Would you like to make a difference by becoming a governor?

Bradford Teaching Hospitals is seeking public and patient governors to sit on the Foundation Trust’s Council.

This is an exciting opportunity to represent the interests of our service users, our local communities and our Foundation Trust members.

We are seeking to fill five seats from people who live in our public constituencies of

  • Bradford West (1 seat)
  • Bradford South (1 seat)
  • Keighley (1 seat)
  • Shipley (1 seat)
  • Rest of England and Wales (1 seat)

The Rest of England and Wales constituency is for people who live outside of the Bradford District area who have not received treatment from our Trust but have a keen interest in what we do.

We are also seeking to fill two seats for our patient constituency which covers people who have received treatment from our Trust or, carers of such patients, and who live outside of the Bradford district.

As a governor you will be able to:

  • ensure there is robust challenge about the strategic direction of the Trust, our vision and how we are performing
  • share with the Board and Council of Governors the views of the local people you represent: actively seeking out what they think about the services provided by Bradford Teaching Hospitals
  • take part in meetings of the Council of Governors, its committees, governor training days and Joint Council of Governors/Board of Directors sessions to represent the interests of Foundation Trust members and the public as you carry out the statutory duties of a governor.

Associate Director of Corporate Governance/Board Secretary, Laura Parsons, said:

The Council of Governors has an important role in making our Foundation Trust publicly accountable for the services it provides.

It is important that people stand as governors so that we have the voices of our local communities influencing the important decisions that we make.

We actively encourage people to take part in aspects of hospital life and this is one more way that people can get involved.

The Council is made up of staff, appointed governors from partner organisations and 13 elected members from our public and patient constituencies. Candidates must be a Foundation Trust member, aged 16 or over and live in the area they want to represent.

To find out more about the role, email: membership@bthft.nhs.uk

You can also contact Jacqui Maurice, Head of Corporate Governance, for an informal chat on: 01274 382685 or email: corporate.governance@bthft.nhs.uk

The election process is being run by Civica Election Services. More information and nomination forms are available online at: www.cesvotes.com/BradfordTeaching22

or via telephone to: 0208 889 9203

or by email: ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com

or by text: Text 2FT BT and your name and address to 88802

or by post: Civica Election Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Rd, London N8 0NW

All nominations should be received by the Returning Officer, Ciara Hutchinson, at the address or website as detailed above, by 5pm on Monday, 17 October.

Voting papers will be distributed to members, within the relevant constituencies, on Tuesday, 8 November. The deadline for return of completed voting papers is Thursday, 1 December.