How we make decisions

The Western Trust has a number of key groups involved in key decision-making:

Corporate Management Team

The Western Trust Corporate Management Team is chaired by the Trust's Chief Executive and includes the ten Directors. This Team has the responsibility for ensuring the overall delivery of high quality services, the achievement of financial and performance targets and the maintenance of appropriate clinical and social care governance standards.

For more information about the ten Directors - click here


Trust Board

The Western Health and Social Care Trust Board is chaired by a Non-Executive Chairman (Mr Niall Birthistle) supported by seven Non-Executive and eight Executive Directors. It has the following responsibilities:

  • To set the strategic direction of the organisation
  • To review the performance and quality outcomes
  • To determine effective stewardship of the organisation's resources
  • To ensure that the highest standards of governance and personal conduct are maintained.

For more information about the Trust Board, its membership, agenda and minutes click the Trust Board section on the right navigation column.

For more information about the Non-Executive Directors - click here


Integrated Governance Committee

The purpose of the Integrated Governance Committee is to ensure the Trust has in place systems and processes to support individual teams and incorporate accountability for the delivery of person centred, safe, high quality care, within a reporting framework and a learning culture.

The Committee has the responsibility to provide assurance to the Trust Board that appropriate Clinical and Social Care Governance arrangements of the Trust are in place and working effectively.

For more details about the Integrated Governance Committee membership and terms of reference click here.

To view how the Integrated Governance Committee relates to other key trust groups click here.


Audit Committee

The Audit Committee consists of Non-Executive Directors and the Director of Finance and appropriate Internal and External Audit representatives are invited to attend the meetings.

The main remit of the Audit Committee is to

  • Review Governance and Internal Control
  • Review the work and findings of the External Auditor appointed by the NI Audit Office and consider the implications of, and management’s responses to, their work.
  • Review the annual financial statements and the financial extract of the Trust’s Annual Report before submission to the Board.
  • Oversee the adequacy of the Trust’s arrangements for ensuring that value for money is obtained in the expenditure of all public funds entrusted to its care

The Audit Committee is also provided the Endowments and Gifts (E and G) funds annual report from the Director of Finance to provide an assurance that the responsibilities of the Trust Board as Trustees have been fulfilled.

For more details about the Audit Committee membership and terms of reference click here.


Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee

The Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee members include the Chairman and four Non-Executive Directors. The Director of Human Resources also attends the Committee as an adviser.

The overall role of the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee is to advise the Board on performance, development and appropriate remuneration and terms of service for the Chief Executive and all Senior Executives, guided by DHSSPS policy and best practice

For more details about the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee membership and terms of reference click here.