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      February 2019



Trust welcomes new Chief Executive
Simon Morritt has been appointed as Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Simon joins the Trust from Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he has been Chief Executive since 2016.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS, which he joined in September 1989 as a general management trainee in Greater Manchester.

After roles across Yorkshire he went on to be successful in number of senior positions. His first Chief Executive post was for the Doncaster Central Primary Care Trust in October 2000 and he was appointed Chief Executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (now NHS Bradford and Airedale) in October 2006.

Following his time in commissioning organisations he became Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  Read more>>
The Trust’s function
In the membership survey many of you asked about the function of the Trust and how it differs from other NHS organisations.

Hopefully the information below will answer your queries.

1. What is an NHS foundation trust?
Foundation trusts are a different type of NHS organisation with a stronger local influence.  Foundation trust hospitals are still part of the NHS and will continue to treat patients according to NHS principles of free healthcare according to need, not the ability to pay.  Being a foundation trust means that York Hospital is better able to provide and manage its services to meet the needs and priorities of the local community, as the Trust is free from central Government control.

Foundation trusts are different from standard NHS trusts in three important ways. They:
 - have freedom to decide locally how to meet their obligations
- are accountable to local people, who can become members and governors
- are authorised and monitored by an independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts

However, foundation trusts will still be accountable to Parliament. The freedoms given to NHS foundation trusts are underpinned by a framework of national standards which will safeguard quality and protect the public interest.

2. Why do we need NHS foundation trusts?
The Government wants the NHS to be a service that is properly responsive to patients' needs and which provides fast, convenient, high-quality care.  More money is being invested in the NHS than ever before, but alongside this extra money, the NHS must reform to become a service shaped around the needs of patients and the skills of clinical staff.

If the reforms are to succeed, they need to be led by local communities and by the NHS professionals delivering services on the ground. So, having put a system of national standards and inspection in place, the Government now wants to liberate the talents of staff and local communities. Patients, public and staff are more involved in running NHS foundation trusts.

3. What difference will this make to the public?
For the first time, patients have a way to direct and shape these organisations and to really influence how they are run. Decisions are taken locally, which means foundation trusts are more responsive to the needs of their patients.

The public have true social ownership of their local hospital, with accountability devolved from Whitehall to the local community. They have a say in how a foundation trust hospital is run. Local people have the opportunity to become involved in the running of their NHS foundation trust, with rights to elect or become governors.

4. How can I get involved?
Local people, patients and NHS staff are all eligible to become members of their local NHS foundation trust. Members are able to stand for election to the Board of Governors of the Trust. The elected Board of Governors ensures that Trust directors are held to account, on behalf of Trust members, and has helped York Hospital to establish an important relationship with our community stakeholders.

For further information visit the Membership pages on our website.  To find out more about our Trust visit the About Us pages.
Butterfly appeal
York Teaching Hospital Charity has recently launched the Butterfly Appeal to create a new maternity bereavement suite at York Hospital.

Every week at York Hospital a family will learn that their baby may not survive birth. We know there is nothing that can take away the pain for these families following a late pregnancy loss, still birth or death of their baby soon after birth, but we also know how precious those few hours or days can be before they have to say their final goodbyes.

We want these families to have somewhere they feel safe and cared for. Currently the hospital has a designated room for parents to use and stay in with their baby.  However, it is quite small and functional and we know it has the potential to be much better.

For more information about the appeal and ways in which you can get involved, please visit or email the Fundraising Team at
Meet your governor - Scarborough
As a public governor I continue to engage with my constituents wherever I am involved in and around my community as a local Councillor and member of many clubs, organisations and charities to which I am attached.

Creating awareness, accessing NHS services in our local hospital and clinics and recruiting members are high on my agenda. I, along with my constituents, await the outcome of the East Coast review in determining the future of NHS services in our area. Attending regularly to the various meetings to which I am appointed allows me to keep up to date with a host of issues.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at or use the Trust’s website for your enquiries.

Cllr Richard Thompson
Scarborough Public Governor


  Diary dates  

Board of Directors
27 March 2019
Boardroom, York Hospital

Read the latest Board papers

Council of Governors
13 March 2019
Rugby Club, Malton

News in brief

Public Council of Governors meetings


Did you know you can attend the public Council of Governors meetings to find out what is happening in your local NHS trust?  You also get the opportunity to meet your governors after the meeting to give your opinion on local services.


The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13 March, 1.00pm-2.30pm at Malton Rugby Club. Everybody is welcome.  You can access the agendas and minutes from previous meetings to see what we have discussed and agreed by clicking here.

Encouraging friends and family membership

Although you are a member do you ever try and get your friends or members of your family to sign up too?  Please encourage them to sign up, they can join in as much or as little as they like.

Apart from belonging to a group with over 10,000 members they can take advantage of all the benefits associated with being a member.  Ask them to go online to complete an application form.

Members only events

Research seminar

Clinical Research is an important part of what we do at our hospitals and we currently have hundreds of research projects running.

The Research and Development (R&D) department will be on hand to explain more about this fascinating aspect of healthcare and why it's so vital to patients now and in the future.

Come and join us on the Monday 15 April at 10.00am in the HQ Boardroom at York Hospital, where your speaker, Lydia Harris, Head of Research & Development, will be able to tell you more about this interesting subject.


The Role of the Freedom to Speak Up / Safer Working Guardian session

The Trust uniquely employs one person to undertake both roles as both are novel and challenging.  They have proactive, reactive, strategic and tactical elements and requires excellent partnership working.  Above all, the person in the role needs to gain the trust of all staff working in the Trust.

We have arranged sessions in York (11/03/19) and Scarborough (13/03/19) for our members to come and meet our Guardian, Lisa Smith, and discuss further this very interesting role.  The aim will be to share how it is delivered together with the benefits our staff receive and the aims we are striving to achieve.

All of our members are welcome so please go online to book your place. 
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