Public have opportunity to play an important role at Southend Hospital
13 July 2016
If you live in or around Southend then chances are that you or a loved one has needed to use the services at Southend University Hospital.
Members of the public are now being offered the chance to play an important role in the Trust by standing for election as a Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust governor.
Alan Tobias OBE, Trust Chairman, explained: "Anyone who is a
member of the Foundation Trust can become a public governor -
whether you are a current or former patient, a relative or
supporter of the hospital you are invited to stand in our governor
elections provided you are a member."
There are a total on nine public governor vacancies available,
comprising two from Southend, three from Castle Point, one from
Rochford and three from the rest of Essex. The latter including
patients and carers not resident in Essex.
Alan added: "As representatives of the general public and
service users, governors have a number of important
responsibilities such as the appointment and removal of the Trust
Chairman/Non-Executive Directors and setting their remuneration,
the appointment of the Trust's external auditors, approving the
appointment of the Chief Executive and holding the Non-Executive
Directors to account for the performance of the Board. They also
help map out the strategic development of the Trust and are also
responsible for keeping members of the public informed about the
Les Catley, who is Vice-Chair of Governors and has been a
Governor at Southend for eight years, commented: "It's a real
privilege to be a Governor, through engaging with the public we are
able to bring their issues and concerns back to the council of
governors ensuring their voice is heard.
"There is a lot of dedication and hard work, it is an important
role that ultimately helps us to improve the hospital and shape its
future for its users and for those who work here."
If you are interested in putting yourself forward and playing a
part in the future of your hospital you can find out more by
attending an informative meeting on Thursday 14 July at 4pm or
Thursday 26 July at 4pm in the hospital's Education Centre.
Nominations then have to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 3 August
Anyone wishing to attend either of the meetings on 14 July or 26
July is asked to call 01702 385002 or email Karoline.Singleton@southend.nhs.uk