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Trust board meetings and papers

Public trust board meetings 2020-21
DateTime Venue
2 July 2020 9.30am - 12.30 Watford Executive Meeting Room
  • We are pleased to announced that will be able to ‘open’ our Trust Board meeting in public via virtual means. Please register your interest at no later than midday on Wednesday 01 July so that we can send you a link to join the meeting. Please note, due to the nature of virtual meetings, we may need to limit numbers to enable the Board to carry out its business. Can we also ask you to join via audio and not video.
  • All papers will be uploaded onto the website prior to the meeting.
  • If you have any questions that you would like to raise, please submit these to the Trust Secretary no later than 5pm on Tuesday 30 June. Responses will be sent to the questioner by close of business on Monday 6 July, unless a more detailed response is required.
3 September 2020 9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed
1 October 2020 9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed
5 November 2020 9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed
3 December 2020 9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed
14 January 2021  9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed
4 February 2021 9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed
4 March 2021 9.30am - 12.30 To be confirmed

The trust board is the ultimate decision making unit for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. It is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring that financial targets are achieved.

Membership of the board includes the Chairman, Chief Executive, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors.

» Meet the board

The board holds a monthly board meeting in public where it receives information and assurance on performance. The board meetings often begin with a short presentation from a member of staff or a ‘patient story’. Matters of strategic importance are discussed and decisions are taken.

Matters that have a highly sensitive nature or are ‘commercial in confidence’ are held in part 2. This is held in private. The board seeks to make as much of its business as possible open to the public and so the vast majority of papers and discussions fall within part 1, i.e. held in public.

Members of the public have an open invitation to attend part 1 and to ask questions at the point in the agenda set aside for this. Board papers are made available and these include minutes and a decision log.

In order to help the board answer complex questions, we ask that these are submitted in advance to Rod While, trust secretary or by telephone 01923 436361.

COVID-19 update

COVID-19 has had and is still having a significant impact on the trust. The absolute priority in March, April and May was to ensure the trust’s sickest patients were being cared for and that the trust was playing its full part in addressing the outbreak.

The agendas of the board meetings in these months were reduced and the length of the meetings was shortened. The meetings are usually held at Watford General Hospital, where there has been a ‘no visitor’ rule since early April. We considered moving the board meeting to another site but attendees were required to remain on-site at Watford as part of our response to the outbreak. Although there was no facility for the public to join the slimmed down board meetings, we continued to invite questions from the public. For our June Board meeting we invited Healthwatch Hertfordshire to observe the meeting and to raise any questions they had during the course of the meeting.

Board papers

Board Decision Log

Trust board papers 2020

Trust board papers 2019

Trust board papers 2018

Trust board papers 2017

Archived trust board papers

External reports to the trust

» Click here to view / download external reports to the Trust