Board of Directors' Committees
The Board of Directors’ has several Committees to whom it delegates authority to carry out some of its detailed work. These are outlined below.
Audit & Risk Committee
The Audit & Risk Committee provides assurance to the Board of Directors in consultation with the other Board Committees that adequate and appropriate governance structures, processes and controls are in place throughout the Trust.
The Committee’s membership comprises three of the Trust’s Non-Executive Directors (excluding the Trust Chair). The meetings are chaired by one of the Non-Executive Directors drawn from its membership and the current Chair is Ann Stanley.
Also in attendance at the Committee’s meetings are the Executive Director of Finance; the Director of Corporate Governance (Board Secretary); the Deputy Director of Finance; and other Executive Directors as and when necessary, along with representatives from Internal and External Audit and the Trust’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist..
Terms of Reference of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Finance and Performance Committee
The Finance and Performance Committee of the Board maintains oversight of the Trust’s financial processes. The Committee ensures that the Trust’s finances are managed within the allocated resources in order to deliver an effective and efficient service.
The Committee’s membership comprises both Non-Executive and Executive Directors. Also in attendance at the Committee’s meetings are the Deputy Director of Finance and the Director of Corporate Governance (Board Secretary). The current Chair of the Committee is Richard Mills.
Terms of Reference of the Finance and Performance Committee.
Quality Assurance Committee
In response to the recommendations contained in the Francis Report (on the service failures at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust), the Board established another Committee known as the Quality Assurance Committee and appointed Mervyn Thomas to be the Committee’s Chair.
This Committee started operating from April 2011. It is responsible for providing assurance to the Board on the effectiveness of the Trust’s systems and processes for safeguarding and improving the quality of the Trust’s services. Members of the Committee include all the Non-Executive Directors (except for the Trust Chair), the Executive Medical Director, the Executive Director of Nursing, Professions and Care Standards, the Executive Director of Finance and the Deputy Chief Executive/Executive Director of Operations.
Also in attendance at the Committee’s meetings are the Board Secretary, who serves as the secretary to the Committee, the Head of Integrated Governance, the Director of Planning and Performance and a representative of NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, the main Commissioners of the healthcare services which the Trust provides. Other people, including senior members of staff within the Trust attend as and when required to do so by the Committee.
Terms of Reference of the Quality Assurance Committee.
Remuneration and Nominations Committee
The Remuneration and Nominations Committee of the Board of Directors comprises the Non- Executive Directors. The Committee is chaired by Jayne Brown OBE, the Trust Chair.
The Committee is responsible for determining the remuneration and terms and conditions of service of the Executive Directors (including the Chief Executive) in order to ensure that they are properly rewarded having regard to the Trust’s circumstances.
The Chief Executive attends the Committee’s meetings in an advisory capacity. The Director of Human Resources and the Board Secretary attend the Committee’s meetings to provide advice and professional support to its members.
Terms of Reference of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
Workforce and Organisation Development Committee
The Workforce and Organisation Development Committee was established as a Board Committee in 2013/14. It is responsible for providing assurance to the Board on the effectiveness of the Trust’s systems and processes for supporting employees in the provision and delivery of high quality, safe service user care and ensuring that the Trust is meeting its legal and regulatory duties in relation to its employees.
The Workforce and Organisation Development Committee of the Board of Directors comprises Non- Executive Directors and Executive Directors.
The Committee is chaired by Susan Rogers MBE, the Trust’s Vice Chair.
The Director of Human Resources and the Director of Organisation Development/Board Secretary attend the Committee’s meetings to provide advice and professional support to its members.
Terms of Reference of the Workforce and Organisation Development Committee.