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Wednesday 13 December 2017
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Council of Governors

Governors Zone

The Trust’s Council of Governors consists of 16 elected public and staff governors, alongside representatives from local partners and councils (known as appointed governors), totalling 27 members. They meet six times a year in public which Trust members are welcome to observe. For more information on all the Trust's governors visit the Governors section

You can see a full list of upcoming meeting dates and meeting papers on the Council of Governors meetings section.

The Council of Governors performs an important role. It is responsible for representing the interests of the Trust's members, the public and partner organisations, in how the Trust is governed. If you have any feedback, comments or concerns, you can contact your governor by emailing governors@derbyshcft.nhs.uk (please specify which governor you wish to talk to) or through the Trust's membership office on 01332 623723.

The governors also have a number of statutory responsibilities including:

  • Ensuring that the Trust operates in a way that is fit for its purpose and authorisation

  • Acting as an ambassador for the Trust

  • Board level appointments.


Learn more about governors' responsibilities by reading the Constitution of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. 

The Council is supported by a monthly governance committee looking at key issues in greater depth: strategy and finance, governor development, membership development and quality. The Trust is committed to the continuing development of governors and encourages participation in the national “Govern Well” Programme.

The governors also support the bi-annual membership magazine (Connections), which is issued to all members and is available across the county.

Becoming a governor

The Trust regularly invites its members to stand for election as a governor in constituencies throughout Derbyshire. Members can find out more about how to do this by visiting the Becoming a Governor section.