MAIN TASKS OF THE NHS APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION
The NHS Appointments Commission will have the
To recruit, select and appoint people
to serve as chairs and non-executives of such bodies and NHS board
as the Secretary of State shall determine. At present, these are
NHS trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Health Authorities (but not including
Special Health Authorities) and Section 11 Charity Trustees.
To take the appropriate measures
to terminate the appointment of chairs and non-executives when
their performance fails to meet to requirements for the post.
To follow such general criteria as
may be set by the Secretary of State to ensure proper representation
of women and people from the ethnic minorities.
To ensure that the individuals it
appoints have the general attributes and competencies set out
by the Secretary of State for Health and the skills needed for
each particular board.
To ensure that all applicants and
appointees are treated with proper courtesy at all times.
To maintain public confidence in
the appointment process and to ensure that the procedures which
it uses for recruitment and appointment are open and transparent
and take account of the procedures set out by the Office of the
Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA).
To produce an Annual Report for the
Secretary of State on its activities and the appointments it has
To maintain an up to date list of
those serving as chairs and non-executives on the bodies for which
it has appointment responsibility, incorporating such details
as may be specified by the Secretary of State.
To make such returns to OCPA as may
To provide support for chairs and
non-executives. This will involve:
Establishing and maintaining
channels of communication with Directors of Health and Social
Care and Strategic Health Authority Chairs and the local NHS to
ensure that the appointments made by the Commission meet the needs
of the local NHS;
Providing mentoring to chairs
and non-executives on their board role and its operation and undertaking
regular appraisal of chairs;
Where the Director of Health
and Social Care is concerned about the performance of a local
board or chair, he or she may ask the Appointments Commission
to conduct an ad-hoc appraisal, offer advice or support in other
Ensuring, with the assistance
of the Modernisation Agency, that chairs and non-executives receive
proper induction, training and development and programmes that
reflect the skills and attributes needed by chairs and non-executives
and in particular the need to develop non-executives for future