A range of useful publications and resources designed to help hospice trustees develop their governance practice.
Alongside these publications, you might be interested in the briefing documents on the Policy and Influencing pages.
Hospice UK’s 20 minute Guide for Hospice Trustees
An essential guide if you've not been a trustee before, and a useful refresher if you already have experience of being a hospice trustee or of working in a charity.
~ explains briefly what a hospice is;
~ gives answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about charities and trusteeship;
~ looks at the governance role of the hospice board;
~ describes the role and responsibilities of hospice trustees;
~ suggests how to make your experience as a hospice trustee worthwhile for both you and the hospice.
Risk Assessment Toolkit for Trustees
Our Peering over the Precipice toolkit will help you diagnose future risks to your hospice, make robust plans and support changes to ensure the sustainability of your service.
Good Practice Guides
Our suite of good practice guides were developed as part of our Governance Support Programme for hospice boards and trustees. They cover a wide range of aspects relating to good governance, and are free to download.
Guidance about the whole spectrum of appraisal activities, from individual performance reviews to whole board assessment. Download the appraisal of hospice boards guide.
An editable version of the sample review question framework from the appraisal of hospice boards guide.
An editable version of the trustee record from the appraisal of hospice boards guide.
How to create a hospice strategy and bring it to life so that everyone involved is aligned and engaged in delivering it.
Guidance on effective board reporting, providing the board with information that is concise, relevant, reliable, timely, material and fit for purpose.
A balanced scorecard is a select set of strategic, linked objectives and measures that help to understand the key strategic drivers of performance, and then monitor progress against these.
A hospice dashboard is a collection of the key performance measures of current and primary interest to the board, and is used to underpin their strategic conversations.
Focuses on what makes an effective board of trustees meeting, covering key benefits of effective meetings, good governance in meetings, as well as some useful tips and resources.
Covers all aspects of recruiting, selecting and inducting new hospice trustees.
An essential guide to the various aspects of quality governance.
Communication and engagement with hospice trustees
In September 2017, DB Associates were commissioned to undertake research into our communication and engagement with hospice trustees. This work also looked at the Forum of Hospice Chairs. This is a report of the findings.
Good Governance Programme
Hospice UK Trustee Network