The Appointments Commission has urged primary care trusts to review its new guidance on governance arrangements for provider committees.

The committees are part of PCTs’ boards, responsible for the operations of PCT provider arms.

The guidance - Governance Arrangements to Support PCT Provider Committees - summarises core principles intended to underpin the committees’ membership and make-up.

Provider committees need to be able to focus on quality, taking into account patient safety, patient experience and effective outcomes, according to the guidance.

The guidance aims to ensure that the committees are able to independently identify, monitor and mitigate risks to patients.

Chair of Hampshire primary care trust Jonathan Montgomery said: “The guidance promotes consistency of practice and conformity with the high-standard governance that patients and the public expect of NHS organisations, while recognising that the precise form of arrangements depends on local circumstances.”