NHS corporate governance map - Updated December 2019

Lisa Robertson

11 December 2019


The HFMA NHS corporate governance map has been updated. The map brings together the key guidance and models to support effective corporate governance within the NHS. This update provides links to new items from national bodies, as well as recent briefings from HFMA to support non-finance staff to start to ask the right questions of their financial reporting colleagues - including accounting for leases , going concern assessments and an introduction and glossary to NHS and local government finance and governance in England.

This update also includes the Good Governance Institute’s integrated governance handbook which focusses on developing governance between organisations. Although published in 2016, as systems work more closely together in sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems, the principles remain particularly relevant today.

Robust governance policies and procedures must be in place, and regularly evaluated, to ensure they remain fit for purpose. Aimed at NHS boards, governing bodies, audit committees and those NHS staff with an interest in governance, the purpose of the NHS corporate governance map is to highlight the published resources that support the development and maintenance of effective governance arrangements.

The map is split into four sections: strategic framework; enabling good governance; specific areas for assurance; and devolved nations. It signposts the key model documents and guidance available, and when they were last updated.

The map will continue to be updated as new guidance is produced.


NHS corporate governance map - Updated December 2019

December 2019 (PDF 605KB)

Recommended further reading

HFMA: Introductory guide – NHS governance

HFMA: Practical guide – NHS audit committee handbook

HFMA/CIPFA: Guidance for chief finance officers working across health and local government

HFMA: Subsidiary companies: financial and governance considerations

HFMA: A summary of the NHS long term plan

HFMA: A summary of NHS operational planning and contracting guidance 2019/20

HFMA: How do you ensure robust system risk management arrangements?

HFMA: How do you support effective system decision-making?

HFMA: How do you align resource plans across the system?

HFMA: Ethical standards: roles and responsibilities of the NHS accountant

HFMA e-learning