Valuing Governance: Resetting the Dial
10th Jan 2020
The governance of public bodies are under the spotlight more than ever. In this opinion piece, Steve Combe, Independent Governance Consultant, and Jan Williams, Chair of Public Health Wales, argue that there is too much reliance being placed on formal governance architecture.
Formal governance architecture such as processes, policies and procedures are relied on at the expense of examining how people actually behave and act – in effect the prevailing culture within which the formal governance processes are operating.
The two authors in this opinion piece are clear that the most immaculate system architecture will be ineffectual if people behave in a way that puts safe and quality services at risk and call for radical change in Wales’ approach to governance. The points made reinforce those made in The Bevan Commission’s recent paper Achieving Profound and Sustainable Improvement in Quality in Wales: An update and call for urgent action.