The Trust is keen to be at the forefront of NHS Foundation Trusts. We want to ensure that Governors bring benefits to the organisation and to help them fulfil their statutory role; we want to understand what members, patients and the public need from and think of the Trust and ensure that their views make a difference to what we do.
The Council holds the Non Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors. They also represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public.
Talking with the Trust’s members is crucial and the Governors lead on the Trust's membership strategy. This ensures that the interests of members and partnership organisations are represented in the governance of the Trust and that information is regularly fed back about our services, our vision and performance.
How do Governors gain views?
The Council has done this in a number of ways since 2006 including Governors available in the foyer of the hospital, linking with GP surgeries through patient groups and participating in patient visits at the hospital. Governors also have a network of family, friends and groups that they are already part of.
With a newly elected Council from August 2017, we are reviewing all processes to ensure they are effective and meet Governors' needs as we work through the induction process. The Council currently meets five times a year with a Committee structure sitting beneath that. Effectiveness is reviewed on an annual basis and some changes were made earlier in the year which will form the basis of how we continue. We want to focus on gaining views, from our members, patients and the public as well as our staff and ensuring these feed into discussions on future plans.
All recommendations from Governors/Committees are presented to the Council, as the decision making body, as powers cannot be delegated.
Code of Conduct
Governors operate within a Code of Conduct which sets out how they should behave as a holder of public office and what is required of this role. This is updated at least every two years and each Governor is required to sign up to the Code.
Declarations of Interest
A Register of Interests is in place for the Council. On appointment of a new elected Council every three years, all members are required to complete a declaration and any changes during the year must be notified to the Trust Secretary immediately and formally at the next meeting.
This is reviewed annually and, in addition, at the start of each meeting Governors are required to declare any interests that may affect the papers considered.
The register is currently being updated following the elections in July 2017.