Your chance to become a Governor

Posted: September 20, 2012

Represent the views of your local community and influence how your local NHS healthcare provider is run.

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering members of the public the chance to become Governors - members of the public who have been elected to represent the views of Members in their areas (constituencies).

From Thursday 20th September members of the public can nominate themselves for this important job.

The Trust is appealing for Governors to represent the views of the following constituencies:

  • Swindon (2 seats) 
  • Northern Wiltshire (2 seats) 
  • Central Wiltshire (2 seats) 
  • Southern Wiltshire (1 seat) 

Membership Officer at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Claire Litchfield said: "We are looking for people interested in the NHS, who care about our patients and who would like to contribute to the future plans of the Trust.

"As a Governor your role will include helping us to grow our membership and encouraging people to share their views with us. You will also be involved in public meetings where the Trust Board is held to account and have opportunities to challenge decisions and make suggestions."

Training will be provided and you must be aged over 18.

To become a Governor you must already be a member of the Trust. The Trust already has 12,000 members who can have their say on patient services, influence decisions and receive regular updates on the latest developments. Anyone who lives in the area, works for the Trust, or has been a patient or service user, can become a member for free and get involved.

An information evening is being held on Tuesday 25th September at 6pm in the Academy at Great Western Hospital. This is an opportunity to find out more about the role of Governors. For further information email foundation.trust@gwh.nhs.uk or phone the Membership Office on 01793 604185.

Alongside running the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the Trust is responsible for a whole range of community healthcare and maternity services across Wiltshire and parts of Bath and North East Somerset, as well as maternity services at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

More information

How to become a Member

How to become a Governor

Notice of Election

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