The Network has a comprehensive Governance Framework that has been agreed by the Network Board and seeks to demonstrate that the care given within the Network maximises the quality and minimises any potential harm to babies and their families in all 10 of our NICU/SCBUs. First drafted and signed off in July 2015, this Framework is largely based on a template that was made available nationally to Operational Delivery Networks and been adapted to meet our own needs. It remains a work in progress and is revised and updated as required.
The whole Network Governance Framework consists of several documents that are complimentary and includes the Network Board ToR, the Service Level Agreement in place between the Network and its host Provider Trust (South Tyneside & Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust) a general Framework document and a more detailed “Toolkit” document that summarises our performance on key criterion via a self-assessment and evaluation process that is periodically revisited. The latter two can be found here and here.
The Network also maintains a “Risk Register” to outline key issues that are assessed and highlighted for any possible or potential action required.
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