Your chance to influence your health services

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South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit two new governors to help influence the future of its health services.

election ballot paper

Being a Foundation Trust enables South Tees to give local people a bigger say in decisions about their hospitals and health services. People can show their support by signing up as members and those who want to can get more involved by providing feedback or standing as governors.

Governors provide an important link between the trust and the community; helping the trust to gather views from local people and feeding back to them what is happening. The job requires some time and commitment and an interest in the NHS and the key issues facing the trust.

Responsibilities include supporting the recruitment of members, attending Council of Governor meetings and advising the Board of Directors on a range of issues. Governors serve a term of three years after which they can be re-elected.

An election is being held to appoint two new governors to represent members of the public. Members can stand for the following seats:

• Redcar & Cleveland – one seat

• Hambleton & Richmondshire – one seat

Nominations must be made by Friday 15 February 2013.

Trust chairman Deborah Jenkins said: “South Tees has now been an NHS Foundation Trust for almost four years and during that time the governors who represent our members have made a significant contribution to the development of the trust.

“Any member can stand for election – all you need is a real interest in the trust and a little spare time to help influence the continued development of our important local services.

“If you are not already a member you can join as a member for free here or call 01642 835616 to request a membership form.”

The elections, which are run by the Electoral Reform Services, will be a secret postal ballot and voting packs will be sent out to members on Monday 11 March 2013.

Members can only vote for governors who represent their constituency. The closing date for votes is Wednesday 3 April 2013.

For more information call the Foundation Trust office on 01642 835616.