The NHS National Leadership Council has launched The Healthy NHS Board: Principles for Good Governance, highlighting the critical role boards play in ensuring that quality, centred on patient safety, effective care and patient experience, is at the heart of the NHS. The guidance explains that boards have three key roles:

  • to formulate strategy:
  • ensure accountability: and
  • to shape a positive culture for their organisation.

Success is built upon a sound understanding of the local and national context, effective use of intelligence and proactive engagement with patients, the public, staff and local partners. All this and more is explained in the document, which also sets out the key responsibilities of health service leaders. The guidance can be accessed here.