• NHS Improvement has asked 30 providers to take part in governance reviews at other trusts
  • A number of specific reviews to be commissioned in coming months
  • Reviews will be supported by external consultants

Regulators have asked chief executives and chairs at “high performing” trusts to take part in reviews of other NHS providers.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free London Foundation Trust is one of around 30 providers that have been asked to take part in the reviews

Royal Free Hospital, London

NHS Improvement wrote to around 30 providers at the end of last week, after it was told that governance reviews could be improved through “a much greater element of peer input” in the process.

Chief executive Jim Mackey said a “number of specific” reviews would be commissioned directly by NHS Improvement in the next few months.

Governance reviews are generally targeted at trusts with financial or operational challenges, or where governance issues have been raised through an inspection process.

Mr Mackey wrote: “While we expect routine governance reviews commissioned by foundation trusts to continue to take place in accordance with the well-led framework guidance, in the next few months a number of specific governance reviews are to be commissioned directly by NHS Improvement.

“It would be very valuable to have chair and CEO input into these, as we could pilot the approach and learn from it. [The reviews] could involve up to two days of your input for the interviews and discussions, with feedback and reporting at times to be agreed.

“The governance reviews would be supported by external consultants for structure, quality assurance and consistency.”

Leaders of the following trusts have been invited to take part

These are represented on the NHS Improvement chairs and CEOs advisory panel, and have a ‘good’ or better well-led rating or have the lowest risk rating from the CQC:

  • Sussex Community Foundation Trust
  • Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals Trust
  • South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust
  • Central and North West London Foundation Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust
  • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Whittington Health Trust
  • Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Royal Free London Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
  • Cambridge Community Services Trust
  • The Christie Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust
  • Kent Community Health Foundation Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
  • University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust
  • Dartford & Gravesham Trust
  • Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Community Healthcare Trust
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust

These are acute care collaborative vanguards with a ‘good’ or better well-led rating, or low risk rating, from the CQC:

  • Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Salford Royal Foundation Trust

These are other selected trusts:

  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust
  • York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust