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Staff Governance

Staff Governance is a term which describes the framework for managing employees inside NHS Scotland. The commitments surrounding the framework, are in place to ensure all staff have a positive experience at work, where they feel motivated and engaged with their role, team and the Board.

If you have any Staff Governance queries please contact Diana Hudson, Staff Governance Advisor: diana.hudson@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

National Staff Governance information can be found at www.staffgovernance.scot.nhs.uk

What is Staff Governance

Staff Governance is defined as: “a system of corporate accountability for the fair and effective management of all staff”

Staff Governance can be measured through assurance that the Staff Governance Standard commitments are being met, and this is assessed locally via the Staff Governance Committee of each Board.

Staff Governance Standard

The Staff Governance Standard sets out what each NHSScotland employer must achieve in order to continuously improve in relation to the fair and effective management of staff. Click on the links for more information.

There are 5 Staff Governance Standard commitments set out what staff can expect from their NHS Scotland Board, and they are that staff should be:

  • Well informed
  • Appropriately trained and developed
  • Involved in decisions
  • Treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect, in an environment where diversity is valued
  • Provided with a continuously improving and safe working environment, promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.

However, the Standard also sets out corresponding responsibilities for staff (at any level within the organisation). Staff should:

  • Keep themselves up to date with developments relevant to their job within the organisation
  • Commit to continuous personal and professional development
  • Adhere to the standards set by their regulatory bodies
  • Actively participate in discussions on issues that affect them either directly or via their trade union/professional organisation
  • Treat all staff, patients and service users with dignity and respect while valuing diversity
  • Ensure that their actions maintain and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, patients, service users and carers.

These dual commitments are in place to ensure all staff have a positive experience at work, where they feel motivated and engaged with their role, team and the Board.

NHSGGC Staff Governance Committee assesses how well the Board is complying with these Standards.

National Staff Governance information can be found at www.staffgovernance.scot.nhs.uk.

Staff Governance Committee

The Staff Governance Committee (SGC) is a standing committee of each NHS Board which, together with the Clinical Governance Committee and Audit Committee, forms the full governance framework for NHS Boards. 

The purpose of the Staff Governance Committee is to provide assurance to the Board that NHSGGC meets its obligations in relation to Staff Governance under the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2004 and the Staff Governance Standard. The Staff Governance Committee is a Standing Committee of the Board.

The Committee ensures that structures and policies are in place to provide assurance that all staff are:

  • Well informed
  • Appropriately trained and developed
  • Involved in decisions
  • Treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect, in an environment where diversity is valued
  • Provided with a continuously improving and safe working environment, promoting the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and the wider community.

Each Health and Social Care Partnership, Acute Services and Corporate Directorate have their own Staff Governance arrangements and structure.

The Staff Governance Committee meets four times per year to review and as part of each Committee meeting, speakers provide assurance that structures, actions and processes are in place to meet the Standard.

The NHSGGC Staff Governance Committee is co-chaired by Alan Cowan (Non-Executive Director) and Ann Cameron-Burns (Employee Director).

Approved minutes of Staff Governance Committee meetings can be accessed via the NHSGGC Board papers page or by emailing ggc.staffexperience@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

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