The Board of Directors comprises the Chairman, Chief Executive, Non‐Executive Directors and Executive Directors.
Role of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is collectively responsible for the exercise of the powers and the performance of the NHS Foundation Trust. Its role is to provide active leadership of the Trust within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enables risk to be assessed and managed.
It ensures compliance by the Trust with its terms of authorisation, its constitution, mandatory guidance issued by Monitor, relevant statutory requirements and contractual obligations.
The Board of Directors as a whole is responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services, education, training and research delivered by the Trust and applying the principles and standards of clinical governance set out by the Department of Health, the Care Quality Commission, and other relevant NHS bodies. It also makes sure that the Trust exercises its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.
The Board sets the Trust’s values and standards of conduct and ensures that its obligations to its members, patients and other stakeholders are understood and met.
As a unitary board, all Directors, Executive and Non Executive, have joint responsibility for every decision of the Board of Directors and share the same liability.
Code of Governance – Balance, Completeness and Appropriateness
There is a clear separation of the roles of the Chairman and the Chief Executive, which has been set out in writing and agreed by the Board. The Chairman has responsibility for the running of the Board, setting the agenda for the Trust and for ensuring that all Directors are fully informed of matters relevant to their roles. The Chief Executive has responsibility for implementing the strategies agreed by the Board and for managing the day to day business of the Trust.
All of the Non-Executive Directors are considered to be independent in accordance with the NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance. Whilst on appointment the Chairman has to meet the Code’s ‘test of independence’, it does not apply to this role thereafter.
The Board considers that the Non-Executive Directors bring a wide range of business, commercial, financial and other knowledge required for the successful direction of the Trust. All Directors are subject to an annual review of their performance and contribution to the management and leadership of the Trust.