FT Governor Training

“Claire Lea is a governance professional with a breadth of experience across the NHS sector.  As an Associate Trainer with NHS Providers on our Governwell programme, I always enjoy working with Claire as she is an engaging and dynamic presenter who grapples with the governance issues in a pragmatic and comprehensive manner.  As author of the ICSA Health Service Governance Handbook, she remains up to date and engages with the current NHS context for governance.” John Coutts (NHS Providers)

“This induction course gave an excellent foundation for our shadow governors, covering the national, regional and local picture. The course gave practical examples of the role of the council creating a healthy and positive discussion.  Claire is an engaging trainer with a wide knowledge and experience of the FT world for governors.  We would thoroughly recommend this course as either an induction or refresher for FT governors, shadow or otherwise!”  Frank Lusk (Director of Corporate Affairs/Trust Secretary, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust)


Charis Consultants Limited offers bespoke induction and development training for NHS foundation trust governors. Get your governors off to a good start with a high quality induction, developing their knowledge and skills, enabling them to fulfil their role quickly and effectively.

The training underpins the NHS Provider’s GovernWell four tier national programme for governors. Tailor the course to your own induction requirements, then have it delivered locally and at a time to suit your governors. Courses can be offered daytime/evenings and/or Saturdays to suit the needs of your governors.  The contents of each workshop can also be tailored suit your particular requirements.

Why not get together with neighbouring foundation trusts and organise a combined workshop, its both cost-effective and helps promote shared learning?

Or as an alternative why not consider a joint development programme for your board and council – helping them to explore how the foundation trust governance structure operates and how they work together to deliver assurance and local accountability?

The training is in line with Monitor’s “Your statutory duties – A reference guide for NHS foundation trust governors (2013)” and The Health and Social Care Act 2012  and is delivered by Claire Lea who worked with NHS Providers to develop the national Governwell programme.

Ideas for workshop programmes and costs can be found here