Governors of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) recently came together to host their first ‘Governors’ Surgery’ at Rotherham Hospital.
The day provided an opportunity for Governors to meet their constituents, members of the public and of course staff. Visitors were invited to find out what the Governors do for the Trust and how they represent views of their constituents at Trust Board level.
Governors sought views from people attending the hospital about their visit and answered questions from members of the public and staff who came to visit them in the Community Corner area of Rotherham Hospital.
Public Governor for the Rother Valley South constituency, Bridget Dixon, said: “As a Public Governor, I want to get feedback on how the Trust is doing in the eyes of its customers and get these comments back to the management and front-line staff.
“The Governors’ Surgery was a first in the history of the Trust and we are feeling our way.”
Public Governor for the Wentworth North area of Rotherham, Cynthia Shaw, agrees: “I do feel the Surgery was a great way of opening up previously unexplored avenues in seeking the opinion of the public. It was a fantastic opportunity for anybody visiting Trust services, a patient, a relative, or a visitor just passing through that day to have their say about what their visit to the Trust has done for them in a relaxed and informal setting.”
Bridget said: “In the course of my surgery time, I spoke to people who were mostly visiting or collecting relatives but many also had experience as patients. Everyone was really helpful and willing to give their views.”
The day was a productive start for the Governors and all feedback from the day will be highlighted to the Trust’s Executive team, in keeping with the role of the Council of Governors, to represent the views of their constituents and members of the public at Board level.
Look out for future events where Governors will be showcasing their work and providing opportunities for members of the Trust, public and staff to come and see them in person!
Members of the Trust can contact their Governor by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting the name of their Governor or constituency in the subject line. Staff can contact their Governor by emailing email@example.com or contacting their Governor directly.
Should you be interested in becoming a Governor, public or staff, nominations open for a month on the 17th February 2014. Do not hesitate to get in contact with Membership & Corporate Affairs Officer, Rebecca Ferguson, on 01709 427800 to discuss the role in greater detail or email: firstname.lastname@example.org