Page updated: 18 May 2011
NHS Trafford (the borough's primary care trust) has followed strict governance procedures and protocols over the past year to ensure it operates in a commercially sound way, enabling us to manage risks and uncertainties, which might otherwise have a negative impact on the organisation's strategies and development.
The audit committee is made up of three or more non-executive directors of the primary care trust (PCT), one of whom must also be a member of the integrated governance committee to ensure a comprehensive approach to managing risk.
The committee is also responsible for maintaining an effective system when it comes to risk management, governance and internal control at the PCT.
Integrated governance committee
This is the PCT's main committee, dealing with both corporate and clinical governance. It meets on a bi-monthly basis and is chaired by a non-executive director. All its members are PCT executive directors.
The committee works on behalf of the board to deal with governance and risk management, and it monitors the organisation’s compliance with various external programmes.
Clinical executive committee
This committee is made up of clinical staff, including pharmacists, nurses, GPs and allied health professionals, and local authority staff.
It meets monthly and provides a clinical point of view for various commissioning proposals and strategies.
Finance and performance committee
The Finance and performance committee looks at performance management, financial reporting, capital projects, informatics, business cases, clinical investment and estates.
It is chaired by a non-executive director and membership includes representatives from finance, commissioning, information technology and pharmacy.
The remuneration committee makes recommendations and advises the board about the appropriate remunerations and terms of service for the chief executive and other executive directors.
They also look at terms and conditions for staff employed using Agenda For Change.
Joint commissioning board (Children and Young People's Service)
This board is made up of local authority and PCT members of staff, including directors of finance, with chairing responsibility rotated annually between the local authority and the PCT.
It is the main forum for joint-working between the PCT and the council and is responsible for the direction and supervision of sub groups related to the Children and Young People's Service.