Wyre Forest Health Partnership (WFHP) has a strong focus on governance and accountability. WFHP is governed by a Board. The Board has delegated authority from the Partnership to run the business. This authority is strengthened by the 3 Away Days held per annum for the 40 partners of the business. Board meets on a monthly basis to discuss progress against the annual strategic plan. Board Members have wide ranging NHS management experience including at CCG Board level. Board meetings have standing agenda items including CEO report, Finance report and Quality and Risk report. The Quality and Risk report is informed by a centralised Management Information data suite, site reports and CCG provided information. The aim is to ensure that Board is fully informed of performance at all sites, and across the organisation as a whole. The board also has a PA to support it in its work. Partners receive a monthly newsletter which includes a Board update, although Board minutes are also produced.
The Board is also supported by a Finance committee, which is made up of the lead partner from WFHP’s accountancy firm BDSW, the GP Finance lead Dr Davis and Clare Nock, CEO. A good understanding of the Partnership’s financial position, planning and ambition is crucial; this committee meets monthly to scrutinise the financial reports in additional depth in advance of Board, to define Partnership financial process and to make recommendation as to financial policies and decisions.
Through the CEO, the Board delegates delivery of the Strategic Plan, to the Senior Management team. This in turn is supported by the WFHP central team which delivers IT, data management & reporting and nurse management.