Governors needed at hospital trust

PEOPLE are being urged to get involved with their local hospital by standing for election to the Council of Governors at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Foundation Trust is seeking a total of eight new Governors - five public members and three staff members – and is calling on local people to step forward for the challenge.

The seats are for the following positions:

One seat for North East Lincolnshire public constituency

Three seats for North Lincolnshire public constituency

One seat for Goole and Howdenshire public constituency

Three seats for the staff constituency.

Foundation Trust Assistant Head of Governance – Membership and Assistant Trust Secretary Sarah Everatt said: “Our governors are ordinary members of the local community, just like you, and many of them have no specialist knowledge about health care.

“What they do have is time to help plan the future of the organisation and represent the views of the local people. This is your opportunity to have a say in how your local hospital is run.”

Information about how to stand for election has been sent out to all members of the Foundation Trust. To request a nomination pack members should call Electoral Reform Services on 020 8889 9203 or email caroline.hinchcliffe@electoralreform.co.uk or contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office on 01724 387946 or emailing nlg-tr.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net

All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer, Caroline Hinchcliffe, at Electoral Reform Services at the address above by noon on Monday October 10, 2011.

If candidates do submit a nomination and subsequently decide to withdraw, this must be done in writing, and witnessed, to the Returning Officer no later than noon on Thursday October 13, 2011.

Please note that nominations that are faxed or emailed will not be accepted.

Ballot papers will then be distributed to qualifying members on Friday October 28th 2011. Completed papers must then be received by Electoral Reform Services by noon on Thursday November 17, 2011.