NHS Improvement is to introduce random checks of the non-executive directors’ CVs, HSJ can reveal.

Papers presented to the most recent NHS Improvement board meeting show the regulator will start introducing the checks as soon as the purdah period is over.

The news comes after the jailing of the chair of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust for lying about his qualifications.

In March Jon Andrewes was given a two-year sentence after working in senior NHS non-exec roles for a decade. He falsely claimed to have two PHDs and a Masters, plus a degree from the University of Bristol and a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

The proposal was approved by NHS Improvement’s provider leadership committee in April and revealed in minutes this month.

NHS Improvement also approved plans to make trusts lead the recruitment process of appointing non-executive directors, although the provider leadership committee will retain the final say.

The committee meets quarterly and last week HSJ published papers and minutes from its meetings, which showed trusts which had applied for and received permission to pay chairs extra. The documents also showed the tenure of existing chairs, when tenure expired and whether NHS Improvement had “comments” recorded for them. The comments were redacted.