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Autumn 2017 Governors Election

 

Nominations for SCAS Council of Governors close 5pm on Monday 23 October 2017.

Want to be more involved in your local ambulance trust? Then please read on.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving public health, increasing the public’s understanding and awareness of the ambulance service, and want a challenging role that can make a difference, then becoming a SCAS governor may be for you.

Background

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (or SCAS for short) is part of the National Health Service (NHS). We were established on the 1 July 2006 following the merger of four ambulance trusts. On 1 March 2012, we became a foundation trust.

We serve the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire and we also provide the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) in Surrey and Sussex.

The Council of Governors works alongside the Board of Directors in setting the strategic direction of the Trust and collectively holds a number of statutory powers.

Governors give our members a voice on the performance and future of the ambulance service. They serve voluntarily for a term of three years (and can be re-elected beyond this). SCAS provides support and training for all its governors.

Elections are being held in the following constituencies:

SCAS Constituencies Category Vacancies Elected by SCAS Foundation Trust members of
Buckinghamshire Public 3 Buckinghamshire
Oxfordshire Public 2 Oxfordshire
Berkshire Public 1 Berkshire
Hampshire Public 3 Hampshire
999 Operations – North Staff 1 999 Operations – North
999 Operations – South Staff 1 999 Operations – South
Contact centres including NHS 111, EOC and NEPTS Staff 1 Contact centres including NHS 111, EOC and NEPTS
Corporate/support/other Staff 1 Corporate/support/other
NEPTS and Logistics Field Staff 1 NEPTS and Logistics Field

Nominations

A nomination form to stand for election to these positions can be obtained from the Returning Officer in the following ways:

  • Tel: 020 8889 9203
  • Email: ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk
  • Text: Text 2FT SC and your name and address to 88802
  • Post: Electoral Reform Services Ltd, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

All nominations should be received by the Returning Officer, Michelle Barber, at the address above by 17.00 on Monday 23 October 2017.

Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the Returning Officer by 17.00 on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Voting in the Election

Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying members on Tuesday 14 November 2017. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by 17.00 on Tuesday 5 December 2017.

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

The Independent Scrutineer for these elections is Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

The Returning Officer for these elections is Michelle Barber of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

2017 Election Timetable

Activity Date
Notice of election/nominations open 02 October 2017
Deadline for receipt of nominations 23 October 2017
Summary of valid nominations published 24 October 2017
Final date for candidate withdrawal 31 October 2017
Notice of poll published 14 November 2017
Voting packs dispatched 15 November 2017
Close of election 5 December 2017
Declaration of results 6 December 2017
Results announced on SCAS website 7 December 2017

SCAS does not choose its public or staff governors – they are elected by our members. Governors represent the voice of the people in their constituencies, protect and promote their interests, and will receive information about the Trust’s plans to ensure they are always in the best interests of patients.

In general, we are looking for an active, engaged and challenging Council of Governors; one that ensures members’ interests and the interests of patients and the wider public are taken into account in the development of services. You must be a member in order to stand for election as a Governor – if you are interested or know someone who is interested in standing for election but isn’t yet a member, apply now.

Already a member? Then please email getinvolved@scas.nhs.uk. Alternatively, ring 01869 365126

Not for you?

You can still make a difference and have your say by voting when the ballot opens on 14 November 2017.

Please note: you need to be a member to stand for or vote at our election. Apply now – it only takes a few minutes.

 


 

What are foundation trusts?
Foundation trusts are part of the NHS but are governed locally instead of centrally. They give local people a bigger say in health services in their area and how money is spent on health.

A foundation trust has members including local people, service users, carers and staff.

Members choose governors to represent them on the Council of Governors.

When governor seats become vacant or governors are coming to the end of their term of office we hold an election, and any member in a constituency where we are holding an election can put themselves forward as a candidate.

Members in that constituency can then vote for a candidate to represent them on the Council of Governors.

What do governors do?
There are a number of specific duties that governors must do, but in summary governors must:
•Hold the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board
•Represent the views of members and the public
•Tell members what the Trust is doing

Governors must make sure the Board of Directors is doing its job properly by looking at how the Trust is performing against service user targets and standards.

Governors need to meet and communicate with members and the public and regularly feedback information about the Trust.

Governors also help promote membership and encourage local people to join as members.

Do governors need special skills or qualities?
All types of people can become governors, with the exception of anyone disqualified for a number of reasons including bankruptcy or recent criminal convictions. No special qualifications are required but you must:
•Be over the age of 16
•Have an interest in the health services and organisations
•Be willing to act in the best interests of the Trust and abide by the values of the Trust and the Nolan principles of public life
•Have good interpersonal and communication skills (as you will need to talk to others)

However, governors are elected by the members, so it is up to them who is ultimately chosen as their governor representative.

Enthusiasm, commitment, an interest in health and team work are important qualities.

Governors have to be able to challenge the non-executive directors to ensure they are doing their job properly so it could be useful to have some skills you may have developed at work or as a volunteer or in your personal life, such as reading reports and working with others.

How much time will it take?
Many of our governors will tell you how much they enjoy the role and that the time commitment should not be underestimated.

As well as coming to four formal Council meetings each year there are other things that you will need to get involved in, such as attending Council sub-committee meetings and engagement events.

You will need to undertake some training to help you carry out your role; some of this will be compulsory.

Governors are also expected to reach out into the local communities to encourage wide and representative membership; this may involve using your own networks or attending Trust organised membership and engagement events.

What if I just want to vote for someone?
Then that is OK. We hope as many members as possible want to vote and choose who is going to represent them, even if they don’t want to stand for election themselves.

All members will automatically receive a voting pack either by post or via email.

The results will be published on our website and there will be more information in our membership e-newsletter Foundation Times later in the year.