Trust Board of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for the
operational and strategic direction of the Trust and is
accountable, through its Chair, to NHS Improvement,
the regulator of Foundation Trusts. The safety and
quality of care provided at our hospitals is regulated
by the Care Quality Commission.

The general range of services are commissioned by Morecambe Bay
Clinical Commissioning Group.

To find out how the Trust fits in with the wider NHS structure, take a look at NHS Choices for more information.

The key functions of the Board can be described as:

  • To set the strategic direction, define objectives and agree plans
  • To monitor performance and take corrective action where appropriate
  • To ensure financial balance
  • To ensure high standards of corporate and clinical governance
  • To appoint, appraise and remunerate executives
  • To work in partnership with external bodies and the local community

Register of Declarations of Interest

The Chair is responsible for the overall conduct of the Trust. He appoints 
and reviews the performance of the Chief Executive and both the Chief 
Executive and the Chair appoint and review the performance of other 
Executive and Associate Directors. The Chair and Chief Executive have 
key roles in leading the external and public relationships of the Trust and 
in establishing the appropriate internal environment.

The Non Executive Directors provide support, advice and other 
specialist skills to the Trust and the Board. They are responsible for 
ensuring that the interests of the local community are represented and, 
with the Chair, for monitoring the executive management of the 

The Chief Executive is the accountable officer to Parliament and is 
responsible for ensuring that the organisation works effectively in 
accordance with national health policy, public service values and 
maintainance of financial control. The Chief Executive is also personally 
accountable for clinical and corporate governance. The Chief Executive 
is directly accountable to the Board for ensuring that its decisions are 

The Executive and Associate Directors, led by the Chief Executive, 
are responsible for the overall management of the Trust. This includes 
the delivery of services, the management of staff and resources and the 
development of Trust's strategic direction. The Executive and Associate 
Directors have individual responsibilities and provides leadership for 
specific areas of work.

Our Constitution

Find out more about our Constitution.

The Board has the following sub committees - for details click on the relevant committee for the terms of reference:

Due to the wide geographical spread and complexity of the Trust,
the management structure has been arranged to support
multi-site working. The departmental (divisional) management
structure provides specific skills and knowledge to a wide variety
of clinical and non-clinical areas. These are as follows: 

Clinical Care Groups

  • Medicine
  • Critical Care and Surgery
  • Women and Children's
  • Core Clinical
  • Integrated Community

Read our Care Group Guide to see more.

Corporate Care Groups

  • Corporate Management (further sub-divided into:)
    • Trust Headquarters
    • Clinical Governance
    • Nursing and Midwifery
    • Human Resources
    • Finance, Information and Supplies
  • Facilities (Buildings and Estate Management) 

The Trust’s business is governed by two key documents: Standing Orders
(SOs) and Standing Financial Instructions (SFIs). These two documents
are accompanied by the Scheme of Delegation, a Schedule of Delegated
Powers and the budgetary rules. Staff within the Trust are expected to
comply with both the SOs and the SFIs.

The Trust requires comprehensive risk management systems to be in
place, this system needs to be underpinned by clear accountability
arrangements throughout the management organisational structure.
Corporate Governance requires that the Trust publicly demonstrates
how the organisation manages risk.

Trust Board Meetings

Trust Board meetings are held in public six times a year. The meetings commence at 10am and the venues for these meetings rotate around the three main hospital sites: Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and Furness General Hospital in Barrow.  Should you require any further information regarding the Trust Board meetings, please contact the Company Secretary on 01539 716684.

To view the agendas and any related Trust Board reports, please click here.

Updated September 2019

Next Trust Board Meetings

Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 10am in the Education Centre, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP

For more information about these meetings, please contact Paul Jones, Company Secretary, at:

To view agendas and papers, please click here

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