Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
A radical new approach to governance and management powered by intelligent use of IT
As part of the preparations for the Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status in 2016, a new governance structure was put in place to meet the requirements at the time. This structure complied with NHS guidelines but was very traditional and heavy in terms of administrative load and paperwork.
The trust introduced changes, and tweaked the arrangements to optimise the effectiveness of the new approach, they commissioned an independent audit of the new and radical approach to management and governance by MIAA, these included:
- Developing a Trust Information Gateway, based on YellowFin software, which provides very current data to all interested parties in numerical, traffic light assessment and trend formats to be used in real-time at all scrutiny and management meetings
- Radically reviewing all conventional committee structure operations
- Introducing a SAFE system, to monitor clinical compliance against their clinical governance framework, that presents data in real-time to any relevant party.
The new system has reduced unnecessary administrative burden on the trust and has delivered critical information to all in real time. Most importantly the new system has built in a culture of informed positive professional challenge and support, combined with routine review of process and enhancement.
To find out more please contact Professor Michael Brown, Chair, Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust