From Ward to Board

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What did we do in this project?

The findings from the final phase of work, Putting quality first in the boardroom, was published in April 2010. It considered a number of key questions:

  • Why do boards find it difficult to engage with quality?
  • What styles of leadership has most influence on quality?
  • What type of organisational culture sustains engagement with quality?
  • What systems and processes support a focus on quality?

Findings from the first phase of the project were published in February 2009 in From Ward to Board, at which time we also produced a handbook with the Burdett Trust for Nursing: The Nurse Executives' Handbook: leading the business of caring from ward to board.

Why are we interested in this piece of work?

As an organisation with a track record of running nurse leadership programmes, The King's Fund was commissioned by the Burdett Trust to:

  • support nurse executives and their boards by giving feedback to identify good practice and to explore, facilitate and develop models for high-quality, board-level clinical engagement
  • review and interpret this work for a wider audience
  • disseminate learning to a wide audience and encourage others to follow best practice.

Project team