Monday, 25 June 2012

UK: NHS foundation trusts - guidance on director and governor interactions

Earlier this month Monitor published Director-governor interaction in NHS foundation trusts: A best practice guide for boards of directors: see here (pdf). As well as the best practice guidance, the guide briefly highlights some of the changes to the role of governors that will be made by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Monitor will publish an updated edition of its Code of Governance for NHS Foundation Trusts next year to reflect the changes being introduced by the 2012 Act including the duty imposed on governors to hold the non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the board of directors (see section 151 and the accompanying explanatory notes).  Section 152 specifies some of the duties owed by directors of foundation trusts and these are similar to those imposed on directors by the Companies Act 2006.

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