Trust Board

Trust Board October 2021             

The Board exercises some of its functions through six Board Committees. Three of these are legally required and three have been set up by the Board to conduct specific functions in support of the effective governance of the Trust. Each is chaired by a non-executive director and other directors make up their membership.

Board committees provide an opportunity for more in-depth scrutiny than is possible during Board meetings. This added dimension provides the Board of Directors an additional source of data to support its assurance of the effectiveness of the Trusts performance on quality, standards and effectiveness.

The Board derives considerable assurance from the work of its committees, for example, concerning the validity of statements on internal control, and compliance with the Clinical Negligence Scheme for NHS Trusts (CNST) and the Information Governance statement of compliance.

Statutory Committees:

  • Audit and risk - to assess whether the Trust's systems and processes for governance, risk management and internal control are fit for purpose, and are being applied appropriately and effectively; and, to report to the Board on its findings
  • Nomination - to conduct the formal appointment to, and removal from office of Board Directors
  • Remuneration - agree policy and frameworks for executive and senior officer remuneration

Designated Committees:

  • Finance and planning - to provide specialist financial, performance management and commercial scrutiny and oversight
  • Quality and standards - to oversee the provision of safe high quality patient care and comply with all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance, and that meets the expectations of service users
  • Charitable funds - to monitor the application of all charitable funds in accordance with the Charities Acts, external guidance and applicable legislation, and to ensure that decisions on the use or investment of such funds are compliant with the explicit conditions or purpose for each donation, bequest or grant.

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