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Public trust board meetings 2020-21
DateTime Venue
1 October 2020 9.30am - 12.30 Virtual meeting

The boards of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group will meet (virtually) on 1 October 2020, 9.30am - 11.30am. People are invited to make a representation at the meeting either live (online) or as a written submission. For either option you must submit your representation request to: westherts.redevelopment@nhs.net by midday on September 23.

The options for representation are:

  • Live online representation: You can address the boards in real time using MS Teams with audio and camera. Your address must last no longer than two minutes.
  • Written representation: This will be part of the papers considered by both boards. Written submissions of up to a maximum of 500 words must be submitted by midday on September 23.

The intention is to consider all representations. However, depending on the number, the boards may need to limit the number of live representations due to time constraints.

This meeting will be followed by the Trust’s full Board meeting 11.30am-2.00pm.

How can I observe the Trust Board meeting?

You can join in live by clicking on the Zoom meeting link (to be added soon). If you are accessing the link on a computer you will be prompted to download Zoom when you click the link. You can however choose to 'join from your browser’ which allows you to join without having to download anything. You can also join on your phone or tablet - you can download the Zoom app from the app store or as mentioned 'join from your browser' without downloading.

How can I ask a question?

You can ask a question during the live event using the chat function; questions will be taken at the end of the meeting. To make sure your question is seen, please send your question to the user West Herts Trust which should be the default choice. If you send it to any of the other hosts, they may not see it. Please note, we may not be able to answer all questions at the meeting depending on the number received.
 
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