To develop and oversee the implementation of a communications strategy for the Council of Governors in order to ensure that the views of the constituency represented, whether as an elected or appointed Governor are properly and adequately represented.
To promote effective communications between Governors
To review the methods used and to promote good practice in communications between Governors and members and make specific recommendations to the Council of Governors for implementation
To review the resources available and time of Governors in communicating with members and to make recommendations as appropriate
To conduct opinion surveys of members and Governors
To recommend a communications process for the agreement of the Council of Governors that supports the Board of Directors’ consultation with the Governors on its forward plans for the Trust.
To make recommendations to the Council of Governors on the maintenance and expansion of the FT numbers of members in the five constituencies representing the public including consideration of the development of a junior membership.
To review the Register of Members and make recommendations to the Council of Governors on increasing membership in under represented areas and/or wards.
To review the ethnic proportions of membership with a view to achieving similar proportions to the patients represented.
To monitor the membership on an annual basis and advise on corrective action to be taken in the event of a decline in numbers
To review the arrangements for the Annual Members meeting to be held by December annually.
To review future management arrangements of the Register of Members, including consideration of either tendering the service or providing in-house.
To make recommendations to the Council of Governors on the recruitment, selection and appointment of the Non Executive Directors which must be appointed within the next 12 months.
To review the procedure for the recruitment and selection of the Chairman and Non executive Directors.
To review the Rules of Procedure for the Council of Governors by June 2008, and make recommendations to the Council.
To review the Code of Governance as it applies to Governors and Members, in conjunction with the Vice Chairman, the Trust Chairman and Secretary.
To keep under review the Succession Plan and terms of office of NEDs and Chairman.
To review at least annually the fee scales, allowances, and cost of living rises, for the Chairman and Non Executive Directors having due regard to market conditions, other FT Trust scales, and intelligence from the Foundation Trust Network.
To recommend to the Council of Governors for agreement an annual appraisal review process of the Chairman & NEDs, in accordance with Monitor’s Code of Governance.