Accountability of partnership working

Scrutiny: the new assurance?  A good governance discussion document. |The Good Governance Institute 

As collaboration and partnership working need to become more streamlined, more strategic and more effective, organisations spending public monies should be constantly redefining their roles and responsibilities, searching for constant improvement. This paper looks at scrutiny across a number of organisations, as all four home nations are seeking better outcomes by the alignment of health, social care and other funders and providers.

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Improving quality of care through partnerships and collaboration

Partnerships for improvement: ingredients for success | The Health Foundation

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The idea of partnerships and collaboration across organisational boundaries is at the heart of NHS reforms in England. This briefing from the Health Foundation looks at what makes successful partnerships between providers at an organisational level, providing a snapshot of some of the key ingredients needed for successful partnerships.

The report looks at a range of current organisational partnerships focusing on five different partnering arrangements. It also includes interviews with national leaders, and draws learning to help inform and guide policymakers and providers.

The report finds that partnering does have potential benefits, but these are not easy or quick to achieve. To have a meaningful impact on the quality of care, the right form of partnering needs to be used in the right context and it needs to be accompanied by the right set of enabling factors – as described by the report.

Full briefing: Partnerships for improvement: ingredients for success

Related: Health Foundation blog: Is together always better? How good are NHS organisations and the wider system at achieving the potential benefits of partnering?

Capital collaborations between the NHS and local authorities

The Chartered Institute of public Finance and Accountability and the Healthcare Financial Management Association have worked together to produce this briefing as an initial output from a joint workshop on capital funding in the NHS.

The briefing provides background on the local authority and NHS funding mechanisms, including the prudential code under which local authority treasury management and borrowing is determined.  It sets out the problems that NHS bodies currently face in relation to capital funding and identifies some opportunities for working together on capital projects.

‘Trust and collaboration within vanguards is essential but not easy’ – new report

A new report launched today (15 June) at Confed17, looks to better understand how to build trust across systems to promote more effective collaborative working | NHS Employers

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Trustworthy Collaboration, written for NHS Employers by Prof Veronica Hope-Hailey of the University of Bath, explores the challenges of building trust across health systems, in the context of the 50 vanguard sites tasked with delivering transformational change through new care models.

The report looks into the challenges facing the leaders of the partner organisations within the vanguards, who are required to collaborate to deliver transformational change. Trust is essential to collaboration, the report states, but achieving this is easier said than done.

For the vanguards, trust was an important ingredient for ensuring success. It was vital for senior leaders to swiftly establish trust with other leaders across multiple and complex systems.

The report explores the meaning of trust in organisations and offers six key recommendations for how to successfully achieve it.