Our core purpose is to work with people and lead communities in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing for a better life; through delivering excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
The Trust's Board of Directors has a responsibility to make the best use of financial resources and deliver the services people need, to standards of safety and quality which are agreed nationally.
The Council of Governors holds to account the non-executive directors on our Board of Directors. It is responsible for representing the interests of the Trust's members, the public and partner organisations.
A number of committees report to the Board of Directors. These committees are responsible for overseeing specific areas - such as finance and performance, and the quality of care. Learn more by clicking on the drop-down accordions below.
The Audit Committee is responsible for establishing and maintaining an effective system of integrated governance, risk management and internal control across the organisation, in a way that supports the organisation’s objectives. It achieves this by:
Throughout the year, the Audit Committee considers external audit reports, internal audit reports, and counter-fraud progress reports. All audit outcomes are overseen by monitoring the delivery of internal and external audit report recommendations.
The Committee considers the Board Assurance Framework, Annual Report, Quality Report, Annual Governance Statement and progress with internal and external audit plans. It also regularly receives updates on losses and compensation payments, exit payments, hospitality and sponsorship, tenders and waivers, debtors and clinical audit. The Committee also considers governance and compliance documents.
The Committee assesses the effectiveness of the external audit process by undertaking a self-assessment each year and by meeting with auditors in private. Auditors attend every meeting of the Audit Committee, and the Trust’s compliance with the audit plan approved by the committee is monitored.
The Finance and Performance Committee oversees all aspects of financial management and operational performance on behalf of the Board. This includes:
The Mental Health Act Committee regularly reviews the patient activity under sections of the Mental Health Act.
A key role is to consider matters of good practice in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Practice and the Mental Health Act (1983 and 2007).
The Committee meets quarterly, and is generally attended by some of the Non-Executive Directors.
The role of the People and Culture Committee is to support the organisation to achieve a well-led, values driven positive culture. The Committee is to provide assurance to the Board that the appropriate structures, processes and systems are in place to ensure an effective capable workforce to meet the Trust's current and future needs by:
The Quality Committee enables the Board of Directors to obtain assurance that the Trust is providing high standards of care. In particular, the Committee ensures that adequate and appropriate governance structures, processes and controls in are in place throughout the Trust.
It is supported by three sub-committees: the Patient Experience, Patient Safety and Patient Effectiveness sub committees.
The Remuneration Committee decides and reviews the terms and conditions of the Trust’s executive directors and senior managers. It also plays a key role in the appointment of executive directors, sometimes using the services of an expert search and recruitment agency.
The Remuneration Committee takes account of the latest Monitor guidance on executive pay and looks at benchmarking data with other trusts, as well as considering external market comparisons.
The purpose of the Trust’s Safeguarding Committee is to set strategy and provide assurance on progress and risks relating to the delivery of the Trust’s strategic objectives which fall within the Committee’s remit. The committee is also responsible for ensuring that all of our services and communities put people - our service receivers and their families - at the centre of their thinking and their actions, and that we as statutory services in our Trust walk alongside people supporting them and safeguarding their lives with them.
The Committee also provides assurances that legal requirements and national guidance is incorporated into Trust preventative and responsive safeguarding processes. The committee provides scrutiny that executive directors are learning the lessons from safeguarding related incidents both in our organisation and from national learning.
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Operationally, the Trust is made up of four main service lines:
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