Governance and regulation

Governance and regulation

Organisations have worked at pace to transform services and deliver care in vastly different ways – often working more collaboratively and with a different risk appetite to provide the best care for citizens. As the health and care system moves forward and thinks in a more systems way about population health, what should we learn from emerging practice? And how should we reshape governance and regulatory models to align with service transformation?

This theme will consider whether the national architecture and culture of assurance and regulation needs to change and how we might secure long-lasting improvements.

Over the last few weeks, the normal rules on governance and regulation have been changed. Across the NHS and local government, governing bodies, non-executive directors and lay members are considering how they can maintain effective governance at a time of significant and ongoing disruption. 

Working with partners, leaders are keen to re-think how to lead, govern and regulate the delivery of health and care services, and to identify opportunities to reduce bureaucracy and enable a leaner, more agile healthcare systems. 

This theme will consider:

  • What should governance, regulation and scrutiny look like as we reset, learning the lessons from the last few months? How do we avoid going back to what we know?  
  • How do we work with patients to keep them safe and learn from them about how COVID-19 transformation has impacted on their care? How can members learn best practice and new methods of governance from one another and from other sectors?
  • What are the roles of non-executive directors and lay members at this time? Can we build consensus around new ideas and emerging practices? 
  • How do we keep the lean, agile and transformative culture that has been established? And can we adapt governance and regulatory models to support that culture? 

Building on a community of interest, this theme will consider whether the national architecture and culture of assurance and regulation needs to be revised and how we might secure long-lasting change. 

Find out more

To find out more, please contact rory.deighton@nhsconfed.org 

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