As a Foundation Trust we are accountable, via elected representatives on our Council of Governors, to our members who are patients, staff and residents in our community. The Council of Governors is responsible for holding the Board to account via the Non-Executive Directors and has a number of other statutory obligations.
Over the last year, our Governors have continued their involvement with the work of the Trust, offering fair challenge to the Board over a number of issues, particularly around our potential merger plans with the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Individual members have also contributed through our Patient Experience Group, which has participated in various projects, including the quarterly Quality Accounts Workshops and a survey undertaken in conjunction with the Patients Association about the involvement of carers in the treatment of patients with dementia.
We’d like to extend particular thanks to those Governors who have stepped down this year: Public Governors Keith Goodger (Richmond Upon Thames) and Susan Lockwood (Runnymede), appointed Governor Councillor Jean Pinkerton and welcome new Public Governor for Runnymede, Danny Sparkes and appointed Governor for Spelthorne Borough Council, Councillor Maureen Attewell.