The Departmental Board, its Executive Board and other supporting committees ensure that:
- the Department and its Arm’s Length Bodies are delivering against its stated objectives – that we are doing the things that the public, patients, ministers and staff expect of us
- that we are doing these things as well as possible – running our business efficiently and in compliance with our statutory and other obligations
- that we have identified the risks we are facing and have plans in place to mitigate them
As we approach the final stage of transition, the governance of the transition programme needs to change to reflect the establishment of the new bodies and the movement of leadership into the new system. These changes are reflected in the new Transition Programme Governance Structure:
The Departmental Board
The Departmental Board forms the strategic and operational leadership of the Department. It focuses on high-level strategy, performance and delivery.
The Executive Board
The Executive Board exists to support the Permanent Secretary in her responsibilities as Principal Accounting Officer. It is made up of the civil servants who sit on the Departmental Board. The final meetings of the NHS Management Board and NHS Operations Board were in September 2011.
The DH, Public Health and Local Government Transition Board
From 1 October the DH, Social Care and Public Health Transition Board changed its name to the DH, Public Health and Local Government Transition Board. This is reflected in the terms of reference which can be found here: DH, Public Health & Local Government Transition Board
The NHS Transitional Executive Forum (NHS TEF)
The NHS Transitional Executive Forum has been established during the transition to provide oversite of both NHS operational delivery and development of the NHS future system as part of the overall new governance arrangements for managing the total health and social care transition.
The NHS Transitional Executive Forum oversees the design and implementation of the new health and care system from within the Department. The NHS Transitional Executive Forum manages two key programmes of work: designing the new health and care system, and implementation of that design. The NHS Transitional Executive Forum will cease to exist by the end of March 2013. This is reflected in the terms of reference which can be found here: NHS Transition Executive Forum
NHS Management Board
The NHS Management Board, which has met for the last time and will be replaced by the NHS Transition Executive Forum, supported the NHS Chief Executive in his responsibility as Accounting Officer for NHS expenditure and provided leadership for the NHS ensuring effective two-way communication, managing NHS performance and shaping policy and strategy for the NHS.
The National Leadership Council
The National Leadership Council has a central purpose to ensure that world-class leadership talent and leadership development exists at every level of the healthcare system.
The NHS Commissioning Development Board
The NHS Commissioning Development Board will work at a national level, bringing together national and regional leads to oversee commissioning development as part of the proposals outlined in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’.
The Provider Development Board
The Provider Development Board will work at a national level, bringing together national and regional leads to oversee the implementation of the new provider landscape as part of the proposals outlined in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’.
The Audit and Risk Committee
The Audit and Risk Committee advises the Accounting Officer and the Department’s Board on risk management, corporate governance and assurance arrangements in the Department and its subsidiary bodies.
The Department of Health Management Committee
The Department of Health Management Committee provides corporate leadership for the Department and supports the Executive Board. It is made up of the Department’s senior leaders.
Our advisory boards and groups
The Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy
The main role of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy is to ensure the co-ordination of work across all partner organisations and across Government. It also helps support the Government’s aim of achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health.
The National Allied Health Professional Board
The National Allied Health Professional Board provides professional oversight and expertise to the Department of Health, informed by patients and external partners, to influence decisions about the planning and development for the allied health professions and secure the workforce necessary to improve the quality of care.
The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Advisory Board
The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Advisory Boardis a board of clinical professionals who provide expert advice on nursing and midwifery workforce planning to the Department of Health’s Chief Nursing Officer.