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Consortia must have nurse on the board, government confirms

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I DON’T THINK IT IS A SEAT ‘ON THE BOARD’: This from the DH response to the Future Forum's recommendations (it's on the DH website so in the public domain) "Governance and accountability for commissioning groups • Every commissioning group will have a governing body with decision-making powers, to ensure that decisions about patient services and use of taxpayers’ money are made in an open, transparent and accountable way. There must be at least two lay members, one with a lead role in championing patient and public involvement, the other with a lead role in overseeing key elements of governance such as audit, remuneration and managing conflicts of interest. One of the lay members will undertake either the role of Deputy Chair or Chair of the governing body. If Deputy Chair, the lay member would take the Chair's role for discussions and decisions involving a conflict of interest for the Chair. • We do not intend to prescribe in detail the wider professional membership of the governing body, but it will have to include at least one registered nurse and one doctor who is a secondary care specialist. They must have no conflict of interest in relation to the clinical commissioning group’s responsibilities, e.g. must not be employed by a local provider. • To enhance transparency and accountability, governing bodies will be required to meet in public and publish their minutes, and clinical commissioning groups will have to publish details of contracts with health service providers. • The authorisation process for clinical commissioning groups will ensure that they have robust governance requirements consistent with Nolan principles and are accountable and transparent. This will not be a one-off test: the NHS Commissioning Board will hold commissioning groups to account for this on an ongoing basis. "

Posted date

14 June, 2011

Posted time

5:55 pm

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