence and also actions. In relation to actions to comply with CQC standards, there is also a neat little ‘actions status’ tool that monitors whether actions have been completed, are late, have been aborted or are not yet due.

Four versions of the template are attached – two for Excel 2003 and two for Excel 2007. For each of the two Excel versions there is a ‘demo’ template that provides an insight into the functionality of the tool and there is a ‘fresh’ copy of the template that you can put to immediate use within your organisation.

Please report any problems with using any of these templates to stuart@healthcaregovernance.co.uk

Download the templates by clicking on the links below:





FT seeks ‘Head of Patient and Healthcare Governance’ – Band 8d

April 11, 2010

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust is looking for a ‘Head of Patient and Healthcare Governance’ (band 8d, accountable to the medical director). The right person will have an “Excellent working knowledge of clinical governance, process redesign, risk management, safety systems, statistical information analysis complaints and claims” and a “Proven ability to think laterally at a strategic level.”

The job purpose is “To provide operational leadership for the Department of Patient and Healthcare Governance within the Medical Director’s office and be responsible for Healthcare Standards, Corporate Governance and Risk Management through the Directorate leads. The post holder has an expert role in delivering the Trust’s Healthcare Standards programme.”

“The Department has been created to provide a Trust-wide focus for patient and healthcare governance and ensure that governance issues are managed through the “eyes of the patients” irrespective of the original source of the governance issue.”

The closing date for applications is 18 April 2010.

For further information, click here.

Monitor invents ‘Quality governance’

March 26, 2010

Monitor, regulator of NHS foundation trusts, presumably still smarting from its part in the failure of NHS regulatory systems to pick up on the problems at Mid-Staffs, has come up with a new ‘type’ of governance.

Quality governance is defined by Monitor as “the combination of structures and processes at and below board level to lead on trust-wide quality performance including:
– ensuring required standards are achieved
– investigating and taking action on sub-standard performance
– planning and driving continuous improvement
– identifying, sharing and ensuring delivery of best-practice
– identifying and managing risks to quality of care”

The definition is obviously based on Monitor’s definition for clinical governance set out recently (click here) and here at Healthcare Governance Review we are pondering whether Quality governance is actually a replacement for clinical governance?

Monitor is currently consulting on its proposals for assessing applications for foundation trust status in relation to quality governance in a manner similar to how it assesses ‘financial governance.’

Download Monitor’s consultation document here. Consultations responses need to be returned to Monitor by 6 April 2010.