Help in a crisis during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.
Visiting: Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.
If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis
For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.
The Council of Governors
The role of the Council of Governors is to gain assurance on behalf of the Membership and the public, with regard to the organisation's performance, with a particular focus on service quality. The role and responsibilities of the Council of Governors, as defined by The Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the preceding 2006 Act include:
- Governors will represent the interests of members and the public
- Governors will have express statutory duties to hold Non Executive Directors individually and collectively to account
- Governors can require Directors to attend a Council meeting to obtain information on performance of the Trust
- Significant transactions will have to be signed off by 50% Governors voting
- Mergers/Acquisitions/Dissolutions will need the support of over 50% of all Governors
- Governors will express a view on the Board of Directors' forward plans
- Governors will approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
- Governors will appoint and remove Trust Auditors
- Governors will recieve and approve the Trust's Annual Reports/Accounts
- Governors will appoint, remove and decide the terms of office and remuneration of the Chair and the Non Executive Directors.
It is important to emphasis that the role of Governors is fundamentally different from that of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the direct running of the Trust and for the strategic leadership of the whole organisation; assuring high quality performance and delivery of all services.
Governors are are not directly involved in:
- operational management
- individual specific patient or staff issues
- handling complaints
- confidential patient issues
Council of Governors' Meetings
The Council of Governors' meeting is a quarterly meeting and members of the public and staff are welcome to observe. The next meeting will take place online on 13 October at 1pm. For more information, visit the Council of Governors' meetings page. Alternatively, please contact the Governor Office on 0115 9691300 ext:11153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more
- Advice and support for Governor Members[pdf] 880KB
- Membership Development Strategy 2017-2021 [pdf] 194KB
- A short introduction - the Council of Governors' achievements [pdf] 613K