How To Write A Medical Staff Meeting Agenda + Template

Date: 5 September 2023

The NHS in the UK released its guidance on good governance in the wake of the Health and Care Act 2022. The act seeks to align the health and care sectors in order to facilitate better collaboration between stakeholders and eradicate health inequalities around the country.  Within the guidelines, governance is described as “the means by which provider boards direct and control their organisations so that decision-making is effective, risk is managed and the right outcomes are delivered.”  One of the key elements in effective decision-making is efficient and productive meetings. To streamline your processes and ensure your meetings are […]

How to Create a Board Engagement Plan (And Why the Time is Now)

Date: 9 August 2023

The performance of board members is under ever-growing scrutiny, and that is displayed by the results of PwC’s Annual Corporate Directors Survey from 2022. It found that 48% of directors think one or more of their colleagues on the board should be replaced. In addition, 19% recommend replacing two or more of their fellow board members.  One of the main drivers of positive board performance is engagement, ensuring your directors give their all when preparing for meetings, in the boardroom and when following up with actions. Implementing a board engagement plan plots out the steps you can take to help […]

How to Improve Accountability in Healthcare in 6 Steps

Date: 25 July 2023

Considering the life-and-death situations that the NHS and other healthcare providers deal with on a daily basis, there is no sector of society where accountability is so important. By ensuring that all stakeholders understand their specific responsibilities within the organisation and their legal requirements, you help them perform their tasks to the standards expected by service users and the government.  However, achieving accountability in healthcare is a complex task that requires collaboration, transparency and robustly defined processes. This article explains what accountability looks like in the UK’s NHS and how to improve it across a healthcare organisation.  NHS’ definition of […]

How to Write a Board Member Agreement + Template to Align Directors

Date: 6 July 2023

A board member agreement is an internal document that clarifies the obligations, roles and responsibilities of board members, as well as their rights and the company’s expectations of them. It also formalises the agreement of the director to abide by these requirements.  Why is a board member agreement important? The aim of this document is to encourage effective service across the board, maintain focus on the aims and objectives of the company and protect directors and the organisation in the event of any legal issues.  Having a robust board member agreement for each individual on the board is an important […]

Boosting Meeting Effectiveness: Reflections on the "Key to More Productive Meetings" Webinar with David Allen

Date: 4 July 2023

Webinar SummaryDavid Allen, author of Getting Things Done, provided valuable insights into improving productivity and organisation. Allen shared his GTD methodology, which focuses on capturing, clarifying, organising, reviewing and engaging with commitments and tasks. The webinar highlighted that the brain is not designed to hold an unlimited amount of information, necessitating the offloading of tasks and reminders into an external system.  By implementing this methodology, individuals can achieve a clearer and more focused mindset, leading to increased productivity and effectiveness in meetings and daily work.  Key highlights: This article takes readers through the key points covered in the webinar and […]

The Good Clinical Governance Checklist for Modern Healthcare Providers

Date: 3 July 2023

The NHS guidance on good governance and collaboration, released in October 2022 following the implementation of the Health and Care Act 2022, signalled a major step in the road towards integrating the health and care systems in England.  They placed a range of requirements on the stakeholders involved with healthcare, public health and social care in each area of the country in order to help them promote equality and address health challenges by working together. As such, these parties should utilise a clinical governance checklist to ensure they are contributing to integrated care systems (ICPs) in the most effective way.  […]

How to Develop an Annual Operating Plan + Template

Date: 27 June 2023

You may have heard the famous quote, “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” supposedly by Abraham Lincoln.  It highlights the importance of planning and preparation in order to do the job effectively. And that is the case with an annual operating plan in business. It is a document that, when prepared correctly, will create the framework your business needs to achieve its goals.  This article helps you create the document, providing an annual operating plan template on which to base yours.  What is an Annual Operating Plan […]

The NHS Governance Guidelines Explained

Date: 14 June 2023

The Health and Care Act 2022 has been hailed for allowing NHS and care services across the country to collaborate and integrate care for those patients who use multiple different services.  Under the new structure, NHS, social care and public health services can join together to provide targeted solutions in local areas, but this brings with it the need to create a governance framework to ensure they manage risk and make effective decisions to enable the best possible outcomes. This article explores these new NHS governance guidelines.  Goals and objectives of the NHS governance guidelines These guidelines dictate how local […]

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