A Policy is a Statement of Principle(s) on behalf of NHS Fife that it will comply with or follow national guidance or other requirement. It is a guide to decision making under a given set of circumstances.
Policies are approved by the Strategic Management Team of NHS Fife. The Strategic Management Team may decide that some policies should be endorsed by the Board of NHS Fife.
A Procedure is a way of accomplishing or implementing a Policy and can reflect local circumstances.
Staff have a duty to comply with NHS Fife Policies and Managers have a duty to ensure their staff are aware of policies and follow them.