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Autumn 2017 Governors Election

Love your NHS? Become a Governor of your local ambulance trust

Residents of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire have the chance to influence the way local health services are run by becoming a Governor for South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

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 voluntary role that can make a difference, then becoming a SCAS Governor may be for you.

You do not need to have a background in health services, just an interest in your local ambulance service. We hold elections in our public and staff constituencies.

The following constituencies will be holding elections this autumn:
SCAS Constituencies Category Vacancies Elected by SCAS Foundation 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 NHS111, EOC and NEPTS Staff 1 Contact centres including NHS111, EOC and NEPTS
Corporate/support/other Staff 1 Corporate/support/other
NEPTS and Logistics Field Staff 1 NEPTS and Logistics Field

 

2017 Election Timetable

Activity Date
Additional Aspiring Staff and Public Governors Workshop – 4:00pm – 5:30pm at Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, RG14 2DR. To book a place please email: company.secretary@scas.nhs.uk 26 September 2017
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


 

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.