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 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.