Election News

Following the close of elections on 6 July we are pleased to welcome the following members onto the Council of Governors:

Name Constituency
Joan Cox Carer: Community Services
Chris Grice Carer: Specialist Services
Susan Hodgson Service User: Specialist Services
Simon Mills Staff: Social Care
Peter Vargas Service User: Mental Health
Adam Foster Carer: Mental Health
Helen Ward Public: Doncaster
Karen Biddle Carer: Mental Health
Peter Barr Service User: Learning Disability
Simon Mills Staff: Social Care
Brendan Fox Service User: Community Services (Re-election)
George Baker Public: North Lincolnshire (Re-election)
Results to be announced 21 July Staff: Community Nursing

Following the necessary checks Governors will officially take up their role from 1 August 2017 for a term of 3 years.

Here are some FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) about the role of the Governor:

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 5 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 ftmembership@rdash.nhs.uk for more information or take a look at our guide here


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 ftmembership@rdash.nhs.uk .

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