The James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be holding elections to find 17 public Governors, and five staff Governors, who will replace the current team when they complete their three-year term of office on 31 July.
Governors play a crucial role in engaging with patients, their families and carers - as well as the wider public – so that their views are taken into account when discussing plans for services at the hospital.
They work closely with the Board of Directors, through the Chair and Non Executive Directors and contribute to the Trust’s objectives, operational plans and long term strategies.
The elections are being overseen by Trust Secretary Ann Filby, who said there had never been a better time to consider standing for Governor.
“The James Paget is an amazing place to work, with staff who are second-to-none when it comes to providing care for patients,” she said.
“This has been recognised by the independent regulator of health and social care, the Care Quality Commission, which rated the Trust as “Good” and noted that staff went “the extra mile” for their patients and were exceptionally caring.
“Looking ahead, we are embarking on an exciting but challenging journey which will require collaboration across the healthcare system to re-design our services so that they are sustainable in the years ahead.
“So, if someone wants to help a successful healthcare provider progress further on its journey of continuous improvement and has the energy to help the Trust pursue an ambitious programme of transformation and collaboration, then the role of Governor could be ideal for them.”
The Trust wants to receive a wide range of nominations, from people with a variety of backgrounds and experience – but the same passion to make a difference for patients.
To be eligible to stand, people must meet certain criteria, including:
*living in the local area and being a Trust member.
*aged 16 years or older on 2 June, 2017.
*a commitment to attend Council of Governors meetings and events.
Governors are expected to volunteer, on average, two days a month for three years to carry out their role.
Several events have been set up for people to find out more:
• Friday 21 April – 12.30pm – in the Boardroom
• Tuesday 25 April – 6pm – in the Boardroom
• Saturday 6 May – 10am – in the Boardroom
For more information on the role of the Governor and the election process, please contact Ann Filby on 01493 452162 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What do Governors do?
Governors are involved in discussions about the future plans for our services and are responsible for representing the wider public view as well as our membership. The role of the Governor includes:
• Appointing the Chairman and the other Non Executive Directors and, as appropriate, remove;
• Deciding the remuneration, allowances and the other terms and conditions of office of the Chairman and other Non Executive Directors;
• Approving the appointment of a chief executive (the Non Executive Directors appoint or remove the Executive Directors);
• Appointing or removing the auditor;
• Expressing views for consideration in the directors’ preparation of the forward plan;
• Receiving the annual accounts, auditor’s report and annual report;
• Approving an increase of 5% or more in non NHS income/private patient work in any one financial year;
• Approving all “significant transactions” including mergers, acquisitions, separations and dissolutions;
• Approving amendments to the Trust’s constitution prior to the Board of Directors’ consideration.