Department of Health and Social Care
NHS leaders: government commits to new support and improvement measures
The government has published a report of an independent review of the test for making sure senior NHS leaders are fit for their posts.
The Kark review of the fit and proper persons test was led by Tom Kark QC. It includes 7 recommendations for how the government can better support NHS senior leaders to deliver high-quality and safe care in the NHS.
Of these recommendations, the government has accepted in principle to:
- set up a central database of information about the qualifications, previous employment and performance of directors
- make new competency standards to help people know what to expect of senior managers
The remaining recommendations will be considered as part of the workforce implementation plan later this year, which will be led by Baroness Harding, chair of NHS Improvement.
- setting up a new organisation that can suspend directors who are found to have committed serious misconduct, such as bullying and harassment of staff
- requiring old employers to provide references to potential new employers
The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned Tom Kark QC, previously counsel to the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry, to lead a review into the effectiveness of the NHS fit and proper persons test last year.
The test is overseen by the Care Quality Commission as part of their regular inspections of NHS trusts and aims to ensure executive-level managers are fit to carry out their roles to the highest standard.
It came under scrutiny following a report into the severe failures at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust between 2010 and 2014, where poor leadership was found to have resulted in a widespread culture of bullying and harassment and declining patient care.
The government accepted the call from Dr Bill Kirkup for a wider review into the fit and proper persons test, following his examination of the failures at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust.
Latest News from
Department of Health and Social Care
World's largest trial of potential coronavirus treatments rolled out across the UK06/04/2020 12:10:00
The largest randomised clinical trial of potential coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments is underway as part of the race to find a treatment.
Smokers at greater risk of severe respiratory disease from COVID-1903/04/2020 15:25:00
Emerging evidence from China shows smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe respiratory disease.
NHS to benefit from £13.4 billion debt write-off03/04/2020 14:20:00
Health Secretary announces over £13 billion of debt will be written off as part of a major financial reset for NHS providers.
Health Secretary sets out plan to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day03/04/2020 13:38:00
New 5-pillar plan outlines national effort to increase testing to 100,000 a day in England.
£300 million announced for community pharmacies to support them during coronavirus outbreak03/04/2020 12:38:00
£300 million in funding will ensure community pharmacies can continue to carry out essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
New personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for NHS teams03/04/2020 10:10:10
UK Government and NHS leaders publish new guidance about PPE for NHS teams who are likely to come into contact with patients with COVID-19.
Business Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 April 202002/04/2020 10:10:10
Business Secretary Alok Sharma gave the 1 April 2020 daily press briefing on the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
First new ventilators to roll off production line this weekend as industry answers call to step up manufacturing01/04/2020 14:22:00
The first devices from the Government’s ventilator challenge will roll off the production line this weekend, ahead of delivery to the NHS next week, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove yesterday announced.
New advice for safe funerals after discussions with faith leaders01/04/2020 10:10:10
Public Health England has published new guidance to ensure funerals are conducted safely, consistent with social distancing principles.