NHS corporate governance map - Updated March 2020

Lisa Robertson

11 March 2020


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, such as the planning and contracting guidance 2020/21 and  counter-fraud standards 2020/21, as well as recent briefings from HFMA to support members as the financial year end approaches, such as Year-end reminders for non-executive directors and The external audit: best practice in working well together

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 next be updated in Autumn 2020.


NHS corporate governance map - Updated March 2020

March 2020 (PDF 687KB)

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

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