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Council of Governors

Although we are not an NHS Foundation Trust, we recognise the value of a Council of Governors

The main role of the Council of Governors is threefold:

  • Advisory  - to advise the Board of Directors on decisions about the strategic direction of the organisation.
  • Strategic  - to inform the development of the future strategy for the organisation.
  • Guardianship  - to act as guardian of the Trust for the local community.

The Chair of the Council of Governors is also to be the chair of the Trust. The Council of Governors does not “run” the Trust, or get involved in operational issues. This is the job of the Board. However, it has a key role in advising the Board on issues and ultimately in holding the Board to account for the decisions the Board makes.

Council Structure

There are certain requirements about how Council of Governors should be made up. For example, there must be representation from local CCG’s, local authorities and staff constituencies. However, as long as the majority of Governors are public/patient representatives, the Trust can make its own decisions about how the Council is made up.

There are two types of Governors:

  • Elected Governors, voted for by the membership from public/patient and staff constituencies
  • Appointed Governors, from nominated partnership organisations.

Governors elected by the public/patient constituencies

There will be a total of fourteen public/patient governors, elected by the public/patient constituencies. This number is drawn from the different constituencies in the following way:

  • Portsmouth City – four Governors
  • Havant and East Hampshire District – four Governors
  • Fareham and Gosport – four Governors
  • Portsmouth Hospitals patients or carers – two Governors.

Governors elected by the staff constituency

There will be four elected staff Governors, who must be members of staff. These will be elected by the members of the five staff classes in the following way:

  • Registered Medical Practitioners and Registered Dentists – one Governor
  • Nursing and Midwifery (including healthcare assistants) – one Governor
  • Allied Health Professionals – one Governor
  • Non-clinical  – one Governor

Governors appointed from partner organisations

There will be a number of appointed partner Governors. The range of partner organisations would include:

  • Local CCG’s
  • Local authorities
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Other partner organisations

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