16th January 2012 – Hospital seeks local people for Council of Governors

Posted on January 16, 2012 by AireAdmin

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is holding an event for people who would be interested in standing for election as governors.

Governors are involved in overseeing the board of directors, contributing to the planning and developing of services and making sure the voice of members is heard.  As well as coming to quarterly council of governor meetings, governors can be involved in other hospital groups and committees and take part in member events.

To help people find out more about what being a governor will involve, the hospital is holding an ‘Everything you need to know’ event for those interested in standing for election for a seat on the council of governors.

The event is being held in the board room at Airedale Hospital on:

  • Thursday 2 February from 6.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Monday 6 February from 10.30am to 11.30am

It includes presentations for the first hour followed by an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the chairman, Colin Millar, and some of the governors.  Staff will also be on hand to explain what the election process involves and how to fill in a nomination form, together with information on what the role of a governor will actually involve.  Refreshments are provided for half an hour before each event. This year, the following public seats are available.

If you live in the Bradford Metropolitan District Council area:

  • Bingley
  • Craven
  • Ilkley
  • Keighley Central

If you live in the Craven District Council area:

  • Skipton (which includes Barden Fell, Eastby, Embsay, Grassington and Upper Wharfedale)
  • South Craven (which includes Aire Valley, Cowling, Glusburn, Lothersdale, Sutton in Craven and West Craven)

If you live in the Pendle Borough Council area:

  • Pendle East and Colne (which includes Barrowford, Boulsworth, Foulridge, Horsfield, Vivary Bridge and Waterside)
  • West Craven (which includes Coates, Craven and Earby)

If you live in the Leeds City Council area:

  • Lower Wharfe Valley (which includes Guiseley, Otley, Rawdon and Yeadon)

Airedale Hospital became a foundation trust in June 2010.  A foundation trust is made up of members including local people, patients, staff and volunteers.  Anyone can join as a member and members elect a council of governors.  The council of governors make sure that the views of local people, staff and partners are heard when decisions are made about the foundation trust.  There are 20 public governors, 6 staff governors and 10 partner governors from places like the councils and primary care trusts, working together on a council of governors.

To book a place or register your interest please call the membership office on 01535 292727 or emailmembers@anhst.nhs.uk.  The elections start on 26 March and this is an opportunity for all those interested in standing for election to find out more about what is involved.