Ensuring good governance is a key responsibility of any NHS organisation, and the CHD Network South Wales and South West is committed to this.
The network is governed by a Board which has representatives from across the Level 1, 2 and 3 centres, including clinicians, nurses, managers, patients and parents, and commissioners. The Board is accountable to the Joint Cardiac Board in the host organisation, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB); in NHS England to Specialised Commissioning (South); and in Wales to the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee. This network is unique in that it covers two separate national health bodies i.e. NHS Wales and NHS England, where there are fundamental differences in structure and funding. The network is experiencing positive engagement from both specialised commissioning bodies in both NHS England and NHS Wales.