Mark Redhead NHS Policy Update

Governor Development
20 July 2012
FTN Policy Update
20 July 2012
Governors Development
Programme - Cambridge
Mark Redhead
Head of Policy
Context - opportunities and challenges
• Finances
• Quality
• The Francis inquiry
• Health and Social Care Act
• Integration and service transformation
• Workforce, education and training
• Nicholson Challenge - £20bn by 2015
• Revised now to £50bn by 2020 – at least 2% p.a. for next decade
• Cost improvement and sustainability – 5.7%
• Monitor assumptions – living the downside
Finances 2
• Many current financial problems are systemic
• Has not been a clear national story/ leadership around the
need to change the NHS and moving services out of hospitals
• NHS sustainability linked with social care future funding
• South London Healthcare Trust in administration – test of
Finances 3
• Tariff levers and providers being loaded with risk
• 30% for non-elective admissions over 2008-9 levels
• No reimbursement for readmissions within 30 days –
though some progress here.
• Supposed commissioner investment in service change - where
has the money gone?
• Contract penalties, for example on C Diff add to risk – how
enforceable are these fines?
• Demand management – non-elective continues to rise
Can The Pattern Of Increased Demand Be Halted?
increased 11.8%
2004 -9, with a
large increase in
short stay
• Maintaining quality improvement alongside finances
• Role of FT Boards and commissioners
• Dialogue with patients, members, governors – bespoke measures
• CQC role
• Patient safety and service re-design: political barriers
• Mid-staffs, Francis, how to achieve an open learning culture
• FTN work on quality landscape
Quality - regulation of the system
• Market entry standards vs. performance improvement
• CQC leadership agrees Boards drive quality
• Thought leadership – first CQC market report out now, focus
on maternity
• judges non-compliance against standards – getting a rounded
• proportionate judgements
• consistency
Francis report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS FT
• Expected October
• Possible focus on regulatory rather than cultural
solutions? E.g. regulation of managers, prescribed
staffing ratios
• Regulation on top of proposed regulatory landscape
could paralyse the service
• Response around learning cultures?
Health and Social Care Act
• Need to make sense of what has emerged – an
implementation challenge on an unprecedented scale.
• Six months to get the building blocks and the rules right in the
secondary regulations
• But behaviours also important - Provider-commissioner
relationships critical to bring about the necessary system
Health and Social Care Act – key functions
• Commissioning
• Provision
• Regulation
• Integration
System Infrastructure in new NHS – key actors
SoS accountable to Parliament through outcomes framework (COF)
NICE: Standards Setting informing the COF
National Commissioning Board/CCGs
Health and Well Being boards
Quality Regulator (CQC)
Foundation Trust Regulator (Monitor Mark 1)
Sector Regulator (Monitor Mark 2)
Health Education England (Education and Training System)
Plurality of providers – but FTs clearly the dominant type and a
source of system stability in the transition
• NICE: sets standards that commissioners can use
• NHS Commissioning Board
- Responsible for delivering the outcomes framework
- Sets incentives for tariff pricing (i.e. the currencies)
- Authorises, supports and oversees CCGs - power devolved
against authorisation framework, in waves
- Commissions at national level
• Clinical Commissioning Groups
- commission local services
- drives quality through contracts with national core
Commissioning issues
• Commissioners need a sophisticated understanding of local
service dependencies to avoid unintended de-stabilisation of
• Will they support necessary service reconfiguration?
• Challenge of commissioning for outcomes across the system –
acceptance of risk, innovation and new partnerships
• Need for longer term contracts to enable integration and
alignment of funding models/incentives with primary and social
• Clarity on managing conflicts of interest
Health and wellbeing boards: integration
• A process of designing, integrating and commissioning services
across localities
• Not just meetings of a Board.
• Membership: who has money to spend?
• Expected to be small
• Engagement with providers important – opportunity for FTs to
deliver on integration through collaborative leadership
• Designed around work streams – e.g. childrens’ services, later life
NHS Foundation Trust freedoms
• Private Patient Income Cap lifted from 1 October 2012
Principal purpose test so that non-NHS income limited to 49%:
no more than 5% increase in any one year without governor
consent; intentions included in forward plans though
commercially sensitive information exempt.
• Other changes come in from April 2013
• Open Board meetings
• Limits on borrowing are removed
• New powers for governors /…….
Part 4 of the act, the board and governors
• ‘The general duty of the board of directors, and of each director
individually, is to act with a view to promoting the success of the
corporation so as to maximise the benefits for the members of the
corporation as a whole and for the public.’
• ‘The general duties of the council of governors are:
• to hold the non-executive directors individually and collectively
to account for the performance of the board of directors, and
• to represent the interests of the members of the corporation as
a whole and the interests of the public.’
The governor role
• Appoint/remove Chair and NEDs.
• Chair/NED remuneration.
• Approve/not approve appointment of CE.
• Appoint/remove auditor.
• Receive annual accounts, annual report and any auditors
The governor role - additions in 2012 Act
• Hold the NEDs to account.
• Represent the interests of members and the public.
• Approve/not approve mergers, acquisitions and significant
• Consider impact of non-NHS derived income on NHS work.
• Approve/not approve proposed increases of non-NHS income
of more than 5% of income.
• Jointly approve constitutional changes with the board.
What else?
• New power for governors to require one or more directors to attend
a meeting to answer questions.
• Governors to receive board agendas before the meeting and
minutes a.s.a.p. after the meeting.
• Explicit legal duty for directors to avoid conflicts of interest.
• Duty on the FT to equip governors with the skills they need to do
their job.
• Panel to advise governors.
• De-authorisation to disappear.
• Minor changes to annual reporting regime.
• Failure regime.
An increasingly autonomous all-FT public
provider sector
• NHS Trust Development Authority to manage the FT pipeline
• Continuing Monitor oversight of foundation trusts until at
least 2016, through additional license conditions – fair?
• Sector needs to develop tests for exiting the regime – risk of
“Authorisation +”? Need a future PDC Steward to be designed
Regulation, Monitor and the provider license
• Monitor responsible for sustainability of services, along with
commissioners – how Monitor and commissioners inter-act
will be critical
• Competition, integration and the patient interest
• Monitor consultations open now on the level playing field
and approach to costings – new information burden on
• Protection of services – proposed restrictions on provider
activity and system of risk pools – what of the provider
freedom to innovate and succeed?
Workforce, education and training
• Provider leadership on education, training and workforce
• Unique opportunity for employer driven workforce agenda
• Need quick wins, senior provider engagement and
flexibility across the whole workforce
• Focus on LETB development and the right relationships
with HEE nationally – FTN supporting LETB leads
The next year
• A time for making sense of the new environment
• Much still in flux
• Finance and quality remain the biggest operational challenges
• But the shape of the license will be of enormous importance
• What will commissioners do?
• How much will the new system support providers and give
them room for manoeuvre?
• Workforce is a big opportunity – need early signs of change
• The Francis inquiry report – yet more regulation?
Beyond next year - longer term strategic issues
• Incentive alignment across local health economies
• Commissioning maturity and shared solutions
• Delivering on a cost-effective quality workforce
• The innovation agenda
• Securing greater FT autonomy, protecting the taxpayer interest
• Achieving an all-FT provider sector
How the Act might affect my
governor role:
Sharing ideas
Kim Hutchings
Head of Development and Engagement
A reminder ...
Hold the board of directors to account for the performance of the trust via
the NEDs
Represent the interests of members and the public
Approve entering into any kind of significant transaction
Approve any application by the trust to enter into a merger, acquisition,
separation or dissolution
Approve any increase of 5% or more in private patient income
Approve amendments to the constitution
Require one or more directors to attend a meeting for the purpose of
obtaining information about the Trust’s or directors’ performance
Receive Board of Directors meeting agendas before and minutes after
Board meetings
• The trust must take steps to ensure that governors are
equipped with the skills and knowledge they require to
undertake their role.
New national training programme for governors
• Department of Health initiative
• Four distinct packages:
• General awareness/pre-induction training to help members
make an informed decision on applying to become a governor
• Governor induction to support locally provided training from
the host FT
• Core skills including finance, strategy, quality
• Specialist skills eg. legal, audit, remuneration responsibilities
Just outside the main room.
Workshop 1:
NED appointments – Study centre 2
Accountability in action – Main room
Understanding finance & business – Study centre 8
Workshop 1:
NED appointments – Study centre 2
Effective questioning and challenge – Main room
Representing member views – Study centre 8
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