Boards of foundation trusts and trusts face a range of complex challenges and demands. NHS Providers has a vital role in supporting boards as they respond to a challenging policy and financial environment, as well as helping boards maintain robust governance and accountability mechanisms - both within trusts and in the context of system working.
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.
The results of a survey of company secretaries looking at aspects of governance
John Coutts discusses the vital role of NEDs and the common misconceptions of their role.
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.
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.
Policy advisor John Coutts discusses the role of governors in system working.
John Coutts discusses the role of boards, and states that as the NHS transforms to become more collaborative, there is a gap at system leadership level, where ideally a board should be.
John Coutts and Sharon Lamb explore why some boards of NHS providers report unease about existing collaboration arrangements, and give practical advice about how to manage risks.
John Coutts explores what can be achieved to remove unnecessary barriers and support collaborative working in health and care systems.
This joint publication with Hempsons sets out eight steps and considerations in working more closely with partners in accountable care systems
John Coutts looks at the lack of governance and accountability of STPs and why this presents a risk to the process
Our new report with Hempsons explores the lessons learned so far from new care models and gives tips for moving forward