20 February 2014 – Hospital seeks people for Council of Governors

Posted on February 25, 2014 by AireAdmin

Anyone seeking to become more involved in how Airedale Hospital is run by becoming one of its governors is invited to a special event this week to find out what it involves.

The ‘Everything You Need to Know’ event is being held at the hospital tonight (Thursday 27 February) between 5.30pm – 7.00pm in the seminar room, Education Centre.

The event will include information on the role of the governor, standing for a seat on the Council of Governors, the election process and give an opportunity to ask questions and meet staff including the Chairman, Colin Millar and some of the current governors.

Staff will be on hand to explain how to fill in a nomination form and refreshments will be provided. To book a place or to find out more please telephone the membership office on 01535 294540 or email members@anhst.nhs.uk. If you can’t attend the event, but are still interested, then you can still contact the membership office for an applications pack.

This year there are seven public seats available in the March 2014 elections:

  • Skipton (Skipton, Embasy, Eastby, Grassington, Upper Wharfedale and Barden Fell)
  • Keighley Central (Utley, Knowle Park, Cliffe Castle)
  • Keighley West (Laycock, Braithwaite, Fell Lane, Exley Head and Bracken Bank)
  • Lower Wharfe Valley (Otley, Yeadon, Guiseley and Rawdon)
  • South Craven (Lothersdale, Cowling, Glusburn and Sutton)
  • West Craven (Earby, Kelbrook, Salterforth, Barnoldswick and Bracewell)
  • Rest of England (all areas outside our natural hospital boundary)

Skipton Governor Catherine Bourgeois stepped down last week, and so there is now a vacancy in the area.

Peter Allen, who is also a public governor for Skipton, has urged people with an interest in improving healthcare for patients to step forward. He joined the cancer partnership group at Airedale Hospital when his wife was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 and soon after the user-group of the Yorkshire Cancer Network.

This helped to reawaken his interest in healthcare, as before retiring he had held a technical management post in the NHS.

He said: “It was whilst Airedale was applying to become a Foundation Trust that I began to consider becoming a governor as I could use my professional management experience in industry and the NHS, as well as many years involvement with voluntary services. Coming from a background of medical technical services, the patient and professional interaction was of considerable interest to me.”

Peter was elected as a governor in 2010, and re-elected in 2013. He added: “I find the work interesting and rewarding. It has broadened my experience of health and social care, given me the opportunity to work with local bodies such as Healthwatch and led to invitations to part in meetings at both a local and regional level about health matters.”

Governors have an important role to play and act as a link between the hospital Board of Directors and the public.

Colin Millar, chair for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Most people become governors as they are interested in putting something back into their community

“Their role is to make sure the non-executive directors account for the performance of the Board by asking the right questions and considering reports on how the trust is working. They also represent the interests of the public and members so need to devote time to finding out what they think.”

Some of the things that our governors have been doing over the past year were:

  • approving the appointment of two non-executive directors and an external auditor
  • assisting in planning the hospital public open event;
  • contributing ideas to the Foundation Trust member newsletters;
  • meeting the public at member events and local shows
  • promoting membership of the Foundation Trust and the role of governors through neighbourhood forums, patient participant groups and other local community groups.