What is GovernWell?

A committed, knowledgeable and effective council of governors is one of the cornerstones of a foundation trust's success. Our well established and wide-ranging GovernWell programme covers all levels of governor development with a focus on quality content and the governor role in practice delivered in an interactive format. 

Our GovernWell offer includes:

GovernWell training programme

GovernWell, the national training programme for foundation trust governors, aims to develop the knowledge and skills of governors to allow them to undertake their statutory roles and responsibilities effectively. Our practical, interactive training is delivered by experienced trainers with significant NHS experience who are committed to continuous development. The GovernWell training programme includes:

These modules are delivered as open courses and in-house on request for individual council of governors where content can be tailored to specific development needs and requirements.

Governor Focus conference

Our national Governor Focus conference is the leading annual free event for NHS governors. The event provides a opportunity for governors to network with their peers from across the country and learn from colleagues and sector leaders on issues and developments within the sector directly affecting their role. Keep an eye on this page for future dates and details. 

Virtual governor workshops

The GovernWell programme also provides free virtual governor workshops twice a year to enable governors to keep up to date with key policy issues, share good practice and discuss hot topics with peers. For more details and future dates please see here

Governor Focus newsletter

We send a regular newsletter to NHS governors with a round-up of the latest news, policy updates, case studies and interviews as well as relevant training opportunities. 

Support and guidance 

As part of GovernWell, we have a range of guidance documents, resources and case studies providing you with role information and advice. For any other queries please contact the governor support team