Board Committees

The Trust has the following sub-committees of the main Trust Board:

Integrated Audit and Risk Committee

Audit is an essential element in the process of accountability for public money and makes an important contribution to the stewardship of public resources and the corporate governance of public services.

Every NHS Board has an Audit Committee. The independent Audit Committee is a means by which the Board ensures effective internal control arrangements are in place. In addition, the Committee provides a form of independent check upon the executive arm of the Board.

Members include Tom Phillips (Chair), Jackie Craissati (Vice Chair) and Catherine Walker.

Integrated Audit and Risk Committee Terms of Reference 

Quality Committee

The purpose of the Quality Committee is to provide the Board with assurance concerning all aspects of quality and safety relating to the provision of care and services in support of getting the best clinical outcomes and experience for patients.

Members include Jackie Craissati (Chair), Rod Ashurst (Vice Chair) and Venu Branch.

Quality Committee Terms of Reference

Finance and Performance Committee

The purpose of the Finance and Performance Committee is to provide the Board with assurance concerning all aspects of finance and resource relating to the provision of care and services in support of getting the best value for money and use of resources.

Members include Mark Bryant (Chair), and Catherine Walker (Vice Chair).

Finance and Performance Committee Terms of Reference

Workforce and Organisational Development Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to provide the Board with assurance concerning all aspects of workforce and organisational development relating to the provision of care and services in support of getting the best clinical outcomes and experience for patients and staff.

Members include Rod Ashurst (Chair), Venu Branch (Vice Chair)

Workforce and Organisational Development Committee Terms of Reference

Remuneration Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that remuneration and Terms of Service for the Chief Executive, other Executive Directors and other senior employees are appropriate and commensurate with their roles and responsibilities and are comparable with similar positions within the NHS.

Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference

Strategy Steering Group

The Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Trust. The Strategy Steering Group was set up in 2016 to oversee the development of the Trust Strategy. The need for the group reflects the major impact that the Sustainability Transformation Programme (STP) will bring and the importance of ensure consistency between the Trust’s Strategy and the aspirations of the Kent and Medway STP.

Mental Health Act Committee

The purpose of the Committee is to ensure that there are systems, structures and processes in place to support the operation of and to ensure compliance with the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended 2007) and other related legislation within inpatient and community settings.

Members include: Venu Branch (Chair)

Minutes from committee meetings are available on request from the Trust Secretary on 01622 724125.