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Minister confident new HCS Board will drive up standards of care

19 June 2023

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Karen Wilson, is confident that the new advisory Board for the Health and Community Service Department will play a critical role in helping drive up the standards of care provided to Islanders.

Deputy Karen Wilson said: “One of my key priorities for 2023 was to establish the proposed board, which I believe is central to improving both clinical and corporate governance, and to providing myself and Islanders assurance as to the quality and safety of care. I am pleased that Assembly supported my proposition, for which I thank them.

“Islanders clearly deserve high-quality, compassionate care and staff within the Department have the right to feel valued, respected, and listened to. I am confident that the Board, once it is fully established, will help drive service improvements and create a new, positive culture for the benefit of all.

“The terms of reference for the Board adopt the best of what works in other jurisdictions and adapt these for Jersey. This includes creating a framework in which independent experts will work alongside Departmental managers; providing advice and support to drive change; enhancing transparency through public meetings and the publication of all Board papers and involving the public and patients in all Board activities. But what makes the HCS Board different from those in comparable jurisdictions is that I, as Minister, remain accountable to the public for health policy and health services.

“The Assembly determined that it would review the Board in 18 months’ time to ensure that it is delivering value, supporting improved decision-making, and enabling the Department to better manage clinical, safeguarding, financial and corporate risks. I fully support this decision.”

The Board will comprise an independent Chair, up to five non-executive directors and executive officers from the Department, with one less executive officer to ensure a balance in favour of independent members. The recruitment and selection process is underway and it is anticipated that all Board members will be in place by the end of July 2023.

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