St Patrick’s Hospital - now St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) - was founded in 1746, and has been governed by Royal Charter since then.
This charter has been amended four times in 1888, 1895, 1897 and 2014. The charter outlines the governance of SPMHS through a Board of Governors consisting of both ex officio members, who automatically join through their role in SPMHS, and appointed members.
The Board of Governors strives to maintain the highest standards of corporate governance, and is committed to the Charities Governance Code: Principles of Good Governance. Ensuring that our governance arrangements reflect the present and future needs of our evolving organisation occupies considerable Board and management time and attention.
The governors provide their time on a voluntary basis, and have overall responsibility for internal control procedures and for reviewing the effectiveness of these procedures. They invest the running of SPMHS in a senior management team. Together with this management team, our governors spend significant time on improving internal controls, assessing risks that may impact on the organisation, and eliminating such risks where possible, thereby ensuring our continued financial well-being and reputation.
We are keenly aware of and committed to our not-for-profit status and philanthropic purpose, as intended by our founder, Jonathan Swift, and laid out in our charter.
We are a human rights-driven organisation, committed to evidence-based service development and treatment, the active participation of service users, and the value of diversity.
We are guided by the principles of our founder and by the values of the Mental Health Act 2001, the European Charter of Human Rights and the United Nations Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness and the Improvement of Mental Health Care.
Board of Governors
Board of Governors
Mr Danny Kitchen, Chairman
The Most Reverend Dr Richard Clarke
Mrs Audrey Cunningham
The Very Reverend Dermot Dunne
Mrs Caroline Gill
Dr Tom Godfrey
Mrs Bernadette Godley
Dr John Hillery
The Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson
Mr Michael Moriarty
Professor Joyce O'Connor
Mrs Caroline Preston
Mr Geoff Scully
The Very Reverend William Wright Morton
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