Local people invited to become Governors

Posted: September 17, 2013

Become a Public Governor of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Are you interested in healthcare? If so, this is your chance to 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. Governors are members of the public who have been elected to represent the views of Members in their areas (constituencies). There are six constituencies - North, Central and South Wiltshire, Swindon, West Berkshire and Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset. Members of the public can nominate themselves for this important job.

Elections are to be held for the following positions:

  • Governors in the Swindon Constituency (x5)
  • Governor in the Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset Constituency (x1)

Carole Nicholl, Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 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 eighteen.

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.

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.

How to apply
A nomination form to stand for election can be obtained from the Returning Officer at the address shown below.

All Nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer, John Box, at the address below, by 5pm, Tuesday 1 October 2013.

Electoral Reform Services Limited
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
London. N8 0NW

Tel: 0208 8899203 Note: Faxed or emailed nominations will not be accepted.

Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the returning officer by 5pm, Friday 4 October 2013.

Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying Members on Monday 21 October 2013. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by 5pm, Friday 8 November 2013.

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

The Independent Scrutineer for this election is Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

The Returning Officer for this election is John Box of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

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