The Board is responsible for determining the overall strategy and monitoring the performance of the Trust, ensuring it meets its statutory obligations and provides the best possible service to patients, within resources available.
The Trust Board meetings are open to the public and are held regularly during the year. Details are published on the page Board timetable and papers
Role of the Board
The role of the Trust Board is to govern Croydon Health Services effectively and in doing so build patient, public and stakeholder confidence that their health and healthcare are in safe hands. It does this through formulating strategy for the trust; ensuring accountability for the delivery of that strategy; and shaping a healthy culture for the board and the organisation.
Board Sub Committees
The Board has five committees:
The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board to deliver its responsibilities for the conduct of public business and the stewardship of funds under its control. It reviews the establishment and maintenance of effective systems of internal control and probity across the whole of the organisation’s activities that support the achievement of the organisation’s objectives, in particular to ensure:
- Business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards.
- Public money is safeguarded and properly accounted for.
- Financial Statements are prepared timeously and give a true and fair view of the financial position of the Board for the period in question.
- Affairs are managed to secure economic, efficient and effective use of resources.
- Reasonable steps are taken to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.
Quality and Clinical Governance Committee
The purpose of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee is to oversee the Trust quality agenda and report on quality and patient safety to the Trust Board. This is an integrated care organisation and all reporting relates to both community and hospital based care.
- To monitor, support and advise on the three domains of quality: safety, effectiveness and patient experience.
- To define the assurance process within the Trust with regard to the quality agenda.
- To monitor progress of and assure the Trust Board in relation to the Trust’s compliance with essential standards, national practice and mandatory guidance.
- To receive and review quarterly integrated reports encompassing complaints, litigation, incidents, and PALs activity.
- To ensure that the Trust is compliant with its duties in relation to the Equalities Act 2010.
Finance and Performance Committee
The purpose of the Finance and Performance Committee is to provide assurance to the Board on the discharge of its responsibilities for delivery against the Trust’s annual operating plans in terms of both performance and finances.
Principal Functions: Financial Management
- To ensure the design and operation of a comprehensive budgetary control framework that accords with guidance and legislation and meets the business requirements of the Trust.
- To review financial plans and strategies (Income and Expenditure and Cash) and ensure they are consistent with overall Trust objectives and plans.
- To approve budget-setting timetable processes and recommend budgets to the Trust Board for adoption.
- To monitor financial performance against budgets and ensure appropriate and timely corrective actions are planned and implemented.
Principal Functions: Performance Management and Workforce
- To ensure the design and operation of a comprehensive performance management framework that accords with guidance and legislation and meets the business requirements of the Trust.
- To review operating plans and trajectories / forecasts and ensure they are consistent with overall Trust objectives and plans.
- To monitor operational performance against local and national plans and ensure appropriate and timely corrective actions are planned and implemented as required.
- Milestone for achieving integrated care.
- Review accountability framework for delivery on an annual basis
The Chairman and Non-executive Directors form the Remuneration Committee. The Committee determines the rates of pay and contracts of the Executive Directors against a Department of Health framework.
Charitable Funds Committee
The Charitable Funds Committee is chaired by the Director of Finance and Investment. It is responsible for ensuring that donations given to the hospital are spent wisely and properly, in accordance with The Charities Commission and NHS regulations.