The Board of Directors is responsible for the effective running of our Trust in line with set objectives and priorities. It also sets out the strategic direction of the Trust including the development of services and monitors the quality of these.
To help inform the strategic direction of the Trust, the Board also consults with the Council of Governors who represent the communities that our hospitals serve, including patients and staff. To find out more about our Council of Governors, please click HERE.
Please note – normally Mersey Care’s Public Meeting of the Board of Directors is a meeting held in public, rather than a public meeting in which the public may participate. However in light of COVID-19 outbreak, the Trust has taken a decision to hold this meeting virtually, which will permit the Trust to implement social distancing by reducing face-to-face meetings across the Trust in favour of meetings by phone / video conferencing.
This means that meetings will not be open to the public whilst COVID-19 arrangements are in place.
The papers for meetings will continue to be posted on the Trust’s website and minutes of the meetings – including any question and answers to Board papers raised by members of the Board – will also be published on the website
Should you wish to ask a question about the issues addressed in any of the papers for this meeting, please address your question to the Trust Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Trust will endeavour to respond to you within 21 days.
We hope your recognise that we are doing this to help protect both our staff and members of the public by reducing the opportunities for transmission through social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Trust will review this decision on a regular basis taking account of national guidance. We will also investigate options for members of the public to join our meetings virtually.
Board meetings are held bi-monthly on the last Wednesday of the month and venues and times are publicised on the website. Please click here for the Board meeting schedule.
The Board agenda and papers will also be made available on the website a few days before the meeting takes place. Please click here to access the agenda and papers section of the website.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by a member of the Corporate Governance Team who will explain briefly what happens in the meeting and provide you with a copy of the board agenda.
Complimentary tea and coffee will be available before the meeting begins.
Just before the meeting starts, you will be asked to take a seat in the public gallery area.
There are currently 13 voting board members with the balance of 6 Executives and 7 Non Executives. The Trust is required by law to have a Chief Executive, Executive Director of Finance, Senior Medic and Senior Nurse sitting on the Board as executive members. Click here to ‘meet the board’.
Q: Is there a formal order of items?
A: Yes - a particular sequence of activities takes place. On the copy of the agenda provided to you on the day, you will see each of the items as they are scheduled to be discussed.
The Patient Story
Each Board meeting begins with a patient/ carer or staff story. A user of services, a carer or a member of staff is invited to come and share their story with the Board, either positive or negative. This allows the Board to get a feel for what services are like for patients and staff and enables executive members to address any specific issues with a particular service.
The declarations for the Board of Directors can be accessed here