Campaign begins to recruit new Governors

Date: 08 February 2024

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Do you have an interest in your local hospital? Are you passionate about listening to people and making sure patients’ voices are heard when decisions are made? If yes, you could apply to be a Public Governor.

The Trust has a number of committed governors coming to the end of their terms of office, so there are a total of 12 Public Governor seats available – eight in Medway and four in Swale. Nominations to become a Governor are OPEN and closes on Monday 18 March. Terms will begin on 1 July 2024, and last for three years. 

Who can apply 

Anyone who is a member of the Trust can stand as a governor for the constituency in which they live. Membership is free and residents must be 16 or over to apply.

Ideal candidates would be people with an interest in learning more about the Trust and the local health system, and engaging with the local community and patients. The most important role of governors is to represent those views at Board Level; helping to ensure that the patient voice is heard. They are supported to do this through regular events and activities which are organised and facilitated by our Engagement Team.

Governors also attend quarterly Council of Governors meetings, and the Annual Members’ Meeting. They are also invited to sit on various committees. Other statutory duties of governors include the appointment and removal of the Chair, Non-Executive Directors and external auditors. They also approve the appointment of the Chief Executive, and receive the Trust’s annual accounts, auditor’s report and annual report. Governors are not paid a salary, but are entitled to claim reasonable travel expenses.

Being a Governor

Being a Public Governor gives Tim Newman, who currently represents Medway, an opportunity to use skills and experience from his 40 year career in health and social care in a positive way.

He said: “I care passionately about the amazing work that is done at Medway Maritime Hospital. I wanted to help influence the services they provide and to make sure that the point of view of local people was heard and acknowledged. I am here to make sure that my local hospital works for the people who use it.

 “As a Governor you can get properly involved and know that you are making a difference to your local community.”

Mark Spragg, Acting Chair, said: “I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be interested and suitable to consider applying when nominations open.Governors play a crucial role and it is vital that we have a strong and dedicated team who can ensure that local people are represented at the highest level.

“We ask you to commit eight to 10 hours a month and in return you will receive training and support to help you fulfil the requirements of the role. We look forward to welcoming some new faces this summer.”

Find out more

An information session is being held for anyone interested in finding out more about the election process and the role of Public Governor.

This will take place on Wednesday 13 March at 5pm in the Trafalgar Conference Suite at Medway Maritime Hospital. For further details or to book a place, please contact our Membership Office: met-tr.members-medway@nhs.net.

We will also be holding engagement stands over the next few weeks, both at the hospital and in the community - details of these are on our Governor and Engagement Events page.

More information about the elections is available on our website.  If you have any further questions, please email the Membership Office at met-tr.members-medway@nhs.net or call us on 01634 825292

 

  • Summary:

    The Trust has a number of committed governors coming to the end of their terms of office, so there are a total of 12 Public Governor seats available – eight in Medway and four in Swale. The nomination stage opens on Friday 1 March and closes on Monday 18 March. Terms will begin on 1 July 2024, and last for three years.