Are you interested in becoming an RDaSH governor?

Are you passionate about the NHS and interested in helping one of your local Trusts to listen and learn from your skills and experiences?

If so, you could stand to become a governor at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

“We have vacancies for governors to represent the people of Doncaster, Rotherham and North East Lincolnshire, said RDaSH Director of Corporate Assurance, Philip Gowland.

“Elections for these seats, plus several more specialist governor roles across the services we provide, will take place in the coming weeks. So the time is right to find out more about what an important role governors play in the running of a big NHS Trust like RDaSH, which employs thousands of staff and cares for tens of thousands of patients every year.

“Governors are volunteers who provide a vital link between the Trust and local people, staff and partner organisations. They also appoint the Chair and non-executive directors of the Trust. As members of our Council of Governors they are guardians of our objectives and values, helping to bring about improvements to the services we provide.

“To become a governor you must first be a member of the Trust, which is a simple process, easily completed online by visiting www.rdash.nhs.uk and searching for ‘Join Us’. As a member you can then nominate yourself to be a governor via an election process. All the contested seats are decided by the votes of the members.

“You need to have the time to be able to attend some public meetings, visits and training sessions, plus four formal meetings a year, one of which is the Annual Members’ Meeting.”

Governors must be aged over 16 and have:

  • An interest in local health services.
  • Good interpersonal skills to communicate with a range of people
  • Enthusiasm, commitment and able to work as a team.
  • 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 RDaSH’s services in the last five years or cared for someone who has.

There are currently vacancies for:

  • Doncaster Public (TWO seats)
  • Rotherham Public (ONE seat)
  • North East Lincolnshire Public (ONE seat)
  • Rest of England Public (ONE seat)
  • Mental Health Service User (ONE seat)
  • Community Services Service User (TWO seats)
  • Specialist Services Service User (ONE seat)
  • Learning Disability Services Service User (ONE seat)
  • Mental Health Carer (ONE seat)
  • Community Services Carer (TWO seats)
  • Specialist Services Carer (ONE seat)
  • Learning Disability Carer (ONE seat)

Nominations for governor open on Friday 14 August and close on Tuesday 1 September. Voting will then take place and the newly elected governors will be announced in early October 2020.

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

Please email rdash.ftmembershipoffice@nhs.net to ask for any further information or to arrange a call to discuss this exciting opportunity.