Governors' Portal

Council of Governors

Our Council of Governors has been in place since DCHS was authorised as a Foundation Trust in November 2014. 

The Council of Governors provides an opportunity for our patients, public, staff and partner organisations to influence the services that we provide. The governors also feedback to the people they represent information about the Trust's vision and performance.

The Council of Governors holds the Board to account for the performance of the Trust and the quality of the services that we provide.

Our Council has 31 Elected and Appointed Governors. 18 of these Governors have been elected by the public, 10 by our staff and three have been appointed by our key partner organisations: 

  • Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • University of Derby
  • Derbyshire County Council.

The Governors meet formally at public meetings at least six times a year to feed back on their work for the Trust.  Governors are also involved in lots of interesting activities such as:

  • Projects and initiatives where their particular expertise or perspective is valuable
  • Insight Visits and other audits
  • Important events across Derbyshire
  • Governor groups that focus in detail on DCHS activities

The Council of Governors is also responsible for a range of responsibilities. If you would like to learn more about the role of a DCHS Governor please click here.

The Trust Board has the responsibility of running the organisation and preparing the Trust's strategy. Governors do not deal with patient complaints, staff grievances or concerns on an individual basis. 

Dates, agendas, papers

Meet our governors

Governor sub groups

Council of Governors Subgroups

Rather than have formal subgroups to the CoG, it is better for groupings of governors to express an interest in key areas of the Trust’s work and meet with the Executives and Non-Executives that lead that work. Within these overarching work areas, Governors can then volunteer to participate in smaller meetings on specific areas that interest them. This will deepen Governor knowledge and help them in their duty to hold Non-Executive Directors to account. Representatives from the groups can report back to the CoG.

Each grouping meets with the relevant Executive/Non-Executive Directors to scope the work to be covered . The groupings align with the areas of responsibility of the Non-Executive Directors. This provides a structure to governor involvement and helps them to fulfil their statutory duties.

Overarching Subgroups

Examples of the work involved


2021 meeting dates 


Quality Account, Quality Performance, End of Life, Dignity, patient feedback, patient engagement, Quality visits and PLACE visits.


2021 meeting dates


Nominations Committee, governor attendance, appraisals, Financial Performance, Auditors, constitutional issues

Strategy Planning and Estates

2021 meeting dates


Strategy, annual planning, commissioning and contracts, capital spending, corporate citizenship, performance, winter pressures

Engagement (public, staff and members)

2021 meeting dates 


Member recruitment, members’ magazine, videos, voting in elections, raising the profile of the CoG, organising public meetings.

This arrangement does not prohibit other Governors being involved in work outside their chosen groupings. For example, governors undertaking Quality visits can provide feedback to the Governors in the Quality grouping.

Issues such as Equality and Diversity should be covered in the work of each grouping.

Requests from Executives for Governors to get involved in initiatives will be channelled through the groupings so that opportunities are aligned with the areas of work that interest Governors most.

Please contact Mel Curd (E: melanie.curd@nhs.net), if you wish to join one of the Sub Groups.

To view previous Sub Group action notes, please click on the relevant group and date within the table below:

Sub Group



2020 2021


 25 January 2018

27 February 2018

24 April 2018

26 June 2018

30 October 2018

19 December 2018

4 March 2019

9 May 2019

25 June 2019

6 November 2019


20 August 2020



3 January 2018

27 February 2018

24 April 2018

26 June 2018

23 August 2018

30 October 2018

14 December 2018

21 February 2019

26 April 2019

20 June 2019

16 August 2019

24 October 2019

12 December 2019

18 February 2020

21 April 2020 

16 June 2020

26 August 2020

5 November 2020

15 December 2020


February 2021

April 2021

June 2021


5 March 2018

17 April 2018

19 June 2018

21 November 2018

18 January 2019

1 March 2019

6 September 2019

1 November 2019

Supporting papers for 1 November 2019

Appendix 1

DCHS Committee Structure

Guide to the Quality Always Accreditation Panel for panel members

 7 January 2020

 3 March 2020

 6 July 2020

 4 Sept 2020

 3 Nov 2020

 12 January 2021

11 March 2021

10 May 2021


11 December 2018

12 February 2019

9 April 2019

11 June 2019

13 August 2019


13 April 2021

8 June 2021

10 August 2021


For further info, training information, governor group information with future dates, please contact:

Melanie Curd
Associate Director of Corporate Governance / Trust Secretary

Phone: 01773 525105

Membership data

We can search for useful information on the members in your area, including ages, gender, areas and ACORN statistics. Contact Mel Curd (E: melanie.curd@nhs.net) for further information.


Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus and Other Key Updates 

Here you will find briefings, recent infographics and other information on our response to Coronavirus as well as other key updates. 

2021 Updates
Briefing 26.02.2021

Derbyshire Vaccine Programme reaches 100-day Milestone

2020 Updates

Briefing 22.05.2020

Infographic w/c 18.05.2020

Infographic w/c 01.06.2020

Facebook Live 22.05.2020

Facebook Live 05.06.2020

Facebook Live 26.06.2020

To see a short video on DCHS's response to Covid-19 click here.

Please click here to see 3 key messages from the Joined Up Care Derbyshire Board.