Member resource – an overview of the documents that newly elected/appointed foundation trust governors should be provided with in order to develop a good understanding of their liabilities and responsibilities – NHS FT terms of reference and example documents

Governors have a range of roles to fulfil incorporating legal, oversight and governance responsibilities. It is therefore essential that governors are fully aware of their legal duties, values, vision and behaviours the trust seeks to promote to staff, members and patients.

ICSA’s research into NHS governance: 'Mapping the Gap' highlights the need for governors to be provided additional training and support if they are to successfully perform the roles proposed under the Health and Social Care Bills.

The following document outlines key information that should be provided over the first few months of appointment which encompasses the following:

  • Governor duties
  • Governor support
  • Foundation trust activities
  • Council issues.

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