John has been governance advisor for NHS Providers and its precursor organisations since January 2009. 

His role involves providing advice and guidance to provider organisations on a broad range of governance issues, writing on corporate governance as well as blogging and speaking on issues ranging for the role of the director and the importance of board leadership through to the purpose of regulation.

Contact Johnjohn.coutts@nhsproviders.org
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Briefing
27 May 2022

Consultation on the new draft Code of governance for NHS provider trusts

This briefing provides an overview of the code and its requirements, with a focus on what’s new or different, and includes brief summaries of its general provisions.

Briefing
27 May 2022

Consultation on draft Addendum to your statutory duties – reference guide for NHS foundation trust governors

This briefing summarises the content of the proposed addendum, and provides NHS Providers’ view.

Blog
29 Jul 2021

Dissent is too often mistaken for disloyalty in the NHS: what governors can learn

John Coutts discusses how successful collaboration between integrated care systems and their associated partnerships will need to involve good governance between organisations.

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Blog
28 Apr 2021

Dissent is too often mistaken for disloyalty in the NHS

John Coutts discusses how leading integrated care systems, their associated partnerships and collaborations successfully will need to involve good governance between organisations.

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Blog
11 Dec 2020

How many terms should foundation trust governors serve?

John Coutts discusses how many terms foundation trust governors should serve.

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Blog
08 Dec 2020

The dilemmas of system working

John Coutts, NHS Providers policy advisor, writes about the dilemmas of system working in his recent blog.

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Blog
27 Aug 2020

When we hold someone accountable, what do we mean?

John Coutts writes that accountability must be defined, and that it remains crucial that accountability is rooted alongside the legal power to decide and act.

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Survey
01 Oct 2019

Governance survey 2019

The results of a survey of company secretaries looking at aspects of governance

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Blog
25 Sep 2019

NEDs are part and parcel of the decision making process

John Coutts discusses the vital role of NEDs and the common misconceptions of their role.

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Briefing
19 Sep 2019

Managing conflicts of interest

This briefing explores the management of conflicts of interest, sharing good practice from compliant trusts to provide you with signposts to helpful tools and support.

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Blog
27 Aug 2019

Is organisational altruism possible for foundation trusts?

John Coutts argues that it is time to reconsider the emphasis placed on supposed legal constraints on foundation trusts to make decisions for the benefit of the broader public.

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Blog
07 Jun 2019

Public involvement, councils of governors and system working

Policy advisor John Coutts discusses the role of governors in system working.

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