Mid-Staffordshire: a case study of failed governance and leadership?

Judith Smith, Naomi Chambers

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The public inquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC into failings of care at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust made 290 recommendations about matters including: standards of patient care in the National Health Service (NHS); organisational culture and leadership; the use of data and information; the need for greater openness; and compassionate and committed nursing. In this paper we argue that Mid-Staffordshire represented a profound failure of governance and leadership. We use findings from a national research study to analyse the response made by the boards and leadership of NHS hospitals to the inquiry recommendations, setting out the repertoire of board roles and behaviours required for the governance of safe and effective care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-201
Number of pages8
JournalThe Political Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2019


  • public inquiries
  • healthcare boards
  • healthcare governance
  • Francis Inquiry
  • leadership
  • Leadership
  • Healthcare boards
  • Public inquiries
  • Francis inquiry
  • Healthcare governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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