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03 April 2013

Events

Most people living in south-east Essex are likely to need the services of Southend University Hospital at some time in their lives. Now they are being offered the chance of having a greater say in how those services are developed by standing for election as a Foundation Trust governor.

A total of 10 vacancies will be contested in May and anyone interested in putting themselves forward can find out more by attending an informative meeting this month. It will be held at 5.30pm in the boardroom in the hospital's education centre (at the rear of the hospital site) on Thursday, April 11. Nominations then have to be submitted by Friday, April 19 to the Returning Officer.

As representatives of the general public and service users, governors have a number of important roles to play and some statutory duties to perform. These include appointment and removal of the Trust chairman/non-executive directors and setting their remuneration, appointment of external auditors, approving the appointment of the chief executive, and holding the board to account for the performance of the Trust. They help map out the strategic development of the Trust and are also responsible for keeping members of the public informed about the hospital's work and performance. To ensure this, they are expected to hold regular committee and council meetings. A training programme has been developed to ensure that governors are fully equipped to carry out their important role.

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting on April 11 is asked to call 01702 385681 or email governor.elections@southend.nhs.uk