Trust Board

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Role of the Trust Board

The Trust Board is responsible for the actions and decisions of the organisation.

The Board comprises executive and non-executive members, and has public meetings on a bi-monthly basis. 

The Board's role includes: 

  • Setting strategic direction in line with national and regional NHS priorities;
  • Ensuring the provision of high-quality, effective, and patient-focussed services through clinical governance; 
  • Ensuring high standards of corporate governance and compliance with statutory duties; 
  • Monitoring performance against Trust objectives;
  • Maintaining financial control and financial planning, as well as ensuring value for money is achieved;
  • Promoting engagement with local communities in our areas of practice.

Board sub-committees

To support the Board a number of committees have been established.

Each of these committees is chaired by a non-executive director. The committees are accountable to the Board for the work they undertake.

These sub-committees are listed below.

  • Audit Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Finance. Performance and Investment Committee
  • Integrated Workforce Committee
  • Mental Health Legislation Committee
  • Safety and Quality Committee

Standing Orders incorporating Standing Financial Instructions (SFIs)

Standing Orders May 2023

Information on Trust Board conflicts of interest and registers of interest have now moved to the  Conflicts of Interest page.

The information on the Trust Board's role regarding diversity and inclusion is now available from the Trust Board Members page.


Standards in Public Life

The Committee on Standards of Public Life established a set of seven principles for anyone working in public life. These were later developed further into a set of 10 principles:


Members should serve only the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person.

Honesty and integrity

Members should not place themselves in situations where their honesty and integrity may be questioned, should not behave improperly, and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour.


Members should make decisions on merit, including when making appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards or benefits.


Members should be accountable to the public for their actions and the manner in which they carry out their responsibilities, and should co-operate fully and honestly with any scrutiny appropriate to their particular office.


Members should be as open as possible about their actions and those of their authority, and should be prepared to give reasons for those actions.

Personal judgement 

Members may take account of the views of others, including their political groups, but should reach their own conclusions on the issues before them and act in accordance with those conclusions.

Respect for others 

Members should promote equality by not discriminating unlawfully against any person, and by treating people with respect, regardless of their race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. They should respect the impartiality and integrity of the authority‚Äôs statutory officers and its other employees.

Duty to uphold the law 

Members should uphold the law and, on all occasions, act in accordance with the trust the public is entitled to place in them.


Members should do whatever they are able to do to ensure that their authorities use resources prudently, and in accordance with the law.


Members should promote and support these principles by leadership, and by example, and should act in a way that secures or preserves public confidence.

Visit the Committee on Standards in Public Life website for further information.