Elections for Doncaster health trust board

George Webb, vice-chairman of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust board of governors.
George Webb, vice-chairman of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust board of governors.

Elections are being held to fill three seats on a Doncaster health trust’s board of governors.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Mexbrough Montagu Hospital, is encouraging local people to stand for election as public governors. Two seats are up for grabs in the Doncaster area and one seat is on offer in Bassetlaw.

Public governors play a vital role in representing the public and influencing how their local hospitals make plans to improve and develop their services. Anyone interested in becoming a public governor for the Trust and helping to make sure the public receive the best care possible should submit their nomination between 2 and 30 June 2015.

Vice-chair of the board of governors George Webb said: “I became a governor at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals when it became a Foundation Trust 11 years ago and since then I have seen governors bring all manner of skills to the role. The role continues to grow and change and governors are becoming involved in additional activities, offering input at an earlier stage.

“The most important part of being a governor is to hold the Board of Directors to account and give the public a voice in discussions about their local hospitals. The role is very rewarding, especially when you see how your input has contributed to improvements in patient care.

“If you want to apply your skills and time to an active role in your local hospitals then please consider standing as a governor.”

You do not need any special qualifications to become a governor, all we ask for is enthusiasm and a desire to help improve patient care. We need governors who will put forward their own views and the views of those who have voted. As a governor, you will also need to commit time to attend the Annual Members Meeting and four Board of Governors’ meetings a year.

The Trust will provide all necessary training, advice and support for those elected as governors. Governors who are elected will be in post for a period of three years and will be eligible to stand for re-election at the end of that period.

If you are interested in being a governor and want to know more about what it involves, how the election process works, please get in touch with the Foundation Trust office on 01302 381355 or email them on foundation.office@dbh.nhs.uk.

You need to be a member of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to stand for election but if you are not already a member you can join online at click here or by contacting the Foundation Trust office on 01302 381355.