A driving force behind NHS foundation trusts is the active participation of local members of the public, patients and staff through the Council of Governors. The involvement of governors brings improvements to the quality of patient care.
The Council of Governors
Our Governors help influence the decisions our Board take to ensure our services meet the needs of the local communities we serve. The Council of Governors meets quarterly in public and, at these meetings, provide feedback on developments and decisions at our hospitals, acting as the eyes and ears of local people. There are 23 elected and appointed Governors on the Council.
Meet our Governors
Our Governors represent members of the public from constituencies across Gloucestershire, as well as our patients and staff and stakeholder organisations:
- Cheltenham Borough Council area
- Cotswold District Council area
- Forest of Dean District Council area
- Gloucester City Council area
- Stroud District Council area
- Tewkesbury Borough Council area
- Out of County Governor
Become a Governor
Who can be a Governor?
Any Foundation Trust Member can nominate themselves for Governor vacancies in their own constituency. Elections are held most years with the term of office for a governor being three years.
As a Governor you will be:
- invited to attend six Council of Governor meetings per year
- consulted on plans for changes to the health service locally
- consulted on any areas of special interest that you have
- prepared to meet with and speak to Members in your constituency to hear their views
- receive user-friendly information to keep you up to date with the work of the Trust
- appoint the Chair and Non-Executive Directors of the Trust and approve the appointment of the Chief Executive.
Other useful info:
- as a Governor you will receive mileage and car parking expenses, but not a salary
- the Term of Office will normally be for three years initially and for a maximum of three terms
- you can nominate yourself to be a Governor
- Governors will not receive a 'dividend', bonus or any special NHS treatment
- you don't need to have experience of formal meetings. Training and support will be provided
- some conditions prohibit election as a Governor for a few people.
How do I become a Governor?
To become a Governor you must already be a Foundation Trust Member. If you are not yet a Member, become a Member today
Full information on the role of the Governor and a nomination form is contained in our Governor Pack. To receive your Governor Pack contact us stating your full name and address:
Freephone 0800 019 3303
or write to us:
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Freepost NAT 7247
Please indicate if you are a member of staff of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Any information given to the Trust in connection with the NHS Foundation Trust status will only be used for that purpose. Names of Members will be included on a public register. No other personal details will be released to a third party without your written authority. The information will be stored and processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998
Governors restricted area
Governors are able to access the Governors Restricted Area.