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A re you interested in becoming a governor? What you need to know. How are FTs run?. How are FTs run? The composition of a typical council of governors. This body comprises elected NHS foundation trust members and appointed stakeholders. Council of Governors. Appointed Governors.

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how are fts run the composition of a typical council of governors
How are FTs run?The composition of a typical council of governors

This body comprises elected NHS foundation trust members and appointed stakeholders

Council of Governors

Appointed Governors

Elected from NHS foundation trust members

Public Governors

Staff Governors

Appointed representatives from key stakeholders

Members

NHS foundation trust members

Members

what is a governor
What is a Governor?
  • As a governor you will play a very important role in the Trust through a number of ways:
  • By being a member of the Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors
  • Acting as a link between FT members and the Board of Directors
  • Representing members and acting as an ambassador for both the Trust and the membership
  • Helping us make sure that the views of members are heard at Board level
  • Having a number of key responsibilities, such as:
    • helping us plan for the future
    • ensuring the Trust is accountable to local people
    • recruiting and developing members
    • appointing or removing the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
  • We will help you develop the skills you need to carry out your role as a governor
what will my responsibilities be as a governor
What will my responsibilities be as a Governor?
  • To bring new ideas about how services can be improved and provided in ways that meet the needs of the community served
  • To influence Trust plans and new developments
  • To share information about key decisions with other NHS FT members
  • To develop membership and represent their interests
  • To act as a guardian of the organisation, ensuring that the FT operates in a way that it should
  • Holding the Board of Directors to account
  • To fulfil a range of statutory duties
what governors don t do
What Governors don’t do…
  • Deal with complaints
  • Act as champions for individual patients
  • Get involved in the day to day running of the Trust’s services
  • Use the position to pursue a Trade Union agenda
  • Act as a Non Executive Director
what support we will provide
What support we will provide
  • National training and ongoing development though:
  • Foundation Trust Network
  • GovernWell
  • Local training and development:
  • Induction
  • Skills development
  • Mutual learning exercises
  • Site visits
  • Communication with members
  • First point of contact for governors is through the Trust Secretary and team
when will we need our governors
When will we need our governors?
  • Business Plan to TDA: June 2014
  • Chief Inspector of Hospitals visit: 2014/15 Q3
  • External assessments: December 2014
  • Readiness assessment by TDA: February 2015
  • Board to Board with TDA: April 2015
  • TDA approval: May 2015
  • ELECTION OF GOVERNORS
  • Monitor assessment phase: July 2015
  • Authorisation: late 2015
how can i get involved in the meantime and what happens next
How can I get involved in the meantime and what happens next?
  • Membership calendar of events
  • Become a Trust volunteer
  • Members’ Leadership Group
  • Due to be established from October 2014
  • Will be of a composition & size similar to that of the Council of Governors
  • Expressions of interest
  • Refreshed membership offering
  • Access to NHS discounts
  • Revised suite of benefits
foundation trusts are
Foundation Trusts are…
  • Hospitals or groups of hospitals that were formerly NHS trusts
  • Regulated by Monitor, an independent organisation rather than being accountable to the Department of Health
  • Organisations that have greater control over decisions including how and what services are provided
  • Supported by a membership of patients, local people and staff
  • Local communities are at the heart of the way a Foundation Trust operates
why do we want to become an ft
Why do we want to become an FT?
  • Golden opportunity to work with local people and our staff to improve services and develop future plans
  • Harness the views of our members and governors who will act as ‘critical friends’
  • Enable us to work with partners differently to provide care closer to home in a more integrated way
  • The application process tests and strengthens the organisation
  • New opportunities to empower staff and give them a greater say
  • Freedom to invest in local services in a tailored manner
  • Flexibility about the way we spend our money
thank you for listening
Thank you for listening

We are happy to answer any questions