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TRFT encourages the public to have a say about their health services

12 Feb 2013 15:46:57

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is looking for people with a passion for their local health services to become Governors. There are eight seats available for Public Governors and three for Staff Governors.  

Seats for Public Governors are available in the following areas: Rotherham South, Rotherham North, Wentworth North, Wentworth Valley and the Rest of England. The three seats available for Staff Governors are in the following areas: Other Health Professionals, Support Staff to Health Professionals and Other Staff.All nominations need to be in by 18 March and elections will take place in May. 

Chief of Corporate and Legal Affairs at TRFT, Kerry Rogers says: “We’ve obviously had our fair share of headlines this year and stories in the media, many of which have been based on rumours and hearsay, so the Trust is firmly in the spotlight at the moment. It is no secret that the Trust is working on a recovery plan and we need more Governors to help support us with this work and make sure that we continue to make the best decisions for the people of Rotherham about their care.  

“The Trust is clinically excellent which is highlighted by our consistently high ratings from our regulator Monitor and through our unannounced and planned visits by the Care Quality Commission. However the whole of the NHS is working within a challenging climate at the moment and the Trust is not immune to that. This brings with it huge challenges in terms of finances but it also allows us to review what we do and bring about some positive changes too. We need the people of Rotherham to be part of that.” 

To give people an insight into the role of a Governor, the Trust will be holding an ‘Aspirant Governors’ event on Monday, 25 February at 5.30pm in the Board Room at the hospital, for anyone interested in finding out more about becoming a Governor. 

Kerry continues: “Our Governors play a vital role in helping to hold the Board to account for delivery of the Trust’s plans. I would like to thank our current and past Governors, who have worked tirelessly with us and have had a direct impact on the very fabric of the Trust as well as the quality of care we deliver. They have significant statutory powers which include appointing Non-Executive Directors on the Board, to providing representation at important meetings for such as the appointment of the Trust’s external auditors. Our Staff Governors have also been involved in assessing workforce numbers for instance within nursing and escalating important findings to the Board of Directors, so they continue to have a big impact on the way in which we work at the Trust.” 

She adds: “I would encourage people to come and see what it is all about. If you have any interest in becoming a Governor at the Trust either now or in the future, and helping us through this tough period in the Trust’s history then please come along and find out more.” 

Please contact Lorraine Brinnen, Community Involvement Manager in the first instance.  Telephone 01709 427800 or email lorraine.brinnen@rothgen.nhs.uk. 

*Please note specific details of the areas available below:

  • Rotherham South - (Boston Castle, Rotherham East and Sitwell)     
  • Rotherham North  -(Kepple, Rotherham West, Wingfield)                 
  • Wentworth North - (Hoober, Swinton, Wath) 
  • Wentworth Valley        (Hellaby, Maltby, Wickersley) 
  • Rest of England          (Areas outside RMBC boundaries) 

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