Corporate Governance

Each NHS Foundation Trust has the freedom to design its own Constitution in accordance with the legislation that creates NHS Foundation Trusts as Public Benefit Corporations. The Constitution forms part of the terms of a Foundation Trust’s provider licence, the main tool used by NHS England and Improvement for regulating providers of NHS services.

The Constitution deals with, among other things:

  • The name, purpose and powers of the Foundation Trust
  • How the Governors and Board of Directors will work together
  • How the Trust will be accountable to local people
  • Who is eligible to be a member or a Governor
  • The composition of the Council of Governors and Board of Directors
  • How Governors and Directors will be appointed.

Other Corporate Governance Documents

Lists and Registers

Declarations of Interests

Decision-makers at BTHFT (see our Conflicts of Interest Policy), are required to make an annual declaration of any actual /potential conflicts that they may have; i.e. outside employment; or provide a nil declaration return.

As part of our contractual requirements with NHS England, and as set out in the NHS Standard Contract, we are required to publish all declarations made by decision makers, which includes the following information:

  • Full name
  • Job title
  • Date and time the declaration was submitted
  • All details entered into the Declare System relating to the declaration

In addition to the above; from 1st April 2022, we are now also required to publish the name and position of any ‘Decision-Making Staff’ who have not completed a declaration of interest or submitted a nil return in respect of that contract year, as required under ‘Managing Conflicts of Interest in the NHS’.

Decision-Maker declarations will be published for a period of 6 months (unless open-ended), unless they can demonstrate a real danger of harm should the declaration go into the public domain.

A list of Decision-Makers that did not make a declaration during 2021/22 are listed below:

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Consultant Plastic Surgery

Consultant Diabetes

Consultant Accident And Emergency

Consultant Accident And Emergency

Consultant General Medicine

Locum Consultant