Last week we held our autumn Charity Chairs event focusing on charity expenditure and serious incident reporting. We also opened this event up to execs as well as chairs to ensure as many people as possible got the benefit from these subject topics. We were joined by Alison Paines and Roger Waite from Withers, our honorary legal advisers who led the forum on charitable expenditure with particular focus on:

  • Legal position – your charity’s objects
  • Decision-making process
  • Grant-making principles
  • NHS funding

Alison and Roger also presented a number of examples relating to charitable expenditure which included staff benefits, overseas projects, research posts, hospital equipment, community projects and emergency requests. The full presentation can be found on our website in our member’s area, past presentations, Charity Chairs meeting 17th October 2018. You will need to log in with your password.

We were also joined by Kate Waring, Head of Risk Assessment Unit at the Charity Commission who spoke about serious incident reporting. Links to the latest guidance from the Charity Commission on the reporting of serious incidents can also be found in the past presentations area of our website or  . The Charity Commission updated its guidance on 17th October 2018.

I also had the pleasure of being key note speaker at the Health Financial Management Association’s conference on charitable funds, where I shared my reflections on my first 3 months in post. I will talk a little on this at our Member’s Forum meeting on 14th November, and will also focus on our brand new vision and strategy for the next 5 years. Thank you to members who have booked on to this, if you haven’t already done so, please do. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to voice your opinions on some of our key priorities for the next 5 years, including ‘what do we want to stand for’ and ‘what’s next in joint campaigns following NHS7tea’. To book your place please go to

Rather than a quote, this blog will end with breaking news from the Charity Commission:

News Just In: ‘The Conversion to Independent Status Guidance for NHS Charities’ will be published on the Charity Commission website on 1st November. We will post the link on our website as soon as it’s up.


Ellie Orton

Chief Executive, Association of NHS Charities


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