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Do you have what it takes to be a Trust Governor?

20 Feb 2014 08:18:27
Trust Governor


The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) is looking for people who want to channel their passion for healthcare to help shape the future of health services in the area.  


The Trust is looking for nine new public governors in Rotherham North, Wentworth South, Rother Valley West, Rother Valley South, Wentworth Valley and our Rest of England constituency which covers areas not inside RMBC boundaries. The Trust also has vacancies in three of its staff constituencies; Medical and Dental, Professional Nurses and Midwives and Support Staff to Health Professionals. 


The Trust has more than 18000 public and staff Members in the local area that are eligible to nominate themselves to become an elected Governor. 


Lead Governor at TRFT, Jean Dearden, said: “Becoming a Governor is the opportunity to listen to the views of the Trust members and general public and take feedback to the Board of Directors. Governors have the opportunities to influence the future strategic plans of the Trust and how services are developed.” 


“We are looking for passionate and committed people who want to help develop, further improve and support positive changes to the services we offer to our patients and the local community and encourage all who are interested to apply as soon as possible” says the Trust’s Marketing Manager, Bernadette Hossack. 


Elections will take place in April and any member of the public aged 16 or older living in a constituency with a vacancy can become a member of the Trust and stand for election as a Governor. There are no particular qualifications or skills defined as a requirement of the role and anyone with a passion for healthcare is encouraged to apply. 


Corporate Governance Manager at TRFT, Dawn Stewart, said: “Governors play an important role in representing the voice of the Trust members and the general public. They have a number of statutory powers such as appointing Non-Executive Directors and holding them to account for the performance of the Board of Directors”. 


All newly appointed governors are provided with an induction programme to help them understand 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 in addition to the Annual General Meeting and a number of Governor sub-committees.” 


For more information about the role of a Governor, please contact Rebecca Ferguson, Membership & Corporate Affairs Officer on 01709 427800 or email foundation.trust@rothgen.nhs.uk 



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