Foundation Trust

Foundation Trusts have a Council of Governors which is made up of appointed Governors and elected public and staff Governors. The Trust held its first Governor elections in September and October 2012 and the results were published on the 5 November 2012 .The next Council of Governors will be taking place on Tuesday 11 March from 5.45pm in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Surgical Centre at Kingston Hospital. Click here to view the agenda and here are the papers. 

Our Council of Governors profiles are available here.

If you would like more information about the Council of Governors please contact the Company Secretary or Assistant Company Secretary,

Kingston’s authorisation document to operate as a Foundation Trust can be found here and the Trust’s Constitution is available here.

What are Foundation Trusts?

Our services will still be the same as they are now but as an FT we will have more freedom to decide how to run their affairs and deliver services and members of our FT will have a greater say about how the Hospital is run.

 Foundation Trusts are:

  • Still part of the NHS
  • Free and are not run for profit
  • Expected to keep to NHS standards and meet performance targets and
  • Inspected regularly.

They will:

  • Give local communities and local people a way of influencing what happens in the trust and the way we develop in the future
  • Give us greater freedom about what we do locally and how we do it
  • Give us freedom to borrow money to invest in developments, change the way we do things and make services better, quicker, with more choice for local people.


As an FT we will be supported by members. As we have had aspirations to become a FT for some time, we have been recruiting an active Membership and now have over 6,000 public members. Membership is open to all individuals over 14 years of age who live within our public membership constituency, irrespective of gender, social status, race, political aspirations, disability or religion.

If you are interested in finding out more about membership or would like to become a member, please click here. The Trust's 500+ volunteers are now part of the public membership following a consultation. They were previously classified under the staff membership in the constitution.

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