Consultation outcome

New requirements for NHS audit committees

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

Overall respondents were supportive on proposals for the independence and composition of audit committees, although some concerns were raised in relation to increased costs associated for CCG audit committees.

The department working with NHS England has made some adjustments to the requirements to take these on board.

Original consultation


Proposed new requirements for some NHS audit committees from 2015 onwards, when the Audit Commission is expected to close.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on proposals for new constitutional requirements for the audit committees of NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

These proposals are designed to ensure that these audit committees are appropriately constituted to advise their governing boards on the selection, appointment and maintenance of independent relationships with external auditors from 2015 onwards, when the Audit Commission is expected to close (subject to the approval of Parliament).

The Department of Health has been working with NHS stakeholders to develop these proposals.


NHS audit committee consultation

Published 18 October 2013
Last updated 12 May 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Constitutional requirements of NHS Trusts’ and Clinical Commissioning Groups’ audit committees' and consultation response.
  2. First published.