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Trust seeks new Governors

01 Feb 2011 16:56:13

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is looking for people to help shape the future of health services in the area.

The Trust has nearly 14,000 Members who have chosen to help the Trust continually assess and improve the quality of its healthcare and the Trust would like more of those Members to increase their involvement by standing for election as Governors.

“We are looking for committed people who want to get on board and help improve, develop and support positive changes to the services we offer to our patients and the wider community. They need to be passionate about bringing the hospital closer to the needs of the community,” says Company Secretary Kerry Rogers.

The Trust is looking for Governors in Wentworth Valley, Wentworth North, Wentworth South, Rother Valley South, Rother Valley West and Rest of England in addition to three Staff Governors. Elections will take place in the spring and any member of the public aged 16 or older who is living in a constituency with a vacancy can become a Member of the Trust and stand for election as a Governor.

“Governors play an important role in shaping Trust services. They really care about the health of their local communities and play an essential role in holding the Trust to account, as well as acting as a voice for local people,” says Kerry.

All newly appointed Governors are given an induction course providing information on the NHS and how it works, the key issues for the Trust and what is expected of them as Governors. Governors serve for a fixed term of three years, and are required to attend four Council of Governors meetings a year including the Annual General Meeting.

Kerry says: “Being a Member or a Governor gives you the chance to say what you would choose for your hospital, for your care, for your community and you really can make a difference by getting involved.

For more information about becoming a Governor please contact 01709 307022.


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