The Governing Body and its committees

We have a governance structure in place (PDF, 35KB) which details our core committees, groups which formally report to committees, external boards and programmes and committees with delegated functions. 

Each committee has set terms of reference (ToR). These contain detail relating to the committee under a number of different headings including the remit and responsibilities of the committee, the membership, attendance, quoracy, voting arrangements, administration and reporting arrangements.

Committee dates are set well in advance and as a rule papers are due seven working days before the meeting and are circulated (or published) four working days before the meeting. Please note whilst not expected, dates are occasionally subject to change.

Governing Body

For the Governing Body this information is covered in its standing orders which are contained within our Constitution (PDF, 1.26 KB). 

Members of the public are welcome to attend Governing Body meetings. 

View dates, meeting papers and submit a question to the board

Audit committee

The purpose of the audit committee is to provide independent scrutiny and assurance of NHS Kernow’s activity with particular emphasis on the:

  • Integrity of the financial accounts.
  • Effectiveness of integrated governance, risk management and internal control.
  • Compliance with regulatory and statutory duties.
  • Effectiveness of internal and external audit functions.

Download the audit committee terms of reference (PDF, 313 KB)

Finance committee

The primary function of the finance committee is to provide objective scrutiny of our financial plans and decisions.

Download the finance committee terms of reference (PDF, 266 KB)

Joint primary care commissioning committee

This committee has been established by NHS Kernow and NHS England to enable decisions to be made jointly on the commissioning of primary medical care.  It reports to both NHS England and our Governing Body.  

Download the joint primary care commissioning committee terms of reference (PDF, 177 KB)

Members of the public are welcome to attend joint primary care co-commissioning committee meetings. 

View dates and meeting papers

Quality and performance committee

The quality and performance committee oversees all the services we commission to ensure they perform to the recognised standards, are safe and equitable, risk is well managed and the people who use those services are satisfied.

Download the quality and performance committee terms of reference (PDF, 462 KB)

Remuneration committee

The remuneration committee fulfils our obligation with respect to remuneration and terms of service for the executive team, very senior managers (VSMs), Governing Body members and clinical leads as outlined in the Constitution.  It allows the CCG to discharge its statutory duty to establish a remuneration committee as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and in regulations. 

Download the remuneration committee terms of reference (PDF, 156 KB)

Workforce committee

The workforce committee oversees many of the non-clinical and non-financial statutory duties such as patient and public engagement, health and safety, business continuity and emergency planning resilience, workforce equality and diversity, information governance, etc.  It also has oversight of human resources (HR) and organisational development activities.

Download the workforce committee terms of reference (PDF, 256 KB)