Yeovil Hospital is inviting people across South Somerset (South and West), Greater Yeovil and Dorset to join them as nominations for public governors open on Thursday 28 February.

Governors are an important part of an NHS Foundation Trust and represent the interests of the public. They work with the Board of Directors to influence and produce the Trust’s future plans. They also appoint and hold Non-Executive Directors to account and help shape the strategy and key decisions of the hospital.

Elected governors serve terms of three years, up to a maximum of three terms. The role is voluntary.

Nominations are now open for the following governor constituencies:

  • Greater Yeovil
  • South Somerset (South and West)
  • Dorset

Alison Whitman has been a public governor for the rest of Somerset at Yeovil Hospital for the last five years and the Lead Governor for two years. She said of the role:

“I very much enjoy being a governor at YDH. The hospital has faced and is still facing a challenging time, with demand growing faster than budgets and changes in the services we need as a community, especially as our population gets older. In order to address these issues, YDH is working closely with other health care providers and the County Council to ensure the best possible provision for patients.

“As a governor, I have been able to contribute to these developments and to represent all those served by the hospital, in making sure that changes take into account our local needs, always keeping the well-being of patients as the highest priority.  My work as a governor has been very rewarding.

“If you have time to commit to the role, I would thoroughly recommend anyone interested in having an excellent, forward-thinking hospital in Yeovil to put themselves forward for election”

There are many opportunities for governors to get involved in the running of the hospital but their key commitments are:

  • Four Council of Governors meetings each year
  • Optional attendance on one of the quarterly governor working groups
  • Optional attendance at Yeovil Hospital Board of Directors meetings (once each year)
  • Optional attendance at quarterly sub-committees of the Board of Directors.

If you’d like the chance to help shape local healthcare services, a nomination form is available in one of the following ways:

Post:  Robina Mirza, Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

Telephone: 020 8365 8909

Email: robina.mirza@electoralreform.co.uk

Nominations close at noon on Friday 15 March.

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