Class 4: How we make decisions

Class Description: decision making processes and records of decisions  
The Board provides leadership and direction to the organisation, ensuring that its affairs are conducted in an open manner, with the highest standards possible. It comprises both Health Board officers and Independent Members and together they share corporate responsibility for all Board decisions. As a member of the public, you are welcome to attend our Board meetings. Health Board meeting dates and all Health Board Meeting Minutes, Papers and Agenda are published on our website: https://abuhb.nhs.wales
The purpose of the Audit Committee is to Advise and assure the Board and the Accountable Officer on whether or not effective arrangements are in place - through the design and operation of the Health Board’s overall system of assurance - to support the Health Board in discharging its accountabilities and responsibilities for the achievement of the Health Board’s objectives and organisational requirements in accordance with the standards of good governance determined for the NHS in Wales.
 
Where appropriate, the Committee will advise the Board and the Accountable Officer (Chief Executive) on where, and how, its system of assurance may be strengthened and further developed.
The purpose of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee is to provide:
 
  • evidence based and timely advice to the Board to assist it in discharging its functions and meeting its responsibilities with regard to the quality and safety of healthcare; and
  • assurance to the Board in relation to the Health Board’s arrangements for:
  • Safeguarding and improving the quality and safety of patient-centred healthcare
  • The health and safety of staff, and citizens on the Board’s premises
  • The protection of vulnerable people in accordance with its stated objectives
  • The requirements and standards determined for the NHS in Wales e.g. the Health and Care Standards.
The Health Board’s compliance with and response to audit and inspection arrangements from within and out of the organisation e.g. the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, Internal Audit, Wales Audit Office and Community Health Council.
The Mental Health Act Monitoring Committee incorporates the Health Board’s statutory responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and scrutinises and monitors the organisation’s compliance with the Act.
The purpose of the Information Governance Committee is to:
Provide assurance to the Board that the Health Board’s arrangements for creating, collecting, storing, safeguarding, disseminating, sharing, using and disposing of information are appropriately designed and are functioning effectively in accordance with the Health Board’s:
  • stated objectives;
  • legislative responsibilities, e.g., the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act; and
  • any relevant requirements and standards determined for the NHS in Wales. 
Act as a source of advice for the Board to assist it in discharging its functions and meeting its responsibilities with regard to the:
  • quality and integrity;
  • safety and security; and
  • appropriate access and use,
of information (including patient and personal information) to support its provision of high quality healthcare.
The purpose of the Public Health and Partnerships Committee is to provide evidence based and timely advice and assurance to the Board to assist it in discharging its functions and meeting its responsibilities as they relate to public and population health and also its national, regional and local statutory and non-statutory partnerships. 
The Planning and Strategic Change Committee is a developmental Committee of the Board and will have a key role on behalf of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board in advising and guiding the organisation’s planning arrangements and implementing major change (one year, medium and longer terms plans).
The Finance and Performance Committee will have the key roles on behalf of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board of:
  • considering in detail annual performance and financial matters in relation to all aspects of the business of the Health Board;
  • making recommendations for action to continuously improve the performance and the financial position of the organisation;
  • closely monitoring progress against agreed annual actions in the Health Board
  • Integrated Medium Term Plan and also targets and requirements set by Welsh Government;
  • Advising on aligning service performance, workforce performance and
financial performance matters into an integrated whole systems approach.
The purpose of the People and Culture is:
  • To provide assurance and advice to the Board in relation to the appropriateness of the organisation’s arrangements for workforce, workforce planning including succession planning and workforce development and engagement in line with the Health Board’s Integrated Medium Term Plan, Clinical Futures Programme and arrangements to meet organisational strategic objectives and those set by Welsh Government.
  • The Committee will also have a key role with regards to workforce related legislation and also the legislative frameworks provided by the Equality Act 2010 and The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. 

The purpose of the Charitable Funds Committee is to make and monitor arrangements for the control and management of the LHB’s Charitable Funds.

The purpose of the Remuneration and Terms of Service and Committee is to provide: 
  • advice to the Board on remuneration and terms of service for the Chief Executive, Executive Directors and other senior staff within the framework set by the Welsh Assembly Government; and
  • assurance to the Board in relation to the LHB’s/Trust’s arrangements for the remuneration and terms of service, including contractual arrangements, for all staff, in accordance with the requirements and standards determined for the NHS in Wales and to perform certain, specific functions on behalf of the Board.
The full Terms of Reference for each of the Health Board’s Committees is available on our website.
For further information on Board committees contact: 
Richard Bevan
Board Secretary
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Headquarters
St Cadoc's Hospital
Lodge Road
Caerleon
Newport
NP18 3XQ
Telephone: 01633 435959
The Health Board has developed a Patient and Public Involvement/Engagement/Experience Framework and Engagement Strategy and is committed to ensuring the continual improvement in the services that it provides and undertakes service users' surveys to obtain feedback about these services. 
In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact: 
Richard Bevan, Board Secretary or
Rhiannon Jones, Nurse Director
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Headquarters
St Cadoc's Hospital
Lodge Road
Caerleon
Newport
NP18 3XQ
Telephone: 01633 435959
The Health Board has a statutory duty to involve service users, carers and the public in the work of the organisation, particularly where changes in services are planned. 
 
All formal public consultations will be advertised in the local press, with posters and information leaflets also issued to local premises such as hospitals, primary care sites, libraries and post offices.   Consultations are usually for a period of at least twelve weeks and all comments received during the consultation period will be considered by the Health Board. 
 
At the conclusion of a public consultation, a report on the outcome of the consultation and responses will be submitted to the Board, together with a recommendation on the required action arising from the consultation. 
 
Information on current and future consultations will be available on our website: https://abuhb.nhs.wales.
The work of the Health Board is governed by its Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions.  The Health Board also has a number of policies and procedures and these guide and direct Health Board staff and Board members of how decisions are made. (See Class 5 for further information.)