DBTH holds elections for public governor roles

The Trust is currently holding elections for its Council of Governors. There are five public seats up for nomination, three of which are in the Doncaster area and two in Bassetlaw.

Public governors play a vital role in representing the public and influencing how their local hospitals make plans to improve and develop services. Those interested in becoming a public governor are asked to submit their nomination before 5pm on Friday 27 July 2018.

Suzy Brain England, Chair of the Board at the Trust, said: “Public governors get involved in all manner of activities, offering crucial input and giving voice to the community in discussions about their local hospitals. They hold the Board of Directors to account and ask important questions on behalf of the public.

“The role is extremely rewarding and contributes significantly towards enhancing the services that we offer to patients. If you want to apply your skills and dedicate a small portion of your time to an active role in your local hospital, then please consider standing as a governor and give a voice to local people.”

The Trust is encouraging enthusiastic residents to apply for this fantastic opportunity, emphasising that special qualifications are not a requirement. All you need is the right level of motivation and a real desire to help improve patient care.  Anyone who is a registered member of the Trust, so long as they are aged over 16, is eligible to put themselves forward.

For successful candidates, the Trust will provide all necessary training, advice and support. Governors who are elected will be in post for of three years and will be eligible to stand for re-election at the end of that period. As a governor, you will also need to commit time to attending the organisation’s Annual Members Meeting and four Council of Governors’ meetings a year, as well as numerous briefings and training.

The Trust is also keen to increase the diversity of the Council of Governors, so that it better mirrors the users of hospital services. To that end, DBTH welcomes applications from people living with disabilities and from any race, religion or cultural background.

If you are interested in applying, you can find out more by calling the Foundation Trust office on 01302 644157 or by emailing matthew.kane1@nhs.net. The nomination form and details about the roles are also available at www.ersvotes.com/dbth2018. Meanwhile, to register as a member of the Trust, go to dbth.nhs.uk.