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1 July 2022

Governance describes the systems, structure and processes for decision making, accountability, control and behaviour within an organisation

Governance regulates the power and decision making of a small group of people who have been given responsibility for the stewardship of public assets and healthcare services. In the ICB, good governance protects both patients and public funds.

It also protects the reputation of those involved in decision-making. Governance exists to ensure that decision-making is lawful, statutory duties and wider legal, regulatory duties are met, and that decision-making is enhanced from  quality and scrutiny perspective.

Simply put good governance ensures that an organisation is doing the right things, in the right way, for the right people in timely, inclusive, open, honest and accountable way.