The Trust Board
The Trust Board has overall responsibility for the operational and strategic direction of the Trust and is accountable to NHS Improvement, the regulator of Foundation Trusts. The safety and quality of care provided at our hospitals is regulated by the Care Quality Commission.
The key functions of the Board can be described as:
- Setting the strategic direction, defining objectives and agreeing plans for the Trust
- Monitoring the Trust’s performance and take corrective action where appropriate
- Ensuring high standards of corporate and clinical governance
- Appointing and appraising executives
- Working in partnership with external bodies and the local community for the benefit of the Trust and the communities it serves
The Chair is responsible for the overall conduct of the Trust. He appoints and reviews the performance of the Chief Executive and both the Chief Executive and the Chair appoint and review the performance of other Executive and Associate Directors. The Chair and Chief Executive have key roles in leading the external and public relationships of the Trust and in establishing the appropriate internal environment.
The Non-Executive Directors provide support, advice and other specialist skills to the Trust and the Board. They are responsible for ensuring that the interests of the local community are represented and, with the Chair, for monitoring the executive management of the organisation.
The Chief Executive is the accountable officer to Parliament and is responsible for ensuring that the organisation works effectively in accordance with national health policy, public service values and maintenance of financial control. The Chief Executive is also personally
accountable for clinical and corporate governance. The Chief Executive is directly accountable to the Board for ensuring that its decisions are implemented.
The Executive and Associate Directors, led by the Chief Executive, are responsible for the overall management of the Trust. This includes the delivery of services, the management of staff and resources and the development of Trust's strategic direction. The Executive and Associate Directors have individual responsibilities and provides leadership for specific areas of work.
Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Chair of Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, has been appointed as an Advisor to the Board at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT).
Geoff is supporting the Integrated Care System (ICS) on system reform and his professional experience, together with his wider knowledge of the Morecambe Bay area, make him an ideal person for the role of Advisor to the UHMBT Board.
In particular, Geoff is supporting the Trust Board with its ambitions for system reform, integrated care and the New Hospitals Programme (NHP) in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The NHP offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build brand new hospital facilities and help transform health outcomes for the region’s population.
Geoff has a wealth of skills and knowledge for this role and will also continue in his role as Chair of Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group. His initial appointment is for a one-year period.
Geoff was born and brought up in Liverpool and he completed his medical studies there. He initially came to Morecambe Bay for training but never left. He was a senior partner at Risedale GP Surgery in Barrow-in-Furness for 35 years and now works as a Locum GP and in the Out-of-Hours Service with Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC).
Geoff’s wide-ranging career includes working in training, occupational health, palliative care, commissioning and being a representative on local medical committees. He was Interim Chair of Cumbria CCG before the boundary change, when he was elected as the Vice Clinical Chair of Morecambe Bay CCG in April 2017. Geoff has since been elected to the role of Clinical Chair for Morecambe Bay CCG, which he commenced in August 2018.
Geoff said: “Healthcare is at the centre of everything I’m interested so I am honoured to be working as an advisor to the Trust Board of UHMBT at a time when services are being transformed for the benefit of our patients and our local communities.
“As a GP and citizen of Barrow since 1981, I have lots to be thankful for and many of my family members have benefited from the care and services provided by UHMBT. My family has had lots of good experiences of care and I have raised eight children here.
“I am happy to be an advisor to the Trust Board because, at this level, you can often bring benefits to a much larger group of people through correct actions, commissioning, planning and implementation of plans.
“I have great optimism about the future here in Morecambe Bay because we have an excellent partnership developing through Bay Health and Care Partners (BHCP). This is something I’m particularly interested in seeing through as UHMBT is playing a major part in BHCP.”
Professor Mike Thomas, Chair of the Board for UHMBT, said: “We are delighted that Geoff has joined us as an advisor.
“Geoff’s strong links to Morecambe Bay as a Barrow GP, local resident and Chair of Morecambe Bay CCG, will ensure that he always has the best interests of patients and local communities in mind when he is advising us on the reform of systems, integration of care, progressing the New Hospitals Programme and much more.”
UHMBT holds Trust Board meetings in public ten times a year. Further information on the Trust Board is available on the UHMBT website.
Due to the wide geographical spread and complexity of the Trust, the management structure has been arranged to support multi-site working. The departmental management structure provides specific skills and knowledge to a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical areas.
Our Care Groups
- Critical Care and Surgery
- Women and Children's
- Core Clinical
- Integrated Community
- Corporate (further sub-divided into: Trust Headquarters, Clinical Governance, Human Resources, Finance, Information and Supplies)
- Estates and Facilities