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Corporate Governance policy

What is Corporate Governance?

Corporate Governance in the NHS can be defined as:

… the systems and processes by which health bodies lead, direct and control their functions, in order to achieve organisational objectives and by which they relate to their partners and wider community. (Audit Commission, Corporate Governance in Health Organisations, 2002)

There is broad agreement about the principles underlying good governance in the public sector. The public expects public bodies to be well run and openly accountable and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is required to demonstrate its compliance with its legal and regulatory duties and responsibilities, including those relating to:

  • The Law – The NHS Act 2006, the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and a wide range of other statutory duties
  • The NHS Constitution – which sets out the rights and responsibilities of patients and staff
  • Monitor (The Healthcare Regulator) The QE's Provider Licence
  • The Department of Health – The Operating Framework and other guidance and standards such as The Information Governance Toolkit, which covers the hospital’s management of personal and confidential information
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – setting out regulatory standards of quality and safety
  • The Nolan Principles – The seven principles of public life (link)

How does the Queen Elizabeth Hospital make sure it upholds the principles of good governance?

The QEH will continuously develop, maintain and review its corporate governance systems, polices and practices to make sure that it upholds the principles of good governance and complies with its statutory and regulatory responsibilities. These include, but are not limited to:

The QEH is subject to a range of internal, independent and regulatory assessments, to ensure that we are abiding by our policies.


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