Governance and risk management in the NHS

Intermediate award - optional module
10 credits, total study time: 100 hours (10 weeks)

This module will consider how planning, reporting and governance arrangements in the NHS help organisations to: establish an agreed way forward; set aims and objectives, how these will be achieved and by when; develop a framework for day-to-day decisions; and be accountable for their performance.

Topic covered
  • Governance in the NHS
  • Policies, structures and processes
  • Control frameworks
  • Governance in practice
  • Clinical governance

Gov and Risk Management skills module

Learning outcomes

  • Identify the key features of governance within the NHS
  • Describe the possible models of governance and how these would be selected for NHS organisations
  • Explain risk management techniques and risk management strategies, then recommend how risks can be identified and managed effectively
  • Illustrate the effect of lessons learned from governance elsewhere on practice in the NHS
  • Identify and describe the role of clinical governance in the NHS



  • Learners will complete a 2,000 word portfolio-based, work-related assessment

How finance works in the NHS 
Core module

20 credits

Management skills 
Optional module


Healthcare costing for adding value 
Optional module


Tools for transforming services in the NHS 
Optional module