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Sheffield Children’s begins search for new governors

Dawn Blake
14 May 2021

Sheffield Children’s has opened nominations for new governors to represent staff and public members. Those elected will influence how the Trust makes plans to improve and develop services.

Members of the public, aged 16 and above, from Sheffield can nominate themselves to become a public governor. Members of staff from Non-clinical roles and Nursing & Midwifery roles can nominate themselves to become a staff governor.

Being a governor is an essential role at Sheffield Children’s and has many features including representing the interests of the Trust’s staff, members and the public and holding non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.

Nominations can be made at www.cesvotes.com/sch2021. The page also contains further information for prospective governors.    

To nominate, you need to be a member of the Trust – which can be done online here for free. You don’t need any formal qualifications – just enthusiasm and a desire to help improve patient care. Some governors have previous experience of working with local communities while others bring skills that they gain through paid or voluntary work.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, governors are meeting in new ways, and have new opportunities to contribute to important changes at Sheffield Children’s. Due to social distancing, many meetings are being held virtually, allowing governors to play their part from home. As the NHS learns more lessons as a result of the pandemic, services will be reshaped for the better to meet children’s needs in new and innovative ways. Governors have a vital role in steering this process.

The Trust is particularly keen to increase the diversity of the Council of Governors to better mirror the users of its services and welcomes nominations from people of any background.

The Trust will provide all necessary training, advice and support for those elected as governors. Governors who are elected will be in post for a period of three years and will be eligible to stand for re-election at the end of that period.

Anyone interested in being a governor should contact the Corporate Affairs Team on 0114 2717593 or email matthew.kane1@nhs.net.

Nominations can be completed from Friday 14 May and close 5pm Friday 14 June 2021.

If you have any questions about submitting your nomination form please contact 020 8889 9203 or ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com 

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