Your chance to influence your health services

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

An election will shortly be held for 13 seats on the Council of Governors and anyone who is a member of the trust can put themselves forward to stand in the following constituencies:

  • Hambleton and Richmondshire – four vacancies
  • Middlesbrough – three vacancies
  • Redcar and Cleveland – three vacancies
  • Patient and/or carer – two vacancies
  • Staff – one vacancy

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.

Trust chairman Deborah Jenkins said: “We’ve been an NHS Foundation Trust for a number of years now and during that time the governors who have represented 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 for free at http://www.southtees.nhs.uk/about/membership/ or call 01642 835592 and nominations must be made by Wednesday 18 February.

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 Tuesday 10 March. Members can only vote for governors who represent their constituency and the closing date for votes is Monday 30 March.