Responsibility for our published work is delegated by the Board of Trustees to the chief executive, who works closely with colleagues to ensure its quality, objectivity and independence. Depending on the nature of the work, we may draw together stakeholders to comment on and contribute to our work – this may include health and care professionals, representatives of national bodies and other relevant organisations, patients, academics and others. All our publications go through a process of internal and external review before being signed off by relevant directors and the chief executive. The board is not involved in drafting reports, although from time to time the views of individual board members may be sought where they have particular expertise.
If a publication is the result of work we have been commissioned to do by an external organisation, this is made clear in the report. We retain full editorial control.
Our public position
A similar approach is used to agree our public line on policy issues. Responsibility for our public positioning rests with the chief executive who works closely with directors and other colleagues to agree our position on relevant issues. The board discusses our public positioning with the senior management team on a regular basis but is not involved in determining our line on individual policy issues.