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An analysis of National Health Service Trust websites on the occupational backgrounds of 'Non-Executive Directors' on England's Acute Trusts.

Pritchard, C. and Harding, A., 2014. An analysis of National Health Service Trust websites on the occupational backgrounds of 'Non-Executive Directors' on England's Acute Trusts. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Open, 5 (5).

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DOI: 10.1177/2054270414528894


OBJECTIVES: To explore the occupational backgrounds of English Non-Executive Directors (NED) on Acute National Health Service (NHS) Trusts. DESIGN: Data extrapolated from Trust websites of NED' occupational backgrounds by gender and occupations, and inter-rater reliability test undertaken. SETTING: Data were available on all but 24 of the 166 Acute Trusts' from all regions. PARTICIPANTS: Trust Chairs and NED were categorised by their dominant occupation. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Differentiating NED with and without health or social care leadership experience. RESULTS: The ratings of NED' occupations positively correlated (p < 0.001). Occupational categories were Commerce and Finance from private and public sectors or with Medical or Community leadership experience. Only 4% of Chairs were Medical, 2% from Community - the majority (61%) from Commerce and Finance. Of the 1001 NED, 8% and 6% respectively had Medical or Community leadership experience; most (86%) were Commerce, Finance and non-clinical Managerial backgrounds. Females made up 27% of NED. CONCLUSIONS: With a predominance of Chairs and NED without health or social care leadership experience, are current Boards equipped to avoid inadvertently 'doing the system's business' (Francis, 2013) rather than developing a more patient-centred, clinically led and integrated NHS? It is suggested that Boards need more NED with health and social care leadership experience and methods to identify the 'patient's agenda' to create 'a common culture' that places 'patients at the centre of everything we do' (Hunt, 2012). A key context for Trust Boards operations is funding, which Francis' terms of reference excluded, an issue that is briefly discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Francis Report ; National Health Service ; Trust Boards ; culture
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:21911
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:28 Apr 2015 08:27
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:51


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