Become a Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Governor

Posted: July 1, 2015

Would you like to become a Governor at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust?

Candidates are being sought to stand for election to become a Public Governor of the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a position which helps represent the interests of Trust members to the organisation's Board of Governors.

A vacancy has arisen in the Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset Constituency, meaning anybody local aged over 18 years old who is a Trust member can put themselves forward for election.

Details about becoming a member can be found here.

What does the role involve?

Further information, including a downloadable pack about what being a Governor involves, is available here.  

Potential candidates should:

  • Have an interest in and understanding of Health Services
  • Keep pace with strategic issues affecting the Trust
  • Contribute towards the future plans of the Trust
  • Act and behave in the interests of the Trust
  • Communicate with and develop the membership of the Trust

Training will be provided.

The Council of Governors

Public Governors are part of The Council of Governors, a body made up of Trust Staff Governors and Appointed Governors, who are nominated by stakeholder organisations who have an interest in the work of the Trust.

The Council meets at least 4 times a year and is responsible for holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the Trust's performance and for representing the views of members and the wider public.

There are a number of other responsibilities, such as appointing the Chief Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The Council has a number of working groups which focus on specific areas, such as patient experience and finance.

An important role

Carole Nicholl, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Head of Corporate Governance, said: "The Council of Governors has an important role in the governance of the Trust in that it provides a check and challenge of the performance of the Board.

"Governors provide valuable feedback, comments and opinions from local people to help the Board reflect on performance and to influence decision making so that the services provided meet local needs.

 "To be eligible to become a governor, you must be a member of the Trust and be at least 18 years old. The process for registration as a member is easy and free. 

 "Being a member means that you will be contacted directly for your views and you will receive a regular publication on our Trust.  Anyone interested in their local hospital and healthcare should think about becoming a member to have their say."

 Anyone interested in applying to become a governor would need to obtain a nomination form to stand for election from the Returning Officer in one of the following ways:

  • By ringing 0208 889 9203
  • By texting 2FT GW and your name and address to 88802
  • By sending an email to: john.box@electoralreform.co.uk
  • By sending a letter to: Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer, John Box, at the address as detailed above, by 5pm on Monday 13 July 2015.

Members will have until 5pm on Thursday 20 August to cast their vote.

Anyone who is thinking of applying but would like further information should contact Governance and Membership Officer Simon Denning on 01793 604185 / simon.denning@gwh.nhs.uk

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