Election News 2019

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Our 2019 elections have now started and we have a number of opportunities for Foundation Trust Members who may be thinking about standing as Governors.  Our vacancies include:

Doncaster Public (ONE seat)

Rotherham Public (TWO seats)

Rest of England Public (ONE seat)

Mental Health Service User (ONE seat)

Community Nursing Staff (ONE seat)

Medical and Pharmacy Staff (ONE seat)

Our nominations will open Tuesday, 2 July and run until Tuesday, 30 July.

At the close of nominations on 17 July, 8 nominations had been received for 5 of the vacant seats.

2 seats were filled uncontested and we are pleased to welcome:

Michael Seneviratne as our Medical and Pharmacy Staff Governor and

Mohammed Suleman as our Rotherham Public Governor

Elections will now be held for 2 seats:

Public: Doncaster

Service User: Mental Health            

Voting commenced on 5 August and will close on 27 August following which the results will be published.

Please find below nomination forms that are available to download and print and also an information sheet on nomination guidance:



Service User

Nomination guidance

Why not come along to one of our information sessions to find out more and to chat with our current Governors?

Date Time Venue
Tuesday, 9 July 2 – 4 pm MyPlace, St Anns Road, Rotherham S65 1PH
Thursday, 11 July 4 – 6 pm Board Room 2, Woodfield House, Tickhill Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8QN

You can speak to Cheryl for an informal chat by ringing (01302) 798135, 07585 992439 or email at Cheryl.watkinson@nhs.net

The Notice of Election is now available to view here:  Notice Of Election

The Notice of Poll is now available to view here: Notice of Poll

You  can read our Election Special Trust Matters newsletter here: Trust Matters Members Election Edition 2019

Want to know more about the Governor role, then here are some frequently asked questions and Governor video:

Watch this short video to find out from some of our Governors why they volunteer.

Do Governors need special skills to nominate themselves?

You need to:

  • Be over the age of 16
  • Have an interest in your local health services
  • Have good interpersonal skills to communicate with a range of people
  • Have enthusiasm, commitment and can work as a team.
  • Can draw on experiences in other roles, for example volunteering, at work or in your personal life.

If you are a service user/patient or carer then you will have used our services in the last five years or cared for someone who has.

How much time will it take?

It is important that the time commitment is not underestimated when deciding whether or not to stand for election.

  • Four formal meeting each year (one of which will incorporate the Annual  Members Meeting)
  • Attendance at public meetings and events
  • Working groups and committees
  • Visits to services
  • Attending training to support you in carrying out your role
  • Attending members drop ins or community events.

More information

You can contact the Foundation Trust Office on Freephone 0800 015 0370 or 01302 798135 or email rdash.ftmembershipoffice@nhs.net for more information or take a look at our guide here: Governors’ guide 2018

A number of drop in sessions will be scheduled over the coming weeks to offer you the opportunity to come along and speak to our Governors about the role and learn more about the election process – dates, times and venues will be publicised once confirmed.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more by contacting Cheryl Watkinson, Membership and Engagement Facilitator, on freephone 0800 015 0370 or email rdash.ftmembershipoffice@nhs.net

We now have our own Foundation Trust Membership pages on Facebook and Twitter, check us out at: