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New chance to shape the future of healthcare in Rotherham

11 Feb 2015 10:36:27

Have you ever wanted to have a say about the future of your local hospital and health services?

Do you want to influence local healthcare plans for the future?

Are you passionate about the NHS and how it helps meet the needs of the community?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should consider putting yourself forward as Governor for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

As a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors which is made up of the public, our staff and partners, who help guide and advise us to meet the future health needs of the community we serve.

Governors successful in the 2015 elections will join at an exciting time for the Trust. We are working with Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, local council, Healthwatch, Care UK and local patients and staff to develop a first-of-its-kind new emergency centre for the hospital and local community – planned to open on the Rotherham Hospital site in 2017, during the three year term of our new Governors.

Governors play a critical role in shaping the future of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

We have seven vacancies for public Governors across Rotherham North, Wentworth South, Rother Valley West, Wentworth Valley and our Rest of England constituency (which covers areas outside the RMBC boundaries). Nominations open on Wednesday 18 February 2015 with elections taking place in April 2015.

If you are over 16 years of age, have an interest in healthcare and are living in a constituency with a vacancy, you can become a Member of the Trust and stand for election as a Governor. Full training is provided and no NHS background is required. Dedication to the role is important, as Governors are required to attend a number of committees, meetings and events every year.

Lead Governor Jean Dearden said: “Becoming a Governor is a fantastic opportunity to support positive changes to the services we offer to our patients and the local community.

“As a group, Governors play a vital role working to ensure views and experiences of the patients, public and Trust Members are heard at Trust board level. These views are used to inform decisions made about the future planning for the Trust’s strategic plans and development of its services.

Director of Corporate Affairs, Anna Milanec, said: “Being a Governor is a great way to support your community. Anyone with a passion for healthcare can nominate themselves for the role.

“You do not need an NHS background and there are no qualifications or skills defined as a requirement of the role. You will get the training you need to be a Governor and most employers will give people time off for such valuable work.”

“I’d recommend it for anyone and particularly those who are considering a career in the NHS or in social care – it would be a good way to learn about how Trusts work.”

The Trust will be holding an informal meeting for anyone interested in becoming a Governor. Come along for a cup of tea and chat with our friendly Governors and staff on Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 2pm for an hour.

To confirm your attendance at the meeting, for more information about the role of a Governor or how to obtain a nominations form, please contact Rebecca Ferguson, Membership and Corporate Affairs Officer on 01709 427800 or email foundation.trust@rothgen.nhs.uk  


•For more information please contact Communications Officer, Laurie Crabtree on 01709 426084 or email laurie.crabtree@rothgen.nhs.uk  

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