Boards and committees

The Departmental Board, its Executive Board and other supporting committees ensure that:

  • the Department and its Arm’s Length Bodies are delivering against its stated objectives – that we are doing the things that the public, patients, ministers and staff expect of us
  • that we are doing these things as well as possible – running our business efficiently and in compliance with our statutory and other obligations
  • that we have identified the risks we are facing and have plans in place to mitigate them

Our boards

The Departmental Board forms the strategic and operational leadership of the Department. It focuses on high-level strategy, performance and delivery.

The Executive Board exists to support the Permanent Secretary in her responsibilities as Principal Accounting Officer. It is made up of the civil servants who sit on the Departmental Board.

The final meetings of the NHS Management Board and NHS Operations Board were in September 2011

The DH, Social Care and Public Health Transition Board has been established during the transition to provide oversight of the design and delivery of each of the DH, Public Health and Local Government component programmes as part of the wider DH transition programmes.

This is to ensure the design and implementation of the DH, Public Health and Social Care structures and systems, and the transition to Local Government, are consistent with the needs of the new Health and Care system, and with the transition to the new NHS system.

The NHS Transitional Executive Forum (NHS TEF)  has been established during the transition to provide oversite of both NHS  operational delivery and development of the NHS future system as part of the overall new governance arrangements for managing the total health and social care transition.

The NHS Transitional Executive Forum oversees the design and implementation of the new health and care system from within the Department. The NHS Transitional Executive Forum manages two key programmes of work: designing the new health and care system, and implementation of that design. The NHS Transitional Executive Forum will cease to exist by the end of March 2013.

The NHS Transitional Executive Forum has two formal sub-committees:

The NHS Operations Executive, which oversees and ensures operational delivery and day-to-day running of the NHS while the reforms are taking place.

The NHS Future System Executive, which oversees the design and delivery of each of the NHS transition programmes of work required to meet the policy intention of the reforms.

The Transition Board for Cross-Cutting Functions has been established during the transition to provide oversight and assurance of the delivery of the cross cutting functional work programmes, ensuring they deliver the necessary functional change, and are fully integrated with the DH and NHS programmes they support.

The NHS Management Board, which has met for the last time and will be replaced by the NHS Transition Executive Forum, supported the NHS Chief Executive in his responsibility as Accounting Officer for NHS expenditure and provided leadership for the NHS ensuring effective two-way communication, managing NHS performance and shaping policy and strategy for the NHS.

The National Leadership Council has a central purpose to ensure that world-class leadership talent and leadership development exists at every level of the healthcare system.

The NHS Commissioning Development Board will work at a national level, bringing together national and regional leads to oversee commissioning development as part of the proposals outlined in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’.

The Provider Development Board will work at a national level, bringing together national and regional leads to oversee the implementation of the new provider landscape as part of the proposals outlined in the White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’.

Our committees

The Audit and Risk Committee advises the Accounting Officer and the Department’s Board on risk management, corporate governance and assurance arrangements in the Department and its subsidiary bodies.

The Department of Health Management Committee provides corporate leadership for the Department and supports the Executive Board. It is made up of the Department’s senior leaders.

Our advisory boards and groups

The main role of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy is to ensure the co-ordination of work across all partner organisations and across Government. It also helps support the Government’s aim of achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health.

The National Allied Health Professional Board provides professional oversight and expertise to the Department of Health, informed by patients and external partners, to influence decisions about the planning and development for the allied health professions and secure the workforce necessary to improve the quality of care.

The Nursing and Midwifery Professional Advisory Board is a board of clinical professionals who provide expert advice on nursing and midwifery workforce planning to the Department of Health’s Chief Nursing Officer.

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