As you may know, St George’s Healthcare Trust is consulting on becoming a Foundation Trust.

St George’s Healthcare Trust is a local provider of services in Wandsworth and Merton, and includes St George’s Hospital in Tooting and Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton.

The transition to Foundation Trust status will not make a difference to the services the Trust provides, nor to the Trusts’ relationship with the voluntary and community sector. The difference will be in the governance of the Trust. Foundation Trusts are independent legal entities – public benefit corporations. They are accountable to local people, who can become members and Governors.

The membership is made up of the public and staff. The Trust is seeking public members from the London Borough of Wandsworth and is keen to make its membership representative of the community it serves, so is asking the voluntary sector in the borough to let their communities know about this opportunity.

Public members will be eligible to stand for election to represent their constituency (in our case, the constituency is Wandsworth) on the Council of Governors. The Council of Governors will hold the Board of Directors of the Foundation Trust to account.

More information is available here and the consultation document is available here.

There are several consultation meetings (click here for details), but the Trust is also offering to come to talk directly to community groups in the borough, so please contact  Dave Ward on 020 8266 6128 or if you would like someone to visit your group and/or any meetings you have scheduled for the period of the consultation (up to 26 April).


10:59, 20 Feb 2013 by Zainab Sati