Table of contents
- Terms of Reference - Purpose
- Meeting Arrangements
The main aims of the Board are:
- to formulate strategy to lead the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) in
implementing a clear vision
- to ensure accountability by holding the NHSCFA to account for the delivery of
strategic objectives and by seeking assurance that systems controls are robust and
- to shape a positive culture for the NHSCFA and support the development of the
Members will act with to promote the success of NHSCFA
The Board is authorised to take decisions on behalf of the NHSCFA and to obtain
outside independent professional advice of outsiders with relevant experience and
expertise if they consider this to be necessary. Further details are set out in Matters
Reserved to the Board.
- approves the strategic vision, aim and objectives and reviews the resources
required to meet these
- reviews the performance and achievements against objectives ensuring corrective
action is taken where required
- approves the annual business plan
- approves the Annual Report & Accounts
The Board provides leadership to NHSCFA by;
- ensuring the vision and strategy are clear and are implemented with effective
controls enabling risks to be identified and managed
- supporting the development of the workforce
The Board supports the development of the culture within NHSCFA by;
- ensuring the behaviour of the Board is consistent with the NHSCFA Values and Behaviours framework: Leading Integrity, Fairness and Expertise LIFE.
- ensuring the above are clearly communicated to the workforce
Governance & Risk management
The Board shall:
- ensure the NHSCFA has integrated governance and risk management
arrangements in place and internal controls are maintained to meet accountability
- ensure that sound procedures are in place in respect of the reporting and
management of risks
- ensure compliance with the principles of corporate governance and relevant codes
- review and approved Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions as a
means to regulate the conduct and transactions of NHSCFA business
- ensure the functions of the NHSCFA are effectively delivered
- ensure submission and publication as required of mandatory returns and the
Annual Report & Accounts
- undertake a self assessment on an annual basis and consider, at the end of each
meeting, its effectivene in discharging its responsibilities as set out in these
Terms of Reference
The Board shall:
- establish and maintain Board Committees as set out in the NHSCFA Standing
The following make up the Board:
- Not less than three members who are not officers of the Authority
- At least two but not more than three members who are officers of the Authority
which must include the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Finance
Members will declare any conflicts of interest not previously notified prior to each
The following are usually expected to attend Board meetings in addition to the
- Department of Health & Social Care sponsor representative
- Board Secretary
- Minute taker
The Board may require the attendance of any director, or member of staff, to discuss
and review any area it considers relevant.
The meeting will be quorate if three or more members are present or one third of the
membership, whichever is the greater number (the Chairperson is included in this
The Board will meet at least six times per annum, scheduled to allow the discharge of
all its responsibilities.
The Board shall be supported by the Board Secretary
The agenda will be agreed with the Chairperson before being issued.
Agendas and papers will be circulated at least one week prior to the meeting.
Draft minutes of the meeting will be available for the Chairperson’s review within one
week of the meeting.
The Terms of Reference are to be agreed by the Board and reviewed annually.
The Board will maintain a forward planner showing the annual work programme.