NHS Governor Elections for Group hospital Trust now open



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NHS Governor Elections for Group hospital Trust now open

Nominations for the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Governor elections are now open and the public are being invited to get involved.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT) have joined together to create a Group of hospitals to deliver a variety of local healthcare services.

From 1 April 2017, the Trust Boards of both organisations at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Trust have delegated their functions to a Group “Committees in Common”. While the two Trusts will remain statutory bodies, the Group Committees in Common (CiC) will effectively manage both Trusts.

The Group CiC meet monthly, a minimum of 10 months a year, and are held in public.

As part of this exciting work to create a Group, Salford Royal’s Council of Governors have spent time thinking about how the public and staff members, and communities, of both organisations could be represented.

In March 2017, Salford Royal’s Council of Governors approved changes to its own composition, and agreed to establish a subcommittee, to be known as the Shadow Group Council of Governors. This committee would comprise of all Salford Royal Governors and appointed and elected Shadow Governors from The Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust.

Governors are either elected by the public, patients and staff or nominated by one of the partner organisations, such as a Local Authority.  The governors will attend meetings of the Council of Governors and advise on strategic issues such as the development of new healthcare services. Governors also have an important role in liaising with the wider membership and ensuring their views are reflected at meetings.

You don’t need any special experience or qualifications to be a Governor. But you do need to be enthusiastic and willing to represent not just your own views, but also the views of the people in your community or staff group.

A series of local drop-in information sessions for potential Governors are being held:

  • Fairfield General Hospital: Wednesday 19th July 12:30pm – 3:30pm Auditorium, Fairfield General Hospital, Rochdale Old Road, Bury, BL9 7TD. 
  • North Manchester General Hospital: Thursday 20th July 12:30pm – 3:30pm Post-Graduate Centre, Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5RB. 
  • Rochdale Infirmary: Monday 24th July 12:30pm – 3:30pm Room D3, Education Centre, Level D, Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB. 
  • The Royal Oldham Hospital: Monday 31st July 12:30pm – 3:30pm Education Centre, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Rd, Oldham, OL1 2JH. 

Nominations will close at 5pm on 3rd August 2017.  For more detail, visit www.pat.nhs.uk