Would you like to have a say in how our hospital is run and work with us to hear and reflect the views of our local community?
We will be holding elections to find 10 public Governors and four staff Governors in August and we are currently looking for individuals who would like to nominate themselves for the role and stand for election.
We are looking for local people who want to help shape the direction of our hospital and its services over the next year. We had planned to elect for a three year term of office as we normally would but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to the Council and are electing for a one-year term of office only. We will be holding another election in 2021.
The NHS and local people have faced a number of challenges in recent weeks as a result of the pandemic. It has been difficult but we have seen fantastic support from our local community.
Urgent and emergency surgery and services have continued at the hospital throughout and our staff have responded amazingly too. Cases of patients confirmed as positive for the virus are much reduced now, and we have just re-started some elective surgery in phases so that those patients in most need are treated first. We are also working very closely with the other two acute trusts, and other organisations in Norfolk and Waveney, to make sure that our patients get the best care possible in the longer term.
Ensuring that patient and public views are gathered effectively will become even more important and our Governors are key to this.
The Council of Governors hold the Non Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors. They also represent the interests of the members of the Trust and the interests of the public.
To stand as a Governor you must already be a member of the Trust however you can become a member by signing up here .
You must be 16 years or older on 15 July 2020 and meet other criteria, such as being resident in the Great Yarmouth and north-east Suffolk area. Full details are set out on the site where nominations are made –
If you would like to make a difference and get involved please visit our Governors page here for more details
The one-year term of office will run from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.
The nomination process opens today, Monday 29 June, and closes on Wednesday 15 July.
Trust Secretary Ann Filby, who is overseeing the election, said anyone over 16 should consider standing for election.
“If you think this is something you’d like to do we would urge you to sign up. We would like to encourage young people and those with diverse backgrounds to consider joining us as a Governor. There is a time commitment and you’ll need to be able to attend some meetings but, most importantly, you will talk to local people and make sure they have a voice in the running of the hospital.
“Our Trust has been rated as ‘Good’ by the CQC since 2015 and we continue to make improvements to enhance patient care and staff wellbeing. If you would like to help us this is a great way to get involved.”