The role of the Board:
- Formulating strategy
- Shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation
- Ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable.
The Board is made up of a chairman, six non-executive directors and an executive team with four voting directors.
The chairman and the non-executive directors come from a range of professional backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience that reflect the needs of the trust.
The board of directors is responsible for ensuring compliance by the trust with its licence, its constitution, mandatory guidance issued by NHS Improvement, relevant statutory requirements and contractual obligations.
Non-executive directors, including the chairman, are appointed by the trust’s council of governors. When appointing to the Board due consideration is given to the range of skills and experience required for the running of the trust.
Each year every member of the Board has their performance assessed by the chairman through a formal appraisal process. During this appraisal the Board member’s strengths and aspirations and learning and development needs are reviewed.
Non-executive director posts have a fixed term of three years. This term can be extended by another three years subject to satisfactory annual performance appraisals and approval of the council of governors.
Declarations of interest
NHS employees are required to be impartial and honest in the conduct of their business and remain above suspicion. It is also the responsibility of all staff to ensure that they are not placed in a position which risks or appears to risk conflict between their private interest and NHS duties.
The primary responsibility applies to all NHS staff, including the executive team and non-executive directors. Members of the board are asked to declare any interests they have before the start of each monthly board meeting. The following interests are required to be declared by all members of staff, including members of the board:
The trust needs to be aware of all cases where an employee, or his or her close relative or associate has a controlling (e.g. partner or director) and/or significant financial interest (more than 1%) in a business (including a private company, public sector organisations, other NHS employer and/or voluntary organisation) or in any other activity or pursuit, which may compete for an NHS contract to supply either goods or services to the trust.
Trust employees are advised not to engage in outside employment which may conflict with their NHS work, or be detrimental to it. All outside employment must be notified to the trust.
Trust employees are expected to ensure that their private interests and public duties do not conflict. Staff are advised to consider whether action taken as a result of membership of organisations, comes into conflict with their duties as trust employees.
Register of interests
All staff who are either responsible for and/or involved in the requisitioning and/or purchasing of goods and services, should declare any interests they are aware of.