How we represent you
Governors are represented at NHS Providers through an elected governor advisory committee, consisting of eight governors and two foundation trust chairs. The advisory committee guides the work programme and ensures that the collective voice of councils of governors is heard within and communicated by NHS Providers.
The following governors are members of governor policy board:
- Frances Blunden, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust - Acute constituency
Frances chairs the governor policy board
- Robert Alabaster, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust – Ambulance constituency
- Peta Foxall, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust - Stakeholder governor constituency
- John Jones, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust – Community constituency
- Roy Underwood, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Staff governor constituency
- Dr Nick Marsden, Salisbury Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Acute constituency
- Edward Waite, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust – Patient/service user/carer constituency
- Chris Howorth, Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Appointed governor
- Khalid Ali, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust - Public governor
One NHS Providers board member also sit on the governor advisory committee, including Sue Davis, chair of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Nick Marsden, chair of Salisbury Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The director lead for this programme is Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy.
Governor advisory committee meeting minutes:
- Minutes of the meeting on 6th January 2015 in London
- Minutes of the meeting on 19th May 2015 in Birmingham
- Minutes of the meeting on 23rd July 2015 in Birmingham
- Minutes from the meeting on 22nd October 2015 in London
- Minutes from the meeting on 21st January 2016 in London
- Minutes from the meeting on 24th May 2016 in London
- Minutes from the meeting on 28th July 2016 in London
- Minutes from the meeting on 3rd November 2016 in London
- Minutes from the meeting on 26th January 2017 in London
- Minutes from the meeting on 11th May 2017 in London
Frances Blunden's review of the year 2015/16
The Governor Policy Board has identified common challenges and themes facing governors, irrespective of the type, location and size of Trust. Particularly, the current financial environment raises important questions about how governors can effectively discharge their role of holding non-executive directors to account. Governors also play an important part in CQC inspections, although the CQC’s involvement of governors is not consistent across all trusts.
Effective member engagement remains a major concern for governors, and we hope to share good practice experiences soon. Particular challenges exist for trusts covering large geographic areas and very large trusts, which will be of increasing importance with mergers and acquisitions. It seems essential to target member engagement in ways that are more meaningful to patients and the public, perhaps focusing on localities or particular services, and integrating member engagement more closely with the trust’s broader patient and public engagement activity.
Finally, new developments to help the NHS adapt to the current challenging environment, such as the vanguard programme, new organisational forms and models of care, pose important questions about the appropriate role and contribution for governors in their development and operation. This issue will be high on our agenda for the coming year.
If you have any questions regarding the governor policy board, please contact us at email@example.com
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