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Our leaders

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.

Due to the wide geographical spread and complexity of the Trust, the management structure has been arranged to support multi-site working. The departmental divisional) management structure provides specific skills and knowledge to a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical areas. These are as follows:

Clinical Care Groups

  • Medicine
  • Critical Care and Surgery
  • Women and Children's
  • Core Clinical
  • Integrated Community

Corporate Care Groups

  • Corporate Management (further sub-divided into:) Trust Headquarters, Clinical Governance, Human Resources, Finance, Information and Supplies
  • Estates and Facilities

Trust Board Meetings

Trust Board meetings are held in public six times a year. The meetings commence at 10am and the venues for these meetings rotate around the three main hospital sites: Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and Furness General Hospital in Barrow. 

Should you require any further information regarding the Trust Board meetings, please contact the Company Secretary on 01539 716684.

To view the agendas and any related Trust Board reports, please click here.