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Friday 19 April 2019
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Stand as a Trust governor in Bolsover, Chesterfield South, High Peak and North East Derbyshire

Derbyshire Healthcare Governors Moira Kerr, John Morrissey, Rosemary Farkas, Gillian Hough

We are calling on people living in four areas of Derbyshire to help strengthen the NHS – by standing in the Trust’s upcoming governor elections and serving as the voice of their community on health-related issues.

We are seeking nominations for our Bolsover, Chesterfield South, High Peak and North East Derbyshire constituencies by 27 September, with elections taking place in October 2017. 

The successful candidates in these key voluntary roles will join the Trust’s Council of Governors. They will be responsible for holding the Trust’s Non-Executive Directors publicly accountable and will help to shape the activities of the Trust, including being involved in decisions on how the Trust will work with other organisations to deliver the recently published Joined Up Care Derbyshire plan. 

The four constituencies

Bolsover's governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of Barlborough, Blackwell, Bolsover North West, Bolsover South, Bolsover West, Clowne Northe, Clowne South, Shirebrook East, Shirebrook Langwith, Shirebrook North West, Shirebrook South East, Shirebrook South West, South Normanton East, South Normanton West, Tibshelf and Whitwell.

Chesterfield South's governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of Brockwell, Hasland, Holmebrook, Linacre, Loundsley Green, Rother, St Leanard’s and Walton West.

High Peak's governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of: Barms, Blackbrook, Buxton, Chapel, Corbar, Hadfield, Hayfield, Hope Valley, Howard Town, Limestone Peak, New Mills, Old Glossop, Padfield, Simmondley, Stone Bench, Temple, Tintwhistle, Whaley Bridge and Whitfield.

North East Derbyshire's governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of: Ashover, Barlow and Holmesfield, Brampton and Walton, Clay Cross, Coa Aston, Dronfield, Dronfield Woodhouse, Eckington, Gosforth Valley,  Grassmoor, Holemewood and Heath, Killamarsh, North Wingfield Central, Pilsley and Morton, Renishaw, Ridgeway and Marsh Lane, Shirland, Sutton, Tupton, Unstone and Wingerworth.

Learn more

If you are interested in standing, a form can be obtained as follows:

Email: michelle.barber@electoralreform.co.uk
Telephone: 020 8889 9203
Text: Text DH followed by your name and address to 88802

Online: www.ersvotes.com/derbyshirehealth2017

For more information about becoming a governor, please contact the Communications & Involvement Office by calling 01332 623723 or emailing dhcft.membership@nhs.net

Why we have governors 

After gaining Foundation Trust status in 2011, Derbyshire Healthcare made a commitment to represent its communities as effectively as possible and promote public awareness of health issues. Having Trust members – represented by elected governors – is a key way for Derbyshire Healthcare to involve local people in the organisation’s work and ensure that it provides the best possible care and treatment for the people it serves.

The organisation’s Council of Governors is made up of 16 members of the public, four staff representatives and seven representatives from partner organisations. Governors are elected by the Foundation Trust’s members and oversee the Trust’s Board, who are responsible for running the NHS services that the Trust is commissioned to provide to the residents of Derby and Derbyshire. 

To be eligible to stand as a governor, you must first be a Trust member - learn more.

"Proactive and effective"

John Morrissey is the Lead Governor for Derbyshire Healthcare and current governor for Amber Valley South. He said: “It’s fair to say that I had very little idea about what was involved when I was first elected, but I have been surprised and pleased at the amount of contact that the role has provided with so many dedicated professional people. I have learned much more than I could have anticipated, both from these contacts and from the opportunities for training within and outside the Trust – a real education. 

"During my time on the Council, the role of governors, individually and as a body, has really developed. We have given ourselves the opportunity to make each governor better informed and the Council as a whole to be proactive, effective and to develop a sense of purpose. This has made being a governor more enjoyable and fulfilling.”

"Very rewarding"

Speaking about the role of governor, Ruth Greaves, Public Governor, says:

"I joined as a governor because I believed that my experience as a carer, supporting a service user, could help inform service improvements. Management have listened to comments from governors, and I have seen great changes.  It is very rewarding to be part of these developments."