Following ICSA’s ‘Mapping the Gap’ research project, it became apparent that NHS trust boards were seeking some assistance in ensuring that information presented to the board facilitated good decision-making. Good decision-making is a cornerstone of a robust governance framework, and the quality of information presented to boards can prove essential as a catalyst for constructive challenge and discussion producing high quality decisions.
‘Every member of the board needs sufficient information at a high enough level to be confident that the organisation is well-run, but not so much information that it becomes difficult to tell what is important. This is as true for executive directors as it is for non-executives.’
The following provides a specimen cover sheet for board reports that organisations are encouraged to review and adapt as they see fit.