NHS Audit Committee Handbook

NHS Audit Committee Handbook

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The NHS Audit Committee Handbook is designed to assist audit committees as they review and reassess their system of governance, risk management and internal control to ensure that it remains effective and fit for purpose. It does this by providing best practice guidance for all those who serve on NHS audit committees and is also a useful source of reference for all those who work with audit committees This edition supersedes the 2005 version and has once again been produced in association with the Department of Health. This new version of the Audit Committee Handbook has been developed by the HFMA's Governance and Audit Committee and takes account of developments since the 2005 edition was published. It reflects the structure of the NHS in 2010/11 and will be updated once the coalition government's proposals for the restructuring of the NHS in England are introduced.
In terms of our approach, the Handbook builds on the principles set out in 2005, but has been restructured, updated and expanded so that it now provides Audit Committee members with both a succinct summary of what is expected from them and a series of practical tips and pointers to help them put the theory into practice
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Andrew Corbett-Nolan is the Head of Governance and Caldicott Guardian at Humana Europe, the London based subsidiary of Humana Inc. Humana is based in the USA and organises healthcare on behalf of the USA Government, employers, insurers and individuals using modern interventions to promote the efficient and effective use of healthcare resources. In the UK Humana is working with PCTs as one of the FESC partners to help commissioning deliver sustainable improvements for NHS patients. His remit at Humana includes governance, information security, quality, performance management and compliances. At the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, where Andrew is a Non-Executive Director, Andrew chairs the Clinical Governance Committee. He is also the Vice Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management and the UK representative to the Council of the European Society for Quality in Healthcare. Andrew has worked in healthcare for around 18 years, having been a senior manager and then director in the UK National Health Service (NHS) where he led the development of quality standards for patient care and was the first Director of the NHS accreditation service, Health Service Accreditation. He went from there to the King's Fund as Director of Development of their Health Quality Service before setting up the Health and Social Care Quality Centre in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Purchase Society, a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute (he is on the executive of their health and social care group), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. His special interests are service redesign using quality management methodologies, commissioning, patient safety and systems of external review. John Bullivant is an experienced facilitator, mentor, accredited project manager with a PhD on allocation and access to public resources. He has an excellent knowledge of policy, governance and the commissioning of quality in the four health administrations in the UK as well as overseas. He is associate director of board development for the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team, a visiting senior fellow at the University of Glamorgan, Chair of the Health and Social Care Group of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), a fellow and vice chair of the quality forum of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and a peer reviewer for Health Inspectorate Wales. John has been an executive director and board member of a Health Authority, project director on VFM and overseas development projects, a lead facilitator for local health boards in Wales and is a writer and presenter on topics such as governance, leadership, performance management, public patient involvement, continuous improvement, partnership working and intelligent funding. He was a member of the Audit Commission Ethnic Minorities Opportunity Mentoring Programme which won in 2003 the GOLD standard in the International Standards for Mentoring Schemes in Employment Assessment.
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