I have been re-appointed to the shadow Council of Governors and fully expect that the Trust will gain its Foundation status during the next year or two. There are many hurdles to overcome not least the budgetary constraints which affect all public services.
You can read their Quality Account here
I was a member of the Plymouth Hospitals Public and Patient Involvement Forum until these fora were abolished along with our District Councils. When Cornwall Council asked which members were interested in representing the Council on this group I offered to go as I had some experience in the field. I was appointed as the Cornwall Council representative.
When Derriford becomes a Foundation Trust (which all hospitals will have to do) the Council of Governors will become part of the governance arrangements for the Trust
For more information http://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/ourorganisation/foundationtrust/governorsarea/