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Roles and responsibility

The role of a Governor is to:

  • Support the aims and vision of the Trust
  • Contribute effectively to the work of the Council of Governors in the fulfilment of its role as set out in the Trust's constitution
  • Understand that the decisions of the Council of Governors must take full account of the needs and views of patients, local people and staff
  • Seek to ensure that individually and collectively they uphold the Trust's commitment to equality and diversity
  • Value and respect governor colleagues and all members of staff and patients with whom they come into contact
  • Respect appropriate confidentiality of information received in their role as Governor
  • Act with integrity and objectivity and in the best interests of the Trust, without any expectation of personal benefit
  • Attend meetings of the Council of Governors, members' meetings and training events to be able to carry out the role of Governor to the best of their ability
  • Demonstrate high standards of personal conduct and act as a positive ambassador for the Trust
  • Adhere to Trust policies and procedures

    The Health and Social Care Act 2012 modified the role of the governors from "holding the Board to account for the performance of the Trust" to "holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board". The Board's performance can be judged by the way in which it maintains compliance with the Monitor Provider License.

    In addition to this core duty, governors take an interest in some of the more operational aspects of the Trusts, and use the Governors' Log of Communications to ask questions about these matters from time to time. Examples of these "ad hoc" questions are given here. Governors' questions are published in each set of minutes of the Council of Governors meeting, which are available to read here: www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/about-us/membership/council-of-governors/council-of-governors-papers/