A range of publications and resources to assist hospice trustees in developing their governance practice.
As well as these publications, many of the briefing documents in the Policy and Advocacy, and Commission sections of our website will be of interest to hospice trustees.
The toolkit will give hospice boards and executives the means to diagnose future risks, to make robust plans and to support any changes that need to be made to ensure the sustainability of their service.
Good practice guides
Our suite of good practice guides have been developed as part of our Governance Support Programme for hospice boards and trustees. They cover a wide range of aspects relating to good governance.
Designed to stimulate discussion across the whole spectrum of board appraisal activities, from individual performance reviews to whole board assessment.
Creating a strategy and bringing it to life so that all involved are 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 dashboard is a collection of the key performance measures of current and primary interest to the board, used to underpin their strategic conversations.
Focuses on what makes an effective board meeting, covering key benefits of effective meetings, good governance in meetings, as well as some top tips and resources.
Covers all aspects of recruiting and inducting new trustees.
An essential guide to the various aspects of quality governance.
Board Development Programme
The Board Development Programme final report summarises learning from the Board Development Programme against the six principles of 'Good Governance – a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector', plus one on clinical governance.
This report summarises progress and findings from the start of the Hospice UK Board Development Programme in early September 2011 to the end of December 2012. (Published 2013)
The Trustee Induction Pack
The Trustee Induction Pack can be used to complement hospices’ own induction of new trustees. The latest edition has a revised and expanded glossary which explains acronyms and a range of health and legal terminology.
This pack aims to help hospices in the United Kingdom with the induction of new trustees, and may be particularly useful to hospices that have not yet produced any induction materials for their new trustees. (Published 2013)
Twenty-minute guide to being a hospice trustee
The twenty-minute guide to being a hospice trustee covers the role of the hospice board, your responsibilities as a trustee and how to get the best from being a trustee.
This guide will help anyone who is considering becoming a trustee of a hospice. It is aimed mainly at those who have not been a trustee before. (Published 2013)
Governance matters is a guide to issues highlighted in the Charity Commission’s report of visits to hospices (2001-2006). It includes practical pointers to assist with compliance.
Charity Commission staff made review visits to 48 hospices between 2001 and 2006. This guide describes the most common issues affecting hospices found during the visits and offers practical action points and sources of further guidance to help hospices comply with charitable requirements. (Published 2006)