26th March 2014 – Elections for local people to be hospital governors open today

Posted on March 26, 2014 by AireAdmin

Anyone seeking to become more involved in how Airedale Hospital is run by becoming one of its governors is now invited to put themselves forward for election.

The elections opened today (26 March) for seven public seats and anyone interested should phone Electoral Reform Services on 0208 889 9203, email ciara.norris@electoralreform.co.uk or text 2FT AD and your name and address to 88802 to request a nomination form. To put yourself forward you must be a member of the Trust, be aged 16 or over and live in the area you want to represent. All nomination forms have to be returned by 10 April.

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

  • 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)
  • Skipton (Skipton, Embsay, Eastby, Grassington, Upper Wharfedale and Barden Fell)
  • South Craven (Lothersdale, Cowling, Glusburn and Sutton)
  • West Craven (Earby, Kelbrook, Salterforth, Barnoldswich and Bracewell)
  • Rest of England (all areas outside our natural hospital boundary)

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 participation groups and other local community groups.

To find out more please telephone the membership office on 01535 294540 or email members@anhst.nhs.uk