Director-General Health and Chief Executive NHSScotland
Dr Kevin Woods
T: 0131-244 2410 F:0131-244 2162
NHS Board Chief Executives
20 August 2010
Request for comments on the 'Future Approach to Governance' in NHSScotland
At the March NHS Board Chief Executives meeting earlier this year plans were presented to
strengthen governance arrangements
in the context of the development
the Quality Strategy and the publication of the report by Robert Francis QC concerning the
outcome of the Independent inquiry into events at Mid Staffordshire
NHS Foundation Trust.
These messages were also reinforced at an NHS Chairs meeting.
to all Chief
Executives to underline the fundamental importance of the need for a period of reflection and
discussion across the NHS in Scotland concerning the findings and lessons to emerge from
the Francis Inquiry and previous
reports in relation to events at Mid Staffordshire
NHS Board Chief Executives have been required to ensure there is a
substantive discussion on these issues at a forthcoming
meeting of every NHS Board.
in the NHS Board's Clinical Governance Committee, the Area Partnership
Forum, and the Area Clinical Forum.
I look forward to notification of the outcome of these
The purpose of this letter is to request NHS Boards consider the attached paper 'Future
Approach to Governance'
in the context of the current governance discussions within your
It also seeks to ensure appropriate
links to the Healthcare
Quality Strategy for
I would welcome views on the content of the paper. Responses should consider potential
implications of the proposed approach for your NHS Board. I would welcome the inclusion of
of your current governance
how this may need to develop,
together with examples of developments currently underway.
I would be grateful if you could provide this to Mark Aggleton by 15 October firstname.lastname@example.org
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