Why do we have members and governors?

Foundation Trusts are part of the NHS and follow the principles and standards of the NHS.

Foundation Trusts have greater financial freedoms to design services best suited to the communities they serve.

As a Foundation Trust we are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) n England, the CQC is the independent regulator for the quality and safety of care. This includes the care provided by the NHS, local authorities, independent providers and voluntary organisations in registered settings.

Foundation Trusts have members from their local communities to allow anyone interested in what the Trust does and who elects representatives to act as Governors can become members.

Governance of a Foundation Trust is prescribed by legislation, to comprise of members, Governors and the Board of Directors. Members may be patients, staff or the general public who have an interest in the Trust.

The Governors are appointed by the members and represent members through a number of constituencies, such as Staff Governors, Stakeholder Governors (for example police and local authority) as well Public Governors appointed from the general membership who may represent patients or carers.

The Governors work with our Trust Board of Directors to agree the future plans of the organisation. The Governors also have the right to appoint the Trust’s Chairperson and Non-Executive Directors.

Governors have a number of statutory functions including: appointment and removal of Chairperson and Non-Executive Directors, setting of allowances for Chairperson and Non-Executive Directors, approve the appointment of the Chief Executive, scrutiny of the annual plan and appointment of the auditors, as well as receiving the annual audit report

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