This award is made to an individual, team or organisation that has actively contributed to the development of best practice in the area of integrated governance or improved governance performance.
Further detail on this Award can be found in HFMA’s 2009 Awards brochure.
Winner: The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has won the 2009 HFMA Governance Award following its introduction of a model of service line management (SLM) that has embedded good governance into its processes.
The judges were impressed by the trust’s effective application of guidance and best practice to meet local requirements – it used Monitor’s guides but adapted them to local circumstances.
Receiving the award, Jason Kirk, the trust’s deputy director of finance, said: 'It's fantastic news. This award is for many people – it's for so many colleagues and clinicians who worked hard to get the project in place.’
'The scorecard brought all the issues into one place and made all the parties realise the priorities and the challenges we face. It has taken a lot of effort from a lot of people.'
The judges were struck by the initiative’s success in encouraging competition – because units want to get better results than their peers – and in ensuring they collaborate.
Further detail on the winning entry is available in the HFMA 2009 Awards Supplement.
What the judges said
“The governance indicator on scorecard incorporates both clinical and corporate governance items. It is impressive that the system has been devised to encourage both competition and joint working between business units”
Further detail on the entry requirements, judging criteria and judges for this particular award can be found in the HFMA 2009 Awards Brochure.
NHS Oldham and the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (joint submission)