NHS foundation trust governors and members: documents and guidance

Guidance and information for NHS foundation trust governors and members.

As an NHS foundation trust governor, you hold your foundation trust’s non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board and represent the interests of members and the public.

You should refer to the publications on this page for information on how to carry out your duties.

You may also find the following links useful.

  • Panel for Advising NHS Foundation Trust Governors: set up to answer questions raised by NHS foundation trust governors
  • NHS Providers: works to raise the profile of issues facing existing and aspirant NHS foundation trusts including governor issues and training
  • GovernWell: NHS Providers and the NHS Leadership Academy commissioned this programme as a one-stop resource for NHS foundation trusts to develop their governors’ knowledge and skills
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC): regulates the quality of health and adult social care services in England


About being a governor

Information on how to carry out your role as a governor.

  1. NHS foundation trust governors: a brief guide to your duties

    • Guidance
  2. NHS foundation trust governors: your legal obligations

    • Guidance
  3. NHS foundation trusts: Code of Governance

    • Statutory guidance
  4. NHS foundation trust governors and directors: working better together

    • Guidance
  5. Survey of NHS foundation trust governors 2010 to 2011

    • Research and analysis
  6. NHS foundation trust governors: developing their role

    • Research and analysis

About being a member

Information about foundation trust members.

  1. NHS foundation trusts: recruiting and engaging new members

    • Research and analysis
  2. NHS foundation trust membership figures March 2014

    • Transparency data
  3. NHS foundation trust membership figures March 2013

    • Transparency data

About NHS foundation trusts

You can find out more about foundation trusts and how they are run in this collection of publications for foundation trusts.

  1. The NHS provider licence

    • Statutory guidance
  2. Monitor's risk assessment framework

    • Statutory guidance
  3. Monitor's enforcement guidance

    • Statutory guidance
  4. NHS foundation trust directory and register of licensed healthcare providers

    • Transparency data
  5. NHS trusts and foundation trusts in special measures: update

    • Independent report
  6. Special measures: a guide for NHS trusts and foundation trusts

    • Guidance

About Monitor

  1. About Monitor: an introduction to our role

    • Promotional material