As a foundation trust we are regulated by NHS Improvement, the independent regulator for the foundation trust sector. All providers of healthcare are also required to be registered with the Care Quality Commission and we have been registered without conditions.
Internally, the Board of Directors is responsible for the running of the organisation and for our performance. Our Governing Council, made up of governors both elected by our membership and appointed by a number of our partner organisations, has a number of statutory functions as well as providing a voice for the membership of the organisation. The statutory duties of the Governing Council are to:
• represent the interests of the members of the trust as a whole and the interests of the public
• hold the non-executive directors to account, both individually and collectively, for the performance of the Board of Directors
• appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Chair
• appoint and, if appropriate, remove the other non-executive directors
• decide the remuneration and allowances, and the other terms and conditions of office, of the Chair and the other non-executive directors
• approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
• appoint and, if appropriate, remove the NHS foundation trust’s auditor
• receive the NHS foundation trust’s annual accounts, any report of the auditor on them and the annual report
In addition, the Board of Directors must have regard to the views of the Governing Council when preparing our forward plan.