4th February 2016 – Could you be a governor at Airedale Hospital?

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4 February 2016

Could you be a governor at Airedale Hospital?

Anyone interested in becoming a governor for Airedale Hospital is invited to one of two special events to find out what it involves.

The first of the ‘Everything You Need to Know’ sessions is being held at the hospital on Monday 15 February, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, in the Lounge, Education Centre, Airedale Hospital, and repeated on Tuesday 23 February, 10.30am – 11.30am, in the same place.

The events will include information about the role of the governor, the election process and give an opportunity to ask questions and meet some of the current governors. Staff will be on hand to explain how to apply and tea and coffee will be provided.

Governors have an important role to play and act as a link between the hospital board of directors and members of the public.

Michael Luger, chair for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our governors often put themselves forward as they would like to put something back into their community. They play an important part in the future of our hospital.

“Their role is to make sure the non-executive directors account for the performance of the board by asking the right questions and considering information about how the trust is working.  They also represent the interests of their local community and members so need to devote time to finding out what residents think.”

This year there are the following public seats available in the March 2016 elections:

Bingley Bingley, Eldwick and Micklethwaite
Bingley Rural Cullingworth, Harden, Wilsden and Denholme
Craven Steeton, Silsden and Addingham
Ilkley Ilkley
Settle and Mid Craven Settle and Ribblebanks

Gargrave and Malhamdale

Hellifield and Long Preston

Pen y Ghent


Ingleton and Clapham

Skipton Skipton

Embsay with Eastby


Upper Wharfedale

Barden Fell

South Craven West Craven

Aire Valley with Lothersdale



Sutton in Craven

Wharfedale Burley in Wharfedale and Menston, Otley, Yeadon, Rawdon and Guiseley
Worth Valley Oakworth, Haworth, Cross Roads, Oxenhope and Stanbury

Some examples of things that Airedale governors have been involved with over the past year are:

  • approving the appointment of non-executive directors and the external auditor
  • helping to plan the hospital’s public open event;
  • promoting membership of the Foundation Trust and the role of governors through community events.

To book a place or to find out more contact the membership office tel: 01535 294540 or email: members@anhst.nhs.uk.

Paul Maskell is one of Airedale Hospital’s governors elected to make sure the voices of people in West Craven are heard. He is also an elected parish councillor and was chair for 10 years.

 After working in the health sector for 15 years, initially for the primary care trusts in Bradford and now for Macmillan Cancer Support, as part of the service development team, he took up the post last year.

Paul is planning to run engagement events in West Craven to help people understand the role of the trust and how they can have a voice in how it is run.

He said: “I stood to be a governor as I believe it is important that we take responsibility for the services that we pay for through our taxes. The system of having a governing body allows the public to engage with the trust and if we want the best service available then we should make the effort to work with the hospital to achieve this to push for the best within the resources we have.”

He added: “The role of governor is crucial in holding the NHS to account and my role is to make sure the views of patients and staff are heard. We support and challenge the trust to deliver excellent health care and high quality services for our community.

Paul said the trust needs a mix of people with different experience, from varied backgrounds and age groups. Governors receive training and support to get to grips with the complexities of the NHS systems, although Paul warned it is time intensive.

He added: “The main requirement is enthusiasm and an open mind, not to have an agenda or be driven by personal experiences as you are acting for your members, not yourself.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it is better to learn than be confused or to misunderstand, it’s not always easy but it is very worthwhile.”

The public and staff governors are elected by foundation trust members each year.

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