Sub-Committees of the Board

The Board delegates a number of its functions to committees who are responsible for reporting to the Board on the most important areas of business and each formal committee is chaired by a Non-Executive Director.

Following each committee meeting, a summary report of the meeting’s main agenda and action points is prepared for Trust Board and presented by the relevant Non-Executive Director Chair. In addition, as part of its work programme, the committee undertakes an annual review of its terms of reference, schedule of business and committee effectiveness.

The Board committees are: Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee, Quality and Governance Committee and the Finance and Performance Committee.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a formal committee of the Board and meets six times per annum. It has responsibility for:

  • Reviewing systems of integrated governance, risk management and internal control;
  • Approving the plans of work of the internal and external auditors and monitoring performance against those plans;
  • Monitoring the performance of Trust management in responding to issues raised by auditors;
  • Reviewing the draft annual report, draft Quality Account and financial statements before submission to the Board; and
  • Ensuring that policies, procedures, systems and processes are in place to ensure effective clinical and corporate governance.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee is a Committee of the Trust Board responsible for determining the remuneration and terms of service of the Trust’s Executive Directors. It comprises all the Non Executive Directors of the Trust.

The principle areas of responsibility include:

  • All aspects of salary, including any performance related elements and bonuses
  • Provisions of other benefits including pensions and lease cars
  • Contractual arrangements, including severance packages for directors in the event of termination of employment.

Quality Governance Committee

The Quality Governance Committee is a formal committee of the Trust Board. It acts as the principal source of advice and expertise to the Trust Board on patient safety and quality.

The Committee ensures that adequate and appropriate clinical governance structures, processes and controls are in place across the Trust to:

  • Promote safety, quality and excellence in patient care
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources through the evidence-based clinical practice.
  • Protect the safety of employees and all others to whom the Trust owes a duty of care
  • Ensure that effective systems and processes are in place to support high quality care through an effectual training and education and ICT infrastructure
  • Ensure appropriate arrangements across the Trust are in place for identifying, prioritising and managing risk

It oversees and monitors the corporate delivery of patient safety, patient experience, risk management, education and training, information and information technology and regulatory standards to ensure that the Trust has the appropriate strategies, processes, systems, policies, and procedures in place to deliver the necessary standards of care.

It acts as the principal source of advice and assurance to the Trust Board on patient safety and quality governance.

The Committee is responsible for receiving reports from its committees on a scheduled and regular basis:

  • Patient Safety Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Patient Experience and Engagement Committee
  • Information and IT Committee
  • HR, Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Training, Education and Research Committee.

Finance and Performance Committee

The Finance and Performance Committee is a formal committee of the Board and is scheduled to meet ten times per year. The Committee plays a key role in ensuring that the Trust has a robust financial strategy and strong financial management systems in place to enable the Trust to meet its statutory financial duties.

It also reviews performance against the Trust’s key operational targets.
During the course of the year, the Finance and Performance Committee has:

  • Received regular reports from the Trust’s executive directors on key aspects of financial and operational performance within a revised integrated reporting framework;
  • Received briefings on the Trust’s financial planning and contracting arrangements;
  • Received a number of other ad-hoc reports across a range of areas including: service level agreements, reference costs, service improvement and efficiency programme, service strategy, performance and programme management.