The NIHR ARC KSS Board is accountable to the host organisation, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and through them to the National Institute for Health and Care Research and the Department of Health and Social Care.

 Our Board

  • Meets three times a year in public
  • Maintains strong engagement with Integrated Care Systems in the region
  • Has three public members

The Board provides oversight and governance of the NIHR ARC KSS, by guiding the overall vision and making sure that the work carried our addresses the specific health and social care issues in the region with tangible outcomes.

Independently chaired by Sir Nick Black, the Board members include: higher education institutions, integrated care partnerships the Academic Health Science Network, Clinical Research Network, primary care networks, public health, local authorities, the NHS and public advisors.

Observing a Board meeting 

Our next Board meeting is being held on: Wednesday 7 February 2024  (2-4pm). A copy of the agenda is available here.

 If you would like to observe a Board Meeting please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., three days before the meeting with the information requested below.

For the next Board meeting on Wednesday 7 February 2024 (2-4pm) you will need to email us the information below by 5pm on Friday 2 February 2024 at the very latest, so there is time to discuss any accessibility needs, send you the meeting papers and virtual meeting link and allocate any relevant questions to the appropriate Board member. Please note:

  • this virtual meeting link cannot be shared with anyone else. If someone you know wishes to observe the meeting please encourage them to contact us on the email above.
  • to avoid delay when you are accessing the virtual meeting room (via the waiting room) you will need to ensure you can be properly identified by your registered name. If the meeting organiser cannot identify you, you will not be admitted.
  • if there is not the virtual capacity for you to observe a Board meeting on a date of your choice, you will be given the next available date.

at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In your email please include your:

Town or locality within Kent, Surrey or Sussex:
Organisation or network (if applicable):
Role (if applicable):
Contact details (email, phone):

State the Board meeting you would like to observe:

1st Choice:

2nd Choice:

State your question for the Board, if you have one, and which item on the agenda it refers to.

Dates of future NIHR ARC KSS Board meetings in public include:

Date:    Thursday 20 June 2024
Time:    2-4pm
Venue:  University of Surrey, Guildford

Date:    Tuesday 8th October 2024
Time:    2-4pm
Venue:  Via Zoom

Full details of all our meetings can be found on our events page:

View event listings

Board papers

Board Minutes: 7 November 2019

Board Minutes: 5 February 2021

Board Minutes: 3 June 2021

The ARC KSS Executive Group has delegated operational responsibility to ensure that the ARC delivers its objectives/milestones and monitors the progress of research, implementation, capacity building, dissemination and patient and community engagement, involvement and participation activities to those objectives.

Governance Meeting Structure

Executive Group

The ARC KSS executive group continues to oversee the delivery of ARC KSS's business plan milestones and meets every six weeks.

Theme Lead Forum 

The ARC KSS Theme Lead Forum meets every 8-12 weeks to oversee progress towards theme objectives and identify synergies, reporting the executive and the Board.

Implementation Strategy Group

This Group meets quarterly to monitor the work of the implementation team and reports to the Executive Group and the Board.  The newly established Implementation Panel working closely with the Integrated Care Boards across KSS will assist in prioritising implementation of research evidence and monitor impact.

Each ARC KSS Theme has a strategy and oversight group feeding into the executive group and leads forum.

Organisation and Research Capacity Group

Our Research Capacity Group (ORCA) meets every 12 weeks to ensure the delivery of the ARC KSS Academic Career Development strategy.

The Group reports to the executive group and the Board.

Public Involvement Network

Our Public Involvement Network (PIN) is the ARC's PCIE governance group.

Over the last year, the PIN has progressed from initial development of relationships of its value and role, to a supportive network of colleagues who report back on theme and project activities, input into strategy review groups, provide information for impact and reporting, as well as acting as community connectors.

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