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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.
  • The Board of Directors’ 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.
  • The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring 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 sets the Trust’s strategic aims, taking into consideration the views of the Members’ Council, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the Trust to meet its objectives and review management performance.
  • 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 Healthcare Commission, and other relevant NHS bodies.
  • The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the Trust exercises its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.
  • The Board of Directors 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.
  • Non Executive Directors are responsible for determining appropriate levels of remuneration of Executive Directors and have a prime role in appointing, and where necessary removing, Executive Directors, and in succession planning.

Roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors can be found in the Trust Constitution (PDF).