London, 13 August 2021 – The chief executive of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland (CGIUKI) has today called for greater appreciation of those working in health sector governance believing that their contribution to the NHS does not always get the acknowledgment that it deserves.
Sara Drake, chief executive of the Institute says:
“Everyone knows the importance that the UK public attaches to the NHS and never has this been more evident than in the past 18 months as those working in the health service have worked tirelessly to save lives from COVID-19. It is not just frontline staff like doctors and nurses or the volunteers manning vaccination centres who have played a part in the NHS’ response to the pandemic, however. A whole host of NHS staff working in the background, including governance professionals, have ensured that the health service has risen to the challenge and they deserve the credit that is due to them.
“What is more, the Government’s proposals to move the NHS to an Integrated Care System will have a significant impact on the way in which governance is managed in the health sector. While the move has been going on in the background for years and the Health and Care Bill just places the proposals on a firmer, statutory footing, governance professionals will undoubtedly have been making preparations for some time to manage any risks that this shift might entail.
“Last year, Paul Denton, Deputy Company Secretary and Head of Risk at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust was named Governance Professional of the Year at the Institute’s 2020 Awards for his work to develop the understanding and management of risk within the Trust. The Trust also won an award for Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year for the success of its Ordinary Residency policy review in reaching BAME and marginalised communities. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, we have seen some incredibly innovative projects in the governance community and I am keen to make sure that governance professionals working within the NHS have a chance to be recognised for their efforts. I would like to encourage all those with a good story to tell to put themselves or their colleagues forward for the Institute’s 2021 Awards. They represent a really good opportunity for the governance heroes in the NHS to shine.”
Nominations are sought in the following categories:
• Governance Champion of the Year
• Governance Professional of the Year
• Company Secretary of the Year
• The One to Watch
• Team of the Year
• Service Provider of the Year
• Governance Project of the Year
• Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year
• ESG Initiative of the Year.
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