If you are interested in becoming a governor or member of the Trust, you may find the following information useful.
- your statutory duties – a reference for NHS foundation trust governors
- Trust Constitution – each NHS Foundation Trust is required to have a Constitution (PDF 1Mb) drafted in accordance with the legislation that creates NHS Foundation Trusts as Public Benefit Corporations.
The Constitution forms part of the terms of a Foundation Trust's provider licence as granted by NHS Improvement, the Independent Regulator of Foundation Trusts. NHS Improvement’s responsibilities under the previous legislation for approving and keeping a watch over Foundation Trust constitutions have passed to the Council of Governors and the Foundation Trust members.
On behalf of the members, Governors are expected to ensure that the Constitution complies with the law, is appropriately drafted for their Foundation Trust, and up-to-date. The Council of Governors, in consultation with the Board of Directors, can change the Constitution but is obliged by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to present the changes to the membership and give members an opportunity to vote on the amendments usually at the Annual Public Meeting.
- NHS Providers offers a range of governor support throughout England. Their work is directed by the Governor Advisory Committee (GAC) which includes eight elected Foundation Trust governors and two NHS Providers board members. See more information about their products and services including training courses, networking events and guidance documents.
- For annual reports plus board papers and other useful documents, see our publications section.
Got a question?
If you have a question about becoming a member or governor of the Trust, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Governors have some very important formal duties, which include playing a key part in the appointment of the chairman and non-executive directors, and acting as the eyes and ears of the public, patients, staff and stakeholders in relation to the way the Trust is run."