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Q: What can I expect when attending the Board of Directors meeting?

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As a member of the public, you are welcome to attend Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust's Board of Directors meetings.

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 15 voting board members with the balance of 7 Executives and 8 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 story.  A user of services or a carer 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 enables executive members to address any specific issues with a particular service. 


Standing Items

  • Apologies - The meeting starts with apologies for absence from members who are unable to attend.
  • Declarations of interest - this specifically relates to voting Board members who must declare an interest, particularly a financial interest, in any item that may be under discussion.  This reduces the likelihood of any conflicts of interest arising during the meeting.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting – the minutes from the last Board meeting held are considered for their accuracy and then agreed.
  • Matters Arising – any actions from the minutes of the last meeting are updated by the person responsible.
  • Chief Executive Officer’s update and Chairman’s report are provided.
  • The minutes and chair’s reports of board committees and the Council of Governors are reviewed.

    Other Items
    These are items that are discussed in the public meeting and include the Quality Report, the Care at a Glance report, the Board Assurance Framework and various other items of public interest such as the patient survey, staff survey, strategies and plans. 

    Any other business (AOB) and questions from the public
    Any other business (AOB) is a chance for Board members to raise brief matters that did not appear on the agenda.  These are generally kept to a minimum.  There is a 5 minute slot at the end of the meeting for members of the public to ask questions or raise issues specifically about items on the agenda.

    Close of the public meeting
    Once all the questions have been asked the Chair will close the public part of the meeting.  There will be a short break after which the meeting reconvenes in private.  The items that are discussed in the private part of the meeting relate to sensitive or commercially confidential information. Sometimes it is necessary for the Board to meet in private before they meet in public. There will always be short break however, to allow members of the public to join the Board before its meeting in public begins.