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The Trust welcomes new Governors

30 Jul 2014 14:32:31


On 1st June 2014, following this year’s Council of Governors elections The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust welcomed five new and six returning Governors to make up our group of 25 Public, Staff and Partner Governors. Governors play a vital role; they represent the interests and views of the Trust members and general public within their constituency, giving staff and others the opportunity to influence the future direction of the Trust.

As well as engaging with the public, promoting new services and contributing their experience to a number of Council sub-committees, our Governors also have a number of statutory duties, such as participating in the appointment of the Chairman and non-executive directors and holding the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board.  

John Barber,Gavin Rimmer and Leslie Hayhurstare our newly elected Public Governors and they all bring many years of NHS and healthcare industry experience to their new roles.  

Leslie has been elected as a public Governor to represent the Wentworth South constituency. He has experience as a NHS manager at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where he worked closely with ward managers and matrons. He enjoyed pursuing available funding to implement improvements recommended by staff. He said: “I became a Governor as I am interested in the quality of healthcare, both in Rotherham and nationally, especially during the current climate of tight financial constraints.”

John has been elected as Public Governor to the Wentworth Valley constituency; he has 25 years’ service as an NHS manager and Director. He is also a user of Trust services himself, so has a keen desire to see a great local health service provided by the Trust. He said: “I hope to contribute in ensuring patients are at the centre of everything the Trust does. I have been a Director of Finance at two acute Trusts, so I see my experience being helpful in carrying out the Governor’s role; helping patients and the public understand the business challenges the Trust faces and ensuring the Trust is well run and well managed.”

Gavin has been elected as Public Governor to the Rother Valley South constituency, and over the past 10 years he has worked in a non-promotional role in pharmaceuticals providing better access to medicines for patients. Gavin said: “I am passionate about improving healthcare and ensuring patients get timely access to the right treatment. One of the ways to do this is to become an active participant in my local health economy and becoming a Governor will enable me to do that.

“I want to really make sure that people know about the good work done by their local NHS and the improvements we are all striving for. I am also looking forward to assisting the board of directors as they take plans forward for the Trust.” 

Tina Senior and Fiona Smith will be joining our team of Staff Governors and will help provide a vital ear to help to make sure the views of the employees are voiced at board level.

Fiona is the lead nurse and team leader for the diabetic specialist nursing team at the Trust. She not only works clinically, but she also has an educational role delivering diabetes advice and education to other health professionals, patients and carers through the Trust and out in the community. She said: “I’d like to promote to the Board of Directors the important role that nursing and midwifery has in enabling the Trust to move forward in providing the best health care for the people of Rotherham; as I believe we all have an important role to play in the life of the Trust.” 

Tina works for our Therapy Department as a Technical instructor and on a daily basis assesses patients mobility needs to ensure they are supported upon leaving hospital with exercise and equipment. She will be representing our Support Staff to Health Professional constituency.

Tina became a Governor after being recommended the role the Clinical Director for Therapy Services, Diane Simpson. Tina said: “Diane recommended the post to me as she thought I would be the right kind of person. I am confident working with lots of different staff groups and sharing information and I want all staff in my constituency to feel as connected as I do. I look forward to doing positive work with the Council of Governors and am excited to work with groups of staff I wouldn’t have come into contact with before, see their take on things and sharing my insights with more senior staff.”  

Bridget Dixon is one of our Public Governors and has been re-elected for another term of three years after completing her first term this year. She said: “I would recommend becoming a Governor to anyone with an interest in the health and happiness of the people of Rotherham, the role is interesting and fulfilling.

“The Trust’s Public Governors are a vocal group of the public, elected by the Members of the Trust. We help the Trust to keep in touch with local public opinion and have a voice in the Trust’s strategic decisions. We help keep an eye on quality, safety, clinical results, patient experience and hold the Board members to account; influencing major decisions is not just the role of the paid executives and non-executives.”

Trust Chairman, Martin Havenhand said: “Our Council of Governors is a key part of the Governance framework for ensuring that the Trust provides quality health services to the people of Rotherham. They are therefore a valuable asset and provide an important link to our local community; keeping us informed of how the public and Trust members feel we are doing and if there are any improvements they would like to see. 

“I am delighted to welcome our new and returning Governors to the Trust and I look forward to working with them over the coming years.”

 

ENDS 

 

Notes to Editor: 

  • Membership of the Trust is free and open to everyone aged 16 or over. Membership allows people to keep up-to-date with Trust news, receive invitations to events and become eligible to vote, or stand in the Council of Governors elections. To join the Trust, go to www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/GetInvolved/ 
  • Current list of Governors  

Public Governors 

Constituency 

Term (years) 

Terry Barker               

Rotherham South

01.06.13 to 31.05.16

Abul-Abbas Zaidi

Rotherham South

01.06.13 to 31.05.16

Sylvia Bird (re-elected)

Rotherham North

01.06.14 to 31.05.15

Anne Selman

Rotherham North  

01.06.12 to 31.05.15

Jean Dearden (re-elected)

Wentworth South

01.06.14 to 31.05.15

Leslie Hayhurst

Wentworth South

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

Ann Ashton

Wentworth North

01.06.13 to 31.05.16

Cynthia Shaw

Wentworth North

01.06.13 to 31.05.16

Dennis Wray (re-elected)

Rother Valley West

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

VACANCY

Rother Valley West

-

Graham Barry Jenkinson

Wentworth Valley

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

John Barber

Wentworth Valley

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

Bridget Dixon (re-elected)

Rother Valley South

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

Gavin Rimmer

Rother Valley South

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

VACANCY

Rest of England

-

VACANCY

Rest of England

-

 

Staff Governors 

Constituency 

Term (years) 

Fiona Smith

Professional Nurses and Midwives

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

Catherine Ripley

Other Health Professionals

01.06.13 to 31.05.16

Dr Firas Al-Modaris (re-elected)

Medical and Dental

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

Sandra Lewis

Other Directly Employed NHS Staff

01.06.13 to 31.05.16

Tina Senior

Support Staff to Health Professionals

01.06.14 to 31.05.17

 Partner Organisation – Appointed Governors 

(appointed by their organisations on 3-year terms of renewal) 

Appointed Governors 

Constituency 

Jean Flanagan

Sheffield Hallam University

Prof. Arshad Majid

Sheffield University

Keely Firth

Rotherham Primary Care Trust

Cllr Simon Tweed

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Carole Haywood

Rotherham Partnership

Janet Wheatley

Voluntary Action Rotherham

Azizzum Akhtar

Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance

Dominic Beck

Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

 

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