Strategy development: a guide for NHS foundation trust boards

Explains the role of NHS foundation trust board members in developing a clear and well thought out strategy.


Developing strategy: what every trust board member should know

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This guide describes what to look for when assuring the quality of your NHS foundation trust’s strategy, and points out common pitfalls.

It will help board members to raise critical questions such as:

  • how can strategy development help us make informed choices about the services we provide?
  • how can I be sure our strategy will meet patients’ future needs?
  • what is my role as a trust board member in the local health economy’s strategy development, and how can we align our plans?

Toolkit to support strategy development

Monitor has launched a new toolkit to support all NHS providers in developing clear and well-thought-out strategies.

The toolkit is designed to support you with your strategy development process. It will give you ideas for each stage of the work: both on what to do and on how to do it.

For more information about the support Monitor can offer in this area, please email

Published 16 October 2014
Last updated 31 October 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added link to the 'Strategy development toolkit' for NHS providers.
  2. First published.