Foundation trust governors are creating local accountability, according to new research by Monitor the foundation trust regulator.
Two reports conducted by Ipsos MORI for Monitor found that foundation trust governors are clear about their role, have good relationships with their executive board and are using their statutory powers to instigate change.
However, although 70% of governors surveyed felt confident that they could represent the needs of the trust’s membership – only 58% felt that their trust was good at communicating its activities to its members.
Monitor chairperson Bill Moyes said: ‘We are encouraged by the picture emerging from this research. Foundation trusts are the most significant step yet towards a devolved healthcare system and governors are integral to achieving this goal. It is important that governors are using [their] powers effectively and that is why we intend to produce more specific guidance for governors in this area.’
Meanwhile, Monitor has authorised three more foundation trusts this month. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; North East London; and United Hospitals Bristol trusts have all been given foundation trusts status bringing the total to 99.