NHS Improvement have published three documents on the role and remuneration of chairs and non-executive directors in NHS trusts and foundation trusts
This includes a new remuneration structure for provider chairs and non-executive directors, a development framework for provider chairs and an appraisal framework for provider chairs.
Responding to the agreed remuneration framework for provider chairs and non-executive directors, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:
“We have long argued that the growing disparity between the pay of chairs and non-executive directors (NEDs) for NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts needed to be corrected with an increase in the remuneration permitted for NHS trusts.
“The new framework agreed between NHS England and NHS Improvement and the government is welcome recognition that the roles of NEDs in NHS trusts is equally challenging. This will help NHS trusts to recruit and retain talented, skilled and experienced non-exec leaders, including chairs.
“We also note that although the guidance includes new suggested parameters for foundation trust chair and NED remuneration, it does rightly make clear that this will remain a local decision for foundation trusts governors. This is an important point.
“We look forward to engaging with providers and the national bodies as this new guidance is implemented.”