What are NHS foundation trust hospitals?
NHS Foundation Trusts provide healthcare according to core NHS principles - free care at the point of delivery, based on need and not ability to pay. Foundation trusts were established by law which provided them with independence from central government and gave them freedom to make decisions for themselves. The council of governors represents the interests of foundation trust members and other stakeholder organisations. Governors are the individuals that bind a foundations trust to its patients, staff and stakeholders.
If you are elected you will need to submit a declaration of interests form, agree to obtain a CRB check, attend induction training and sign your acceptance of the governors' code of conduct and your roles and responsibilities as a governor.
Why become a governor?
The role of the governor is very important. Governors work with the board to:
- Advise The Christie on its strategic direction and hold the board of directors to account for the performance of The Christie in meeting the terms of its authorisation.
- Represent the interests of your members
- Represent The Christie in the community, engaging with members
- Appoint or remove the Chairman and Non-executive directors
- Approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
- Approve the remuneration of the Chairman and Non-executive directors
- Appoint or remove the Auditors of The Christie
- Receive the annual report and accounts
Who can be a governor?
You must be a member of The Christie - you can join before the nominations close if you are not already a member. You must be 16 years or over and you must live in the public area you wish to represent. If you move out of the public area you are serving during your term of office you will have to step down.
How much time is involved in being a governor?
As a minimum governors need to be able to attend:
- Most council of governors meetings. These are held four or five times per year in the evening from 5pm to 7.00pm.
- The annual members meeting held in July each year
- A minimum of two days training per year
- Committee or project meetings - about four per year
- Community engagement - several meetings in your local area with local groups and organisations to discuss their needs
How to become a governor
If you are interested in being a governor and would like to discuss this further please contact:
Ciara Norris, Electorial Reform Service, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW
Tel: 0208 8899203
The process is as follows:
- Obtain a nomination form from ERS by phoning 020 8889 9203.
- Complete the 100 word statement (or manifesto) setting out why you want to be a governor and why you will be a good governor.
- Complete the rest of the form including the declaration of interests.
- Get two people to support your nomination by completing the form. If they are not already members do not worry. Tick the box on the form and ERS will make sure they become a member before the election takes place.
- Send your completed form preferably with a recent photograph to ERS. It must arrive by the stated closing date.