Open University NHS governance project

October 23, 2011

Readers may already be aware that full details, including reports, an NHS/SDO funded project on NHS governance carried out by the Open University are available on the Open University website here.

Notable quote: Boards and strategy

October 22, 2011

“The board’s role in large organisations is not to formulate strategy, but rather to set the context of strategy. It does this in a number of ways: through setting and actively reviewing the corporate definition – the ‘What business are we in’ question; through the gatekeeping function – actively assessing and reviewing strategic proposals, and often changing proposals through comment and advice..………..”

Boards at Work: How directors view their roles and responsibilities – Philip Stiles and Bernard Taylor (2002)

Can anyone help a PCT NED with her research looking at the governance contribution of PCT NEDs?

October 14, 2011

Joy Tweed is a Primary Care Trust (PCT) non-executive director (NED) and she would like to ask for your help. She’s undertaking research for her PhD at the School of Management, Birkbeck, University of London, looking at the contribution of non-executive Directors to governance within PCTs and she wishes to interview current and former PCT NEDs about their experiences of PCT governance.

Although the abolition of PCTs is planned for April 2013 this research will contribute to the debate on the NED role within the NHS and the wider public sector. It will identify the contribution NEDs can make to good corporate governance and public accountability. The research should be of benefit to Clinical Commissioning Groups as they consider the composition of their boards, the contribution an independent director can make to the work of the board and what ensures good corporate governance.

Joy is keen to contact both current PCT NEDs and those who stepped down earlier this year when PCTs moved to cluster working. If you are in contact with former PCT NEDs who may be willing to be interviewed about their experiences of being a PCT NED, please could you bring this post to their attention?

If you are willing to be interviewed please contact Joy on

Thank you!

Healthcare Governance Review receives it’s 100,000th ‘hit’

October 7, 2011

Some time on the evening of Thursday 6 October 2011 recorded its 100,000th ‘hit’.

This means that since the site was established in January 2009 it has received an average of a little over 3000 hits per month.

The statistics show that the most popular day on the site was January 10 2011 with a total of 377 hits.

I’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who visit the site and do hope you will continue to find the site useful. Please e-mail me on if you have any comments or suggestions regarding the site.

Stuart Emslie, Editor.

Risk and Patient Safety 2012

October 7, 2011

Healthcare Conferences UK have announced that the twelfth annual Risk and Patient Safety conference will take place Thursday 2 February 2012 — Friday 3 February at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London

The conference will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from some of the leading speakers in patient safety, risk management and improvement, and to learn directly from a range of successful safety initiatives being implemented across the UK.

Further information will be available in due course here.

To register your interest please email

Scooby Doo rated as ‘most active’ children’s TV programme

September 17, 2011

According to research published by the Department of Health (click here) Scooby Doo has been ranked as the most active children’s TV programme, ahead of Shaun the Sheep, Lazy Town, Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and Tom and Jerry.

PCP Research Consultants analysed the top 20 children’s programmes and characters shown on UK TV channels in November and December 2010. Each character was rated on their activity levels and received marks for good behaviours such as walking short journeys and playing sport. Whilst Scooby Doo came out as the most active programme overall, the most active individual character was Sportacus in Lazy Town, followed by Scooby Doo himself.

Based on the research, the Department of Health’s ‘Change4Life’ initiative is teaming up with super hero Sportacus from Lazy Town to inspire children around the country to ditch their junk food and tuck into more ‘Sports Candy’ (i.e. fruit and vegetables!).

IRM launches risk appetite & tolerance guidance

September 17, 2011

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has produced a guidance paper to provide guidance to directors, risk professionals and others in relation to that part of the UK Corporate Governance Code that states that “the board is responsible for determining the nature and extent of the significant risks it is willing to take in achieving its strategic objectives”. However, the IRM hopes that the guidance will have far broader resonance with anyone interested in the subject of Risk Appetite and Risk Tolerance [including those in healthcare Ed.].

Either the executive summary or the full guidance paper Risk Appetite & Tolerance can be downloaded here.