Our Board has 10 meetings in a calendar year (although it can also meet in August and December if required), with each meeting having a public and confidential session. The papers for the public sessions are available below.

Important Update regarding timing of Board Meetings held in public – with effect from the August Board meeting, scheduled for 31 August 2022, all Board meetings held in public will move from the morning to the afternoon. The meeting start time will be approximately 1.30pm and the finish time will be confirmed in the agenda for each meeting.

Meeting dates and times

Upcoming Board meetings in public 2022

  • 28 September 2022
  • 26 October 2022
  • 30 November 2022

It is currently planned to hold all meetings via MS Teams. This will be reviewed as the guidance on meeting in person changes. Please note that Board meetings in public start times will generally be at approximately 1.30pm with finish times given in the agendas.

Guidelines for members of the public

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Royal Devon has made the decision to hold its Board of Directors meetings virtually until further notice. The Board is committed to conducting its business openly and transparently and so is therefore utilising digital technology to enable future board meetings to be made publicly accessible.

Members of the Trust, the Council of Governors, the general public and staff are very welcome to observe these meetings, but may not take part in the Board discussion. However, there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting; questions must be in relation to an agenda item.

Members of the public are asked to register their interest to observe the meeting by emailing g.garnett-frizelle@nhs.net who will provide the MS Teams meeting link and guidelines for observing.

Joining the meeting on the day via MS Teams

  • The Trust will be using MS Teams software for the virtual Board meeting. Access can be gained by clicking a URL link which will be shared via email.
  • There is no need to download MS Teams software; all that is required is an internet connection and a web browser such as Chrome or Internet Explorer.
  • If you don't have the MS Teams app, click ‘Join on the web instead’ which will load the meeting into your web browser.
  • When you click the link in the invitation to join the meeting, please ensure that your camera and microphone are switched off. You will be able to see the Board of Directors in the meeting (9 individuals will be visible at any one time on the screen). In order to support the Board in transacting its business without interruption, it is imperative that observers are not visible on screen (your camera must be switched off) or can be heard (your microphone must be set to mute).
  • The chat facility within MS Teams is available for members of the Board only, until such time as the public are invited to ask questions by the Chairperson.
  • When the Chairperson invites questions, please type into the chat facility your name and that you would like to raise a question.

Guidelines for members of the public observing the public Board

  • Please note that to support good Governance, in addition to Board meetings being minuted, the meeting will be recorded via MS Teams.
  • You are observing a meeting of the Board of Directors in public, not a public meeting.
  • There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the meeting. The questions MUST relate to the business discussed as set out on the Agenda for the meeting.
  • Contractors and Representatives of Companies are welcome to attend but are not permitted to ask questions which relate to their business (company), any services they wish to offer the Trust or any on-going tender processes as these should be managed in line with instructions provided within the tender documents.
  • Due to time constraints, the Chair’s decision on the number of questions that can be taken at any meeting will be final. Any member of the public who asks a question will be limited to a maximum of two questions in the meeting.
  • Members of the media may routinely attend our Board meetings. Comments made in the public board meeting may be conveyed publicly by the media. The Royal Devon cannot control how comments are used externally unless they breach confidentiality or legal boundaries.
  • The Chair will ensure board meetings take place without disruption. The Chair has the right to exclude members of the public if they cause disruptions.
  • Questions about an individual’s care or a friend’s or relatives’ should not be raised. The first point of call for clarification on care or other related issues should be Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) who would put you in touch with the department involved with your care. Contact details are on the PALS page.

Board papers and minutes

Change to timing of Board Meetings in public – please note that with effect from August, Board Meetings in public will move to the afternoon.  Exact start times will be confirmed for each meeting, but will generally be at approximately 1.30pm with finish times given in the agendas.

As we continue our integration, some of the documents on this website will refer to our former organisations:

  • The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E)
  • The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT)

26 January 2022: Board Papers and Minutes

23 February 2022: Board Papers and Minutes

30 March 2022: Board Papers and Minutes and Question by a member of the public

27 April 2022: Board Papers and Minutes

25 May 2022: Board Papers and Minutes

29 June 2022: Board Papers and Integrated Care System for Devon - June 2022 update

31 August 2022: Board Papers and Minutes

28 September 2022: Board Papers

Strategic approach: Creating a sense of inclusion for all, demonstrably embraces and values diversity and equity

For board papers and minutes from previous years, you can access our archives. Please note these will take you to our former Trust websites.

Browse the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust archive

Browse the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust archive

Glossary of acronyms

Although we aim to ensure we use as few acronyms as possible in our board papers (or at least none without explanation), a glossary of acronyms is available to download.


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Last updated: September 26, 2022