These objectives have been collated from relevant NHSE policy and guidance documents, alongside recommendations gathered from trusts that have notable experience in population health management and reducing health inequalities. They have been grouped into indicative areas of board-level responsibility, but this is not intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive. Board composition and executive portfolios vary across trusts, and it is recognised that there will be cross-over of areas of responsibility between different job roles. The guide reflects the unitary nature of trust boards, with objectives for both executive and non-executive board members.

Objectives related to sustainability and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) have been included where there is an overlap with health inequalities. Other sustainability and EDI objectives are outside of the scope of this guide, though remain important areas for trust boards. We also recognise the overlap between prevention initiatives and reducing health inequalities but have kept prevention outside the scope of this guide.

The priority objectives for emerging trusts have been identified in bold.