What is Governance
Governance is "the system by which an organisation directs and controls its functions and relates to its stakeholders” HM Treasury
In other words, the way in which organisations:
- manage their business
- determine strategy & objectives
- go about achieving these objectives
Board Governance Self Assessment Tool
DoH Arm’s Length Bodies Boards are required to complete a Board Governance Self Assessment Tool on an annual basis.
The tool assesses the effectiveness of board composition & commitment; board evaluation, development & learning; board insight and foresight; and board engagement and involvement.
National Audit Office Audit Committee Checklist
DOH Arm’s Length Bodies are required to complete the National Audit Office Audit Committee Checklist, on an annual basis as recommended as best practice by the National Audit Office. Audit Committees can assess their performance against best practice using the checklist.
Controls Assurance Standards
22 Controls Assurance Standards which have been developed by the Department to support the embedding of organisation-wide risk management in HSC bodies.
Reporting Compliance with Controls Assurance Standards
Guidance on Reporting Compliance with Controls Assurance Standards has been developed.
Risk Register Guidance
Guidance on how to populate a Risk Register was developed under the auspices of the NHS Health and Care Standards Unit. The DHSSPS commends it to the HSC as a useful and informative piece of guidance material.