Trust’s Governance Structure
The current structure of the organisation is set out below.
The Council of Governors
The Board and Governor relationship
The Board of Directors recognises the importance of receiving and reacting to the views of our Council of Governors. As a Foundation Trust from November 2011, the Board of Directors was keen to understand the statutory powers of the Council of Governors and to support it in creating the forums where the Council could hold the Board of Directors to account for its actions, decisions and behaviours through formal meetings and by providing all of the information that the Board has at its disposal.
The Council of Governors has established three committees, namely the Nomination & Remuneration Committee, Governor Governance Committee and a Membership & Engagement Committee. There is also Governor membership on the Quality Report Task & Finish Group and Strategic Development Task and Finish Group. Some Governors are members of the Trust’s Stakeholder Equality and Diversity Group. This Group brings together key external stakeholders of the Trust to provide feedback on our approach to equality and diversity.
Foundation Trust Membership
There are no limits to how many members we can have as a Foundation Trust; anyone who is over 16 years old and lives in the North East region can join. We can request that certain people do not become members, for example, someone who has threatened, harassed, harmed or abused NHS staff, patients or visitors in any way, and members of staff who have submitted their notice of resignation (though if eligible they may apply to become a public member rather than a staff member).
Our constituencies are as follows:
- North of Tyne: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and North Tyneside;
- South of Tyne: Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland;
- Durham: County Durham and Darlington; and
- Teesside: Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.
As at 31 March 2020 we had 9,054 public members.