Answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Foundation Trusts. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust was authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1 April 2016.
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R) What is the role of the council of governors?

What is the role of the council of governors?

The council of governors has various statutory duties e.g. appointing the chair and other non-executive directors, approving the appointment of the chief executive, receiving accounts and appointing auditors.

The council of governors:

  • Works with the trust board and advises on our strategy and priorities, to make sure that we are focusing on what's important for our patients and their families.
  • Helps us get our members involved in the work of the trust, to ensure needs of the local community are met and to have a vibrant and engaged membership.
  • Hold the board to account regarding our performance, by making sure that we do what we say we will do.
  • The key role will be to reflect and involve the users of our services and their families with the aim to improve their experience.¬†They will be a critical friend and a guardian of our values and purpose.
  • Young people will need to be over the age of 16 to be elected to the council of governors.
    The council of governors will work with the board of directors. In this way, the council of governors plays a key role to help set our direction, ensure we deliver NHS care to a high standard and act in a way that is consistent with rules and procedures laid down by Monitor.