NHS Foundation Trusts are ‘owned’ by their members and have a Council of Governors to represent the views of patients, public, staff and partners. The Council of Governors plays an active role in building relationships with members and represent their views to the Board of Directors, which has the responsibility of running the organisation and preparing the Trust’s strategy.
Governors provide an ‘ear and a voice’ for members, ensuring that their views are heard and that their opinions on the future delivery and development of services influence the Board of Directors’ decisions.
Governors take part in discussions regarding new service developments and membership recruitment and involvement. They also receive the Trust’s annual report and accounts.
Governors do not deal with patient complaints, staff grievances or concerns on an individual basis. The Trust works within the normal NHS complaints and Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) framework and all individual issues must be raised via these routes.
The Specific Responsibilities of Governors
- Giving the views of members to the Board of Directors;
- Developing the membership and representing the interests of members;
- Holding the Board of Directors to account in relation to the Trust’s performance in accordance with the terms of its authorisation;
- Appointing or removing the Chair and the other Non-Executive Directors;
- Approving the remuneration and allowances, and other terms and conditions of office of the Non-Executive Directors;
- Appointing or removing the auditor of the Trust;
- Being presented with the annual accounts and the annual report;
- Approving the appointment of the Chief Executive.
Any member of the public wishing to make contact with a member of the Council of Governors can do so via the Trust Secretary by telephone on 01204 390654.
Register of Interests
Governors are required to comply with the Trust’s standards of business conduct and to declare interests that are relevant and material to the Council. All Governors declared such interests on appointment to the Council of Governors.
The Register of Interests is available for inspection by members of the public.