The Board of Directors
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is managed by a Board of Directors. The role of the Board of Directors is to:
- set the overall strategic direction of the Trust
- provide effective financial control
- ensure high standards of corporate governance
- ensure that the Trust provides high quality, effective patient-centred care
The Board of Directors meets in public every month in the Oasis Boardroom, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG (expect during August).
The Board of Directors comprises the Trust Chairman, five independent Non-Executive Directors and five voting executive directors: the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance, the Medical Director, the Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Nursing and Midwifery. There are also three non-voting executive directors: the Commercial Director, the Director of Estates and Facilities and the Director of Human Resources.
The different Board of Director roles are set out below:
- Respective roles of the Trust Chairman and the Chief Executive
- Trust Chairman Role Profile
- Vice Chairman Role Profile
- Non-Executive Director Role Profile
- Senior Independent Director Role Profile
- Executive Director Board Role Profile
All members of the Board of Directors meet the "fit and proper persons test" and Non-Executive Directors are considered to be independent in accordance with the criteria set out in Monitor's NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance.
At the present time the Board is satisfied as to its balance, completeness and appropriateness and will keep these matters under review. Click here for further information about the members of the Board of Directors.
Click the following link for a specimen Non-Executive Director appointment letter which sets out the Terms of Office of Non-Executive Directors.
The Board of Directors welcomes the views and opinions of its members, patients, the public and stakeholders who have an existing connection, or might have a future connection, with the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Board of Directors undertakes to involve the local community in all its forms, as appropriate, in any significant aspect of physical or service change.
Trust Governance Structure
The Board of Directors has seven main sub groups as set out below:
Click on the links below for the Terms of Reference:
- Management Board Terms of Reference
- Non-Clinical Governance Committee Terms of Reference
- Clinical Governance Committee Terms of Reference
- Audit Committee Terms of Reference
- Board of Directors Nominations and Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference
- Charities Committee Terms of Reference
- Commercial Transactions Steering Group Terms of Reference
Council of Governors
The Council of Governors is responsible for representing the views and interests of the NHS Foundation Trust Members and the general public. They have an important role in acting as the eyes and ears of the membership with regards to the quality of service the Trust provides.
The Council of Governors does not undertake the operational management of the Trust; rather they provide a vital link to the wider community, challenge the Board of Directors and collectively hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the NHS Foundation Trust.
Governors are responsible for regularly feeding back information about the Trust, its vision and its performance to the constituencies and stakeholder organisations that either elected or nominated them.
The Trust Board is the group which has overall responsibility for how the Trust is managed and oversees the delivery of its Strategy. The Trust Board is made up of Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors. How the Trust Board operates is defined by the Trust's Standing Orders, Standing Financial Instructions and Scheme of Delegation. This can be found within the Policies and Procedures section of the intranet.
The Trust Board has delegated responsibility for certain key tasks to its six main sub-committees. Their functions are further described by clicking on the name of each committee.
The Trust Board meets in public every month. Details of the meetings, including the agendas and papers can be found on the Trust website.