Yeovil Hospital is inviting people across South Somerset and Dorset to join them as nominations for public governors open today.

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 and nominations are now open for the following governor constituencies:

  • Greater Yeovil
  • South Somerset (North & East)
  • Dorset

Alison Whitman has been a public governor at Yeovil Hospital for the last four years, and Lead Governor for one year, 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. I have seen a number of significant changes during my time as a governor. Some of these, like the new ward above main reception and the car park, can be seen by everyone, while many are less obvious but even more important.  YDH has led the way nationally in developing new models of care for patients and in working more closely with GP surgeries.

“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.

“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 (on a rotational basis)
  • 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: Jasper Loxton, Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

Telephone: 020 8365 8909


Nominations close at noon on Thursday 15 March.

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