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

Board Meetings

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


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


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

Strategy Planning and Estates

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

Engagement (public, staff and members):

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 Nicola Erin Walker, Governance and Membership Officer 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




 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


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


5 March 2018

17 April 2018

19 June 2018

21 November 2018

18 January 2019

1 March 2019

6 September 2019


11 December 2018



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

Nicola Erin Walker
Governance and Membership Officer
Phone: 01773 599466
Mobile: 07805 747967
Email: nicolaerinwalker@nhs.net

Membership data

We can search for useful information on the members in your area, including ages, gender, areas and ACORN statistics. Contact Nicola Erin Walker for further information.