Policy Governance© taken up by another NHS body
More evidence comes of the spread of Policy Governance © with news of a new PG implementation project within a NHS Trust. I am working (writes Val Moore) with John Bruce whose experience of implementing PG in a NHS context was the topic of a past blog about the success of Policy Governance © in Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Crystal Clear about Ends and Means
Over the past year or two there has been considerable interest in the principles of Policy Governance© which emphasises the importance of separating the role of the Board – which is governance – from the role of the Chief Executive – which is management. Policy Governance© stresses that the Board should be acting on behalf of the owners who can be defined as both legal and moral “owners” and concentrating on the “ends” of the organisation i.e. what benefit the organisation is producing, for whom and at what cost. The “means” whereby the organisation fulfils its “ends” are the business of the Chief Executive and Policy Governance is crystal clear on delegation and accountability.
A number of organisations within the NHS are looking with interest at Policy Governance© and with my colleagues on the Board of the UK Policy Governance Association and the Governance Corporation, I am enjoying the opportunity to spread the word.
Essential Reading for PG Disciples
And talking of “the word”, Caroline Oliver founder member of the International Policy Governance Association as well as current Chair of the UKPGA has just written Getting Started with Policy Governance – bringing purpose, integrity and efficiency to your Board ( Jossey-Bass January 2009). This is essential reading for any Board member who wants to “up their game” and is the ideal follow up to John Carver’s Boards that Make a Difference (Jossey-Bass 2006) which is the “bible” for policy governance. Check the UKPGA site and Caroline’s own site for more information.
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