Board of Directors Meeting 9 January 2008 The Board of Directors met in private on 9 January 2008. The Board considered a number of reports and had resolved to make the following public: Charitable Fund Annual Report and Financial Statements Psychological therapies funding opportunities Annual Heath Check Deep Dive Analysis Amended Complaints Annual Report Data Security The following is a summary of the meeting: The Board received an update on the Trust’s financial position from 1 April 2007 to 30 November 2007 and were pleased to note that it is currently on track to meet its year end targets. The Board was keen to look at reinvestment opportunities in line with the Trust’s priorities. The Board accepted the Charities accounts and agreed to develop clearer criteria for spending more of the charitable fund on imaginative projects for service users and staff welfare and amenities. The Board looked at the monthly performance management scorecard but noted that there were still difficulties in how data was collected, analysed and reported which made the data somewhat unreliable. A major piece of work is underway to resolve these difficulties and the Board will receive a full report back on progress at their April meeting. The Board noted the Trust Risk Register and found that no additional action was required to manage the identified risks. In looking at the report on funding opportunities for psychological therapies the Board noted that work is ongoing to ensure that the Trust has an analysis of all such therapy currently provided by the Trust and an agreed position statement on what they would like to provide in future to enable them to support PCTs in putting forward robust bids once the criteria is announced by the DoH. The Board felt strongly that it was key to have a good understanding of the psychological therapies currently provided and the benefits accruing from them and would continue to focus on this issue. The Board signed off the Annual Health Check for 2006/2007 and were pleased that there are no significant lapses to report to the Healthcare Commission. The Board noted that this was a very complex system of measuring the Trust’s effectiveness and agreed that it was important for the Board to continue to scrutinise each of the standards in some detail to assure itself on the quality standards of all the Trust’s services. The Board considered a report on the Trust’s data security which showed adequate governance arrangements with no losses of person-identifiable data in the last 12 months. However the Trust is seeking further assurance in this important area and is carrying out a thorough review of all its data security with a view to obtaining external accreditation of its systems and processes. The Board also discussed a number of longer-term strategic issues including developing an organisational development programme, reviewing its approach to business opportunities and remodelling the current approach to contracting.
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