Criteria for decision making
The Trust Board makes decisions based on its:
Standing Financial Instructions
The requirements of Monitor, the Independent Regulator for Foundation Trusts , particularly the Compliance Framework and the Code of Governance which are available to view in the Publications Section of the Monitor website at www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk
Annual Plan and Service Plan
The Trust Board delegates a range of decisions to its key sub-committees which are in respect of Audit, Finance and Clinical Governance. The Terms of Reference of these committees are reviewed annually. The current versions are as follows:
Audit Finance Clinical Governance
The Trust Board meets in public at least six times a year and the dates are available on request to the Company Secretary, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ.
Trust Board papers and minutes are routinely published on this website.
Key information is passed to staff by a variety of methods including the use of an email broadcast facility, a monthly Cascade Brief where the Executive Directors meet with the Trust's senior managers who then, in turn, meet with all staff, minutes from internal meetings, a general weekly newsletter Health News Weekly and a personal weekly message from the Chief Executive. Additionally information is posted on both the Trust's website, which is external facing, and the Intranet which is only available to staff.
The Trust has a dedicated manager who is responsible for both the Trust's external and internal communications
No public consultation has been undertaken since the autumn of 2005 when the Trust was in the process of applying for Foundation Trust status. This consultation showed a very strong level of support for the Trust's application which was approved in May 2006 and led to the hospital becoming Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust on 1 June 2006.