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Specimen roles and responsibilities of the council of governors - NHS foundation trust

The governance arrangements within NHS foundation trusts are unique, in that each has a membership, a board of directors and a council of governors. This guidance provides a brief overview of the legal, oversight and governance roles that all governors have to play within NHS foundation trusts, and can be used as the basis for drafting role descriptions.

'The existence and application of a council of governors provides a governance dynamic unusual to most enterprises in the UK. Given the legal duties the governors currently must fulfil...it is essential that governors are aware of their roles and responsibilities.'

The core responsibilities of governors are wide-reaching and encompass the following:

  • Strategy and management
  • Compliance
  • The function of the board
  • Membership engagement
  • Council activities.

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