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Hospital governor role is chance to ‘give back’

26 February 2018
Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is looking for volunteers to take on an important role in helping shape its future.

The Foundation Trust, which is accountable to its local communities for the services it provides, has just given official ‘notice of elections’ for its Council of Governors.David Dean

Governors, who often see the role as an opportunity to give back to their local hospitals, are elected from public, patient and staff constituencies.

Deputy Lead Governor, David Dean, said part of the role involves attending meetings where Governors learn about the Trust’s strategy, activities and response to issues. There are opportunities to challenge and question the Board of Directors.

Those with more time can join in with activities such as patient experience meetings, ward inspections and discussions to help shape the long-term strategy of the Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Maternity Hospitals.

Mr Dean, who was elected as a public governor in July 2017, said: “The foundation trust is accountable to its local communities for the services they provide and a key piece of this accountability is through the Governors who are elected to represent their collective views.

“It is hugely rewarding to see close up the efforts and commitment of everyone in the Trust pushing to provide the kindest, safest and best possible care for patients.  We all know there are huge challenges for our Trust – from population growth to nurse recruitment – but as a Governor I can play a part in ensuring we get the best that is possible for our community in these tough times.”

The Trust says anyone over 16, and from any walk of life can apply, highlighting that it wants to reflect the communities it serves and has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

For more information about becoming a governor contact the Trust Membership Office on 01223 256256. Completed nomination forms must be returned by noon on Wednesday 28 March 2018