Shadow council of governors
The shadow council of governors represents the interests of our members, staff and local public sector organisations in influencing the development of our Trust.
Governors relay information about our work, our vision and our performance and take account of the views of the groups they serve. They are elected or nominated to their positions and together they form our shadow council of governors.
We currently have 23 shadow governors – we can have up to 40.
Of the 40 potential governors, 28 positions are elected from the membership – which includes staff, patients, carers and members of the public and 12 positions are nominated from our partner organisations.
What does the council do?
It acts as our council of governors would, but without their statutory powers.
It works with our board of directors to guide the direction of the Trust and see that quality is central to everything we do.
It also acts as the voice of our membership. It strengthens our relationships with staff, patients, carers and local communities by ensuring that we consider the views of all our stakeholders whenever we make a decision.
The Board leads the Trust and provides a framework of governance, within which high-quality mental health and social care services are delivered across south west London and beyond.
The Board is made up of a chairman, non-executive directors, the chief executive and executive directors. Day-to-day management is carried out by the chief executive, supported by the executive directors and other senior managers.
Responsibilities of the Trust Board
- Adding value to the organisation: The Board is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the organisation by directing and supervising its affairs.
- Providing leadership and control: Provide active leadership of the organisation within a framework of prudent and effective controls, which enable risk to be assessed and managed.
- Planning ahead: Setting our strategic aims, providing the necessary financial and human resources for the organisation to meet its objectives, and review management performance.
- Setting and embodying our values: Ensure our obligations to patients, the local community and the Secretary of State are understood and met.
There are statutory obligations such as health and safety that board members must meet. Each director has a role in ensuring the probity of the organisation's activities and helping it achieve its objectives in the best interest of patients and the wider public.
The Code of Conduct contains the rules and behaviours by which the Board collectively and individually, carries out the Trust's business
Estates Modernisation Programme - New Hospitals
Our mental health services in south west London are being transformed to provide better care, closer to home.
Many more people will be supported within their community and those who need to be in hospital will not be admitted as often or for so long.
Transforming the past
Most of our existing mental health inpatient facilities were not designed with today’s needs in mind. Many buildings are expensive to maintain and do not provide a supportive environment for our patients and carers.
Building a future
We need modern mental health inpatient facilities that are fit for purpose, give people the best chance to recover in the best environment, support staff to deliver high quality care, and are sustainable for the NHS in the long term.
We are working with local people and service users on transforming mental health services in south west London through making a multi-million pound investment in our services.
Committing to care, creating communities
The Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP) is an exciting project which will revolutionise the way mental health services are delivered in south west London for generations to come and will also provide new facilities for our local community.
The programme will be entirely self-funded through selling surplus land no longer needed for our services. Our investment will deliver:-
- Two new campuses with 1st class in-patient facilities – delivering the best care for our patients
- A 32 acre public park – providing excellent outdoor space for our community
- Extensive community healthcare – treating people closer to their families and their home
- Brand new homes – providing houses for local families
- A state-of-the-art new school – investing in our children’s future
- Over £5 million for new transport facilities – boosting transport links for local residents
In 2014 a public consultation took place on the future locations of mental health inpatient facilities for the Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth areas. This included looking into a range of specialist mental-health inpatient services to serve a wider catchment area.
Feedback from the public consultation was used to make the clinical case for a change and the modernisation of mental health facilities in south west London.
To find out more information on our plan to invest in new mental health services please contact us using the details below.
Post: Regeneration Team, Building 14, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, Tooting SW17 7DJ