Council of Governors
Sherwood Forest Hospitals became an NHS Foundation Trust on the 1 February 2007 and a Council of Governors was established. Whilst our hospitals are still part of the NHS we now have more freedom and flexibility on how we run our services for the benefit of our local community. The Governors work with the Board of Directors and represent the interest of our members in the planning of services.
The Council of Governors are either elected by our public and staff members, or appointed to represent community partners, such as the local councils and commissioners.
Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day management of the Trust. This responsibility remains with the Board of Directors who are held to account by the governors.
Roles and Responsibilities of Governors
The role of governors
The organisation that regulates all Foundation Trusts is called Monitor. Monitor sets out advice on what it means to be a Governor in a document called the Code of Governance. The key points include:
- Every Foundation Trust will have a Council of Governors which is responsible for representing the interests of NHS Foundation Trust members and partner organisations in the local health economy in the governance of the NHS Foundation Trust
- Governors must act in the best interests of the NHS Foundation Trust and should adhere to its values and code of conduct
- The Council of Governors should hold the Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors and the NHS Foundation Trust, including ensuring the Board of Directors acts so that the NHS Foundation Trust does not breach the terms of its authorisation.
As such, the role of the Governors is to:
- Represent the interests of the Foundation Trust members and stakeholder organisations in the local health economy in the governance of the Foundation Trust.
- Advise the Board of Directors, to ensure that the Foundation Trust acts in a way that is consistent with its objectives and that it operates under the terms of its Authorisation.
- Acts in an advisory capacity by providing the stakeholder, public and staff representation to the strategic direction of the Foundation Trust.
- Give the views of the Council of Governors on the development of the forward plans of the Foundation Trust and any significant changes to the health care provided by the Foundation Trust.
- Meet with people in their local community or staff group to report back on what happens in Council of Governor meetings and to listen to ideas and opinions from members of the public and staff.
- Acknowledge the overall responsibility of the Board of Directors for running the Foundation Trust and should not try to use the powers of the Council of Governors to veto the decisions of the Board of Directors.
Foundation Trust governor duties also include:
Governors have specific statutory powers and duties which include to:
- Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Chairman
- Appoint and, if appropriate remove the other Non-Executive Directors
- Decide the remuneration and allowances, and other terms of office, of the Chairman and other Non-Executive Directors
- Approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
- Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Trust Auditor
- Receive the Trust Annual Accounts, and any report of the Auditor on these along with the Annual Report.
- In preparing the Trust's forward plan (Annual Plan) the Board of Directors must have regard to the views of the Council of Governors.
- To oversee the membership development strategy of the Foundation Trust.