Good Governance in European Healthcare: The NHS in England

June 2017

“Governance in England’s National Health Service (NHS) has been described as ‘the systems, processes and behaviours by which trusts lead, direct and control their functions in order to achieve organisational objectives, safety and quality of service and in which they relate to patients and carers, the wider community and partner organisations.”

These aspects of the governance of healthcare in the UK are closely linked to the many reformations of the NHS that have taken place under different governments.

This short technical briefing paper is one of a series that GGI has produced, exploring good governance in European countries. Throughout these papers, we have been exploring:

• How healthcare organisations are governed

• What are the principles and national drivers of good governance?

• What are the pros and cons of the current governance structure?

• What are the future challenges for governance?

• How will governance adapt to the changing healthcare environment?

These essays have been produced based on GGI’s own experience working with healthcare organisations, a review of existing literature, and from our conversations with key contacts.

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