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Council of Governors

The NHS Foundation Trust has established a Council of Governors. Its main role is working with the Board of Directors to ensure that communities needs are taken account of in the planning of services. The council also ensures that the NHS Foundation Trust carries out its duties in line with NHS principals and values. The Council is not be involved with the day-to-day management of the Foundation Trust.

Our Council of Governors comprises:

  • Four staff governors
  • Two clinical commissioning group governors
  • Three local authority governors
  • Two governors from the education sector
  • Two governors from the voluntary sector
  • 19 public governors

The staff constituency

Our staff constituency is organised into four categories with each category electing one of their number onto the Council of Governors. The categories are: -

  • Medical and dental staff
  • Nursing and midwifery staff
  • Allied health professionals, pharmacists and scientists
  • All other staff

The public constituency

The distribution of the 19 governor places is as follows: -

  • Chesterfield Borough - seven governors
  • North East Derbyshire District - four governors
  • Bolsover District - three governors
  • Derbyshire Dales and North Amber Valley District - two governors
  • High Peak Borough - one governor
  • South Sheffield and Rotherham - one governor
  • Southern Debyshire and West Nottinghamshire - one governor

Our partnerships

One of our six objectives is to 'build on existing partnerships and create new ones to deliver better care'. We work closely with organisations in South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and the East Midlands to make sure that together, we provide the very best care and treatment for local people.  Our links include Weston Park Hospital for cancer treatment and care, Royal Hospitals in Derby for complex vascular surgery and hospitals in Nottingham for complex trauma cases.

We're also part of the 21C #JoinedUpCare programme - a collaboration between the eight care organisations in North Derbyshire that buy or provide services for 380,000 local people. Its aim is to find smarter and new ways of working together that improve services for its citizens and use public money in the best possible way. The partnership will ensure the demands of a growing elderly population, with long-term complex illness and multiple conditions can be met, breaking down barriers to make sure patients receive not just high-quality clinical care, but well-organised care that enables a great patient experience. You can read more about the programme here (link to https://www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk/news/at-the-royal/918?_ts=1780013)

Our partnerships also extend into the community - with organisations like Macmillan, Royal Voluntary Services, Sight Support Derbyshire, the Alzheimer's Society and the British Red Cross.  Our internal Volunteer Service is also forging strong links with local people - to support staff in enhancing patient experience.

Our partner constituency

We have 8 partner governors on our Council of Governors representing the organisations who commission our services and those we work with.