Boards and their role in assuring quality care

The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

The role of boards in making sure that an organisation is delivering safe and high-quality care received a lot of attention in the Francis Inquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This is part of a long-term trend in which the expectations placed on boards have been increasing to the point where quality responsibilities are now at least as important as financial duties. New approaches are needed to make sure that there really is quality assurance.

This session looks at some of the evidence on how boards have been adapting to this challenge and how they incresingly need to think about their role in creating positive cultures that promote quality and safety.


Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards is a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund and Director with the Global Healthcare Group at KPMG LLP. He was Policy Director at the NHS Confederation and has a wealth of experience in health and social care.

As Policy Director, Nigel led the NHS Confederation in developing and influencing health policy on behalf of members and NHS organisations. At the same time he oversaw the Confederation's well-respected policy and communications services and the NHS European Office. He joined the Confederation from his former role as director of the London Health Economics Consortium at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where he remains an honorary visiting professor.

Nigel is a well-known media commentator, often in the spotlight debating key policy issues. He is currently advising the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe on the development of a strategy for hospital and health care delivery systems.