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Specimen matters reserved for the board of directors – NHS foundation trust

No matter how effective a board of directors may be it is not always possible, nor desirable, for the directors to have ‘hands-on’ involvement in every area of the foundation trust’s activities. ICSA’s research ‘Mapping the Gap’ found that there is a gap between the theory associated with good governance and the reality of board practice in the NHS. The governance could be improved to ensure that the board of directors is aware of their duties and powers and is clear as to what functions which can be delegated and those that can not and/or should not be delegated.

This guidance document has been produced to assist boards of directors, governors and trust secretaries in preparing a schedule of matters reserved for the board in accordance with good corporate governance.

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