Regulation and governance are central to assuring that patient safety is being effectively managed and improved. They involve the setting, monitoring and enforcement of standards for patient safety through a wide range of organisational and social mechanisms. Governance also involves creating effective systems of oversight and accountability to ensure that patient safety is being properly managed and improved. The resources below provide tools and techniques to help develop these systems and also illustrate the consequences both personal, and on an organisational level, which occur when these key factors fail.

Chris Ham in conversation with Sir David Dalton – The King’s Fund
Joshua’s Story – Patient Stories
Board Assurance Frameworks: A simple rules guide for the NHS – Good Governance Institute
Asymmetry of influence: the role of regulators in patient safety – The Health Foundation
Improving patient safety through responsive regulation – Judith Healy, The Health Foundation
Effective Governance for Quality and Patient Safety: A Toolkit for Healthcare Board Members and Senior Leaders – Canadian Patient Safety Institute
How-to Guide: Governance Leadership (Get Boards on Board) – Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Guidance about compliance: Essential standards of quality and safety – Care Quality Commission
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry: government response – Department of Health
The Francis Report: Lessons learned – The Health Foundation

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