Below is a message from the chair of NHS Providers, Dame Gill Morgan, on the importance of governors:

A committed, knowledgeable and effective council of governors is one of the cornerstones of a foundation trust's success. It has a key role to play in the future of the NHS in providing support and challenge to the board helping shape the organisation’s future strategy.

Our support programme is for those people thinking about becoming a governor, new governors and those who have been in role for some time. The activities and information on the website will help you to understand:

  • how foundation trusts are governed
  • what councils of governors do
  • how councils of governors carry out their duties
  • how people interested in making a difference to health services can get involved.

The statutory duties in the Health & Social Care Act 2012 relate to the collective responsibility of the council of governors and as such, NHS Providers aims to develop council of governor capability. This will help achieve excellent governance for all of our trust members and ultimately contribute to improving the overall quality of healthcare in the NHS.

The context of our learning via GovernWell is to explore key elements of the governor role, such as understanding how to hold non-executive directors to account and what significant transactions are.

We’d love you to tell us how you have used the website to support your learning and development, please send us your comments at

You can find out more about our governor support activities for 2015/16 in our end of year infographic.

To find out more about our governor training and support resources, please visit the GovernWell section of our website.

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