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Governance, assurance and oversight

During 2022/23 our Executive Director of People and Corporate Services was the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) as delegated by our Chief Executive. He ensured that the organisational arrangements and resources were in place to meet our responsibilities and achieve our aims and objectives.

Progress was reported and monitored at Leadership Team and Board level in regular reports. We also had in place a non-executive director SHE champion providing oversight of the agenda. Likewise, update reports were provided to our staff at regular intervals through various channels including the internal newsletter, Chief Executive’s blog, intranet and business communication tools, live Q&A sessions and notice boards.

Formal consultation and engagement were via our National Joint SHE Committee, with local groups overseeing implementation in each team.

Additional methods used for assurance over our approach and our data were:

  • SHE Management System – our internal policies and procedures, ensured a transparent, systematic and controlled approach to our SHE activities
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) certification – externally certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard. During 2022/23 we successful maintained certification of our business-wide EMS system

Performance data for both health, safety and the environment is reported via the NHSBSA’s Scorecard and NHSBSA’s Corporate Governance Dashboard. These dashboards provide a source of both live and historic performance data and enhances the NHSBSA’s transparent approach to the reporting of this data.

Public reporting undertaken using the following methods:

  • NHSBSA Annual Report and Accounts – contained information and commentary on our performance, including that required by HM Treasury in Public Sector Annual Reports: Sustainability Reporting guidance
  • Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Annual Report – a more detailed report giving an overview of governance arrangements, performance and key activities