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What does a governor do?

What does a governor and the Council of Governors do?

Governors are elected by members. It is the role of a Governor to :

  • Speak up on behalf of the members, and share those views with the Council of Governors.
  • Represent their particular constituency by finding out what people think of services provided and what improvements they would like to see.
  • Keep people informed about the challenges faced by the NHS Trust and gaining their support in meeting them
  • Be an ambassador for the NHS Trust

The Council of Governors works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the NHS Trust delivers the services that reflect the needs of the local community. They are a vital link for the Trust with the local community. The Council of Governors do not get involved in the day to day running of the NHS Trust as this responsibility sits with the Board of Directors, but they are involved in determining the future plans of the NHS Trust.

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Who can be a Governor?

All members are eligible for nomination and election to become a governor unless they are disqualified for any reason. Governors have to commit more time than members due to their responsibilities but this should not be excessive.

How do people become Governors?

If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a governor please contact the NHS Foundation Trust Office on:

01271 314073 (Juliet Cross, Head of Corporate Governance)

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