What is governance?

Governance is about how our Trust is managed and how decisions are made. In particular governance focuses on:

  • Organisation – How decisions are made by our Trust Board and committees
  • Management – The roles and responsibilities established to manage our services and to help our Trust achieve its objectives.
  • Policies – Providing our staff with guidelines to help them when making decisions while carrying out their tasks

With good governance processes in place we can assure the community that we serve that our Trust is operating efficiently and safely.

National Fraud Initiative 2018

Fair Processing Notice

This authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We participate in the Cabinet Office’s National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.
The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice.

View further information on the Cabinet Office’s legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information.

For further information on data matching at this authority contact Becci Goodchild, Local Counter Fraud Specialist,, 07815 433361.

Useful Info

You can find out more about how our Trust Board works, board meetings and board papers in the Trust Board section

Data protection impact assessments

The Trust has data protection impact assessments in place (DPIA). If DPIAs are not available on our website, any requests to view them by a member of the public will be reviewed under the Freedom of Information Act. Click here for more information on this.

Please note that privacy notices compliant with GDPR are already available on our website.