As an NHS Foundation Trust we are accountable to the people we serve in South Tyneside and Sunderland and have greater freedoms to plan local services and respond to the needs and wishes of our communities.

We are authorised and regulated by independent regulators including NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and have around 14,000 people who have joined us as Foundation Trust members.

We are accountable to our members via a body known as our Council of Governors, which works closely with our board of directors to help inform and influence our strategies and plans. Our Governors are made up of a number of elected public and staff members, as well as appointed representatives who are co-opted from other organisations such as local councils, businesses and the voluntary sector.

In our new Council of Governors we will have 26 governors covering the following constituencies:

Chairman (also Chairman of the Board of Directors)

15 Public Governors

  • 1 Durham
  • 1 Gateshead
  • 6 South Tyneside
  • 6 Sunderland
  • 1 Rest of North East of England

6 Staff Governors

  • 2 Clinical Acute Staff
  • 1 Clinical Community Staff
  • 1 Medical and Dental
  • 2 Non Clinical Staff

5 Appointed Governors

  • 1 Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • 1 Local Authority, South Tyneside
  • 1 Local Authority, Sunderland
  • 2 Higher Education Medical Schools

Why have Governors?

Governors represent the views of and provide a link to our public, staff and partner organisations.

Governors of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust will have the opportunity to:

  • Ensure we are accountable to our members and the communities that we serve
  • Represent the interests of our partner organisations
  • Communicate effectively with our members and help us to develop networks for engaging with the wider community
  • Help us plan for the future by canvassing the views and opinions of members and local communities
  • Influence change, development and improvements to the way we deliver care to our patients and service users

Collectively, governors have an advisory, guardianship and strategic role within the governance of the Trust, which is crucial to our success.

Who can be a Governor?

You can stand for election to our new Council of Governors if:

  • You are a member of the NHS Foundation Trust, (if you are not a member but wish to join our Trust please fill in our online form) link to form
  • You are 16 years or over,
  • You are a member of the constituency you wish to represent
  • You can be appointed to the Council of Governors if you are asked by your organisation to do so, following a formal approach from the Trust.

Governor elections 2019

Elections to our Council of Governors are now closed.  Please find below the results of the election process.  Governors will begin their Term of Office on 1st July 2019.