Governor elections at Burton Hospitals

Governor elections at Burton Hospitals
21 July 2017

PATIENTS at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are being offered the chance to have a greater involvement in hospital matters. Five new members will be elected to the Council of Governors this summer and the Trust is now receiving nominations.

Governors perform a vital role in the development of the Trust, representing members of the public and holding the Trust Board to account. There are 22 members of the Council of Governors made up of publicly-elected, elected staff and appointed governors.

Nominations are now being sought for four seats – two representing the area of East Staffordshire and two representing Lichfield & Tamworth. A staff governor representing non-clinical staff is also being elected. Only members over the age of 18 are permitted to stand but membership of the Trust is free.

John Carr, who completes the statutory period of service in September after nine years representing the people of East Staffordshire, said: “Being a governor has been incredibly rewarding and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Trust.

“I became involved with the Trust after working within the community as a pharmacist and thought that my experience in the NHS would help. Also, we have governors from all sections of the community representing constituents and ensuring that all voices are heard.

“It’s a brilliant way of engaging with the Trust and helping to shape the direction of travel and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a governor for Burton Hospitals.”

For more details on becoming a member of the Trust and standing for election for the Council of Governors, visit www.burtonhospitals.nhs.uk/membership or telephone 01283 511511 (extension number 5711). The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 26 July 2017.

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