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Governor Elections – your chance to get involved

02 Mar 2021 16:21:51

Are you passionate about your local community and about the services that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust provides to you, your family and friends?

If you live in Wentworth North, Rother Valley South, Rother Valley West or Rotherham North, you could do something to help your NHS and stand in our Governor Elections.

There’s never been a more important time to do your bit for the community and help the Trust become the best in the region. All we need from you is passion for your local community and about the services that our Trust provides to you, your family and friends.

You don’t need special qualifications or experience, but simply become a Member of the Trust and have a desire to get involved and do something for your local community.

Being a Member or Governor means you can have your say in helping to plan future NHS services, and in turn you will have an impact on how healthcare in Rotherham is provided. You can get involved as much or as little as you want.

As a Governor, you’ll sit on the Council of Governors, a group who represents local people and helps set the direction for the future of hospital and community services, with help from Trust Members. Public Governors are elected by their fellow Members to sit on the Council.

Gavin Rimmer has been a Governor for seven years, and in 2018 he became the Trust’s Lead Governor. He believes that becoming a Member or a Governor of our Trust means you get to hear about opportunities to help, the chance to influence services and make a real difference.

“My own experiences as a patient and parent led me to stand for election initially in 2014. I am still passionate about improving healthcare locally and being a Governor allows me to make a difference, represent the views of members and the interests of the public across the Trust.

“We’re keen to have as many representatives as possible from across Rotherham communities and it is really important that people don’t let this opportunity pass them by.

“This is your chance to help your NHS.”

You can find out more about the process, what a Governor does and what is involved on the Trust website here