Paul Stanton is founder and CEO of Southminster Consultancy Associates (SCA). Until April 2008 when the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team (CGST) closed, Paul Stanton was Director of NHS Board Development. In this role, he led a team of former Health Authority, Trust and voluntary sector CEOs, initially working with NHS Boards to promote effective clinical governance. In 2004/5 his team developed the concept of ‘Integrated Governance’ to help NHS bodies to align all the domains of governance in the interests of safe and high quality care, cost-effectiveness and service reform across local health and social care communities. In 2006 he spent a year seconded to the DH as a Senior Adviser on Standards and Quality, working on new system regulation. He is a visiting Professor in the School of Health, Education and Community Studies at Northumbria University and in this capacity has just founded the ‘Humanising Healthcare’ national project . He is co-founder of the award winning ‘Patient Voices’ programme and has published widely on the themes of clinical and corporate governance.
It’s vital that sustainability and transformation plans succeed - and that boards take the job seriously
The credit crunch and the consequent financial turmoil it has unleashed is a global phenomenon. For those who govern NHS organisations, whether as commissioners or providers, the mantra 'think global, act local' has never been more pertinent.