Annual report 2019-2020

Annual Report for the period 2019-2020

Publication date:
30 June 2020
Date range:
June 2020 - June 2021

The Accountability Report

Statement of Chief Executive's responsibilities as the accountable officer of the Trust

The Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, in exercise of powers conferred on the NHS Trust Development Authority, has designated that the Chief Executive should be the Accountable Officer of the trust. The relevant responsibilities of Accountable Officers are set out in the NHS Trust Accountable Officer Memorandum. These include ensuring that:

  • there are effective management systems in place to safeguard public funds and assets and assist in the implementation of corporate governance
  • value for money is achieved from the resources available to the trust
  • the expenditure and income of the trust has been applied to the purposes intended by Parliament and conform to the authorities which govern them
  • effective and sound financial management systems are in place and
  • annual statutory accounts are prepared in a format directed by the Secretary of State to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs as at the end of the financial year and the income and expenditure, other items of comprehensive income and cash flows for the year.

As far as I am aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the trust’s auditors are unaware, and I have taken all the steps that I ought to have taken to make myself aware of any relevant audit information and to establish that the entity’s auditors are aware of that information.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, I have properly discharged the responsibilities set out in my letter of appointment as an Accountable Officer.

Helen Greatorex, Chief Executive
Date: 24 June 2020