Elections to our inaugural Council of Governors were announced in August 2013, however further to the announcement to step off the Foundation Trust pipeline back in December 2015, the Governors and Board took the opportunity to review their Terms of Reference. Under the revised Terms of Reference the name of the Council was amended to reflect the strengthening engagement with the membership to ‘Members Council’.
The responsibilities of the Members Council and Governors are to:
act as a critical friend and advisor, representing the interests of the organisation, staff, members and wider public
support the Board in the development of the organisation’s strategic plans (including the Annual Plan) seeking assurance and continued transparency on its delivery and implementation
play a role in promoting integrated and partnership working and in assessing its effects
provide third party expertise and advice, on invitation from Officers of the Trust
be an advocate for the Trust providing support and bringing to the attention of the Trust any matters of broad concern (not individual cases) raised by constituent members in relation to standards of care, safety, performance, value for money or any matter contrary to the Trust’s values and in the spirit of the ‘See something, say something’ campaign.
contribute to the development of; and approve the Membership Engagement Strategy
work with the Board to establish a process for handling issues such as; the removal of Council members, dealing with disputes, tenure and other ‘constitutional’ matters.
In addition, Governors are invited to participate in the Board level appointments process and observe a number of Board Committees.
The Council comprises 14 publicly elected governors and five staff elected governors representing the constituencies of Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire, as well as six appointed governors from partner organisations. However, the Council does have a number of vacancies which we are holding pending a further review of the role of Governor in the changing health environment.