About the Boards

The NHS England Board consists of the Chair and five non-executive directors and four voting executive directors.

The NHS Improvement Board is comprised of the Chair, four non-executive directors and four executive directors. The Board is further strengthened by the addition of a non-voting associate non-executive director.

Roles and responsibilities of the Board

The Boards are the senior decision-making structure for NHS England and NHS Improvement. They have reserved key decisions and matters for their own decision, including strategic direction, overseeing delivery of the agreed strategy, the approach to risk, and establishing the culture and values of the organisations.

Key responsibilities to support the Boards’ strategic leadership to the organisations include:

  • Approving the business plan and monitoring performance against it.
  • Holding the organisation to account for performance and the proper running of the organisation (including operating in accordance with legal and governance requirements).
  • Determining which decisions it will make and which it will delegate to the Executive via the Scheme of Delegation.
  • Ensuring high standards of corporate governance and personal conduct.
  • Providing effective financial stewardship.
  • Promoting effective dialogue between NHS England, NHS Improvement, government departments, other ALBs, partners, integrated care systems, their constituent organisations and the communities they serve.