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  • KINGS COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST (A PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION)

    CONSTITUTION

    DECEMBER 2016

    http://www.kch.nhs.uk/http://www.kch.nhs.uk/

  • Table of contents

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    1. DEFINITIONS & INTERPRETATION .............................................................................................. 3

    2. NAME .............................................................................................................................................. 7

    3. PRINCIPAL PURPOSE ................................................................................................................... 7

    4. POWERS ......................................................................................................................................... 7

    5. OTHER PURPOSES ....................................................................................................................... 7

    6. MEMBERSHIP, CONSTITUENCIES AND ANNUAL MEMBERS' MEETING ............................... 8

    7. PUBLIC CONSTITUENCY .............................................................................................................. 9

    8. STAFF CONSTITUENCY ................................................................................................................ 9

    9. PATIENT CONSTITUENCY ..........................................................................................................10

    10. MEMBERSHIP ..........................................................................................................................11

    11. SPECIAL MEMBERS' MEETINGS ...........................................................................................14

    12. COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS COMPOSITION, ELECTIONS AND TENURE ......................15

    13. COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS ELIGIBILITY, DISQUALIFICATION AND TERMINATION ...18

    14. COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS - VACANCIES ...........................................................................22

    15. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS ............................23

    16. COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS MEETINGS .............................................................................24

    17. COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS - EXPENSES .............................................................................26

    18. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS OF GOVERNORS ..............................................................26

    19. BOARD OF DIRECTORS .........................................................................................................29

    20. REGISTERS ..............................................................................................................................37

    21. PUBLIC DOCUMENTS .............................................................................................................37

    22. AUDITOR ..................................................................................................................................39

    23. ACCOUNTS ..............................................................................................................................39

    24. ANNUAL REPORTS, FORWARD PLANS AND NON-NHS WORK .......................................39

    25. INDEMNITY ...............................................................................................................................41

    26. INSTRUMENTS ETC ................................................................................................................41

    27. DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURES ................................................................................41

  • Constitution

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    28. AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION .................................................................................42

    29. MERGERS AND SIGNIFICANT TRANSACTIONS ..................................................................43

    ANNEX 1 ................................................................................................................................................44

    PART B STAFF CLASSES ..................................................................................................................45 PART C PATIENT CONSTITUENCY ..................................................................................................47 ANNEX 2 ................................................................................................................................................48

    PROCEDURE FOR MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS ...............................................48 ANNEX 3 ................................................................................................................................................50

    KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST - MODEL ELECTION RULES FOR THE ELECTION OF GOVERNORS ...............................................................................................................50 ANNEX 4 ................................................................................................................................................94

    KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST - DECLARATION OF ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE AT A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS OF THE TRUST ....................................94 ANNEX 5 ................................................................................................................................................96

    KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST - CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE GOVERNORS ........................................................................................................................................96

  • Constitution

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    KINGS COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST CONSTITUTION

    1. DEFINITIONS & INTERPRETATION

    1.1 In this Constitution:

    Accounting Officer means that person who from time to time discharges the functions specified in paragraph 25(5) of Schedule 7 to the 2006 Act.

    "Annual Members' Meeting" means an annual meeting of the Members.

    Applicant means an individual who has applied to become a Member or who has been invited to become a Member of the Trust.

    "Auditor" means the auditor of the Trust appointed by the Council of Governors pursuant to paragraph 22 of this Constitution.

    Board of Directors means the Board of Directors of the Trust as constituted in accordance with this Constitution.

    Chairman or Chair means the person appointed as chair of the Trust. The expression "the Chairman" shall be deemed to include the Vice Chairman or any other non-executive director appointed if the Chairman and/or Vice Chairman is absent from the meeting or is otherwise unavailable.

    "Clear Day" means a day of the week not including a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

    Constituency means any of the Patient Constituency, Public Constituency or Staff Constituency.

    Constitution means this constitution together with the annexes attached hereto.

    Council of Governors means the Council of Governors of the Trust as constituted in accordance with this Constitution.

    Class means the division of a Constituency by reference to the description of individuals eligible to be Members of it.

    Director means a director on the Board of Directors.

    "Elected Governor" means a Public Governor, Staff or Patient Governor.

    Financial Year means a period of twelve months beginning with 1st April.

    Governor means a person who is a member of the Council of Governors.

  • Constitution

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    Health Service Body shall have the meaning ascribed to it in section 65(1) of the 2006 Act.

    "Immediate Family Member" means either a: (a) spouse; or (b) person whose status is that of "Civil Partner" as defined in the Civil Partnerships Act 2004; or (c) child, step child or adopted child; or (d) sibling; or (e) parent.

    "Licence" means the licence granted to the Trust under Section 88 of the 2012 Act.

    Local Authority Governor means a member of the Council of Governors appointed in accordance with paragraph 12.15 of this Constitution.

    Member means a member of the Trust.

    NHS Improvement (NHSI) Previously Monitor

    means the corporate body known as NHS Improvement the umbrella under which the remit of Monitor as provided by section 61 of the 2012 Act now falls

    Nominated Governor means a Governor who has not been elected by the Public, Patient or Staff Constituencies.

    "Other Staff Criteria" means an individual who exercises functions for the purposes of the Trust otherwise than under a contract of employment with the Trust, provided such individuals have exercised these functions continuously for a period of at least 12 months, and do so:

    (i) under an honorary contract with the Trust and are acknowledged in writing by the Trust as so doing; or

    (ii) as contractors or the staff of contractors who work full time at the Trust providing services to the Trust and are acknowledged in writing by the Trust as so doing; or

    (iii) working on behalf of a Voluntary Organisation or where such persons are registered volunteers at the Trust and who in both cases are acknowledged in writing by the Trust as so doing; or

    (iv) in a manner where they are otherwise exercising functions for the purposes of the Trust and are acknowledged in writing by the Trust as so doing.

    Partnership Organisation Governor

    means a member of the Council of Governors appointed in accordance with paragraph 12.17 of this Constitution.

    Patient means a person whose name is recorded as a patient on the Trusts p

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