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Governors Elections

Your local NHS Ambulance Service needs your help for our next elections in 2020!

Nominations to stand for election to the Council of Governors are open!

Elections are to be held for the following positions:

8 PUBLIC GOVERNORS IN THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUENCIES

Constituency Vacancies Term length
Berkshire 1 3 years
Buckinghamshire 2 3 years
Hampshire 3 3 years
Oxfordshire 2 3 years

6 STAFF GOVERNORS IN THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUENCIES

Constituency Vacancies Term length
999 Operations – North 1 3 years
999 Operations – South 1 3 years
999 Emergency Operations Centre 1 3 years
NHS 111 1 3 years
Patient Transport Services and Logistics (contact centre and field staff) 1 3 years
Corporate/support/other 1 3 years

A nomination form to stand for election to these positions is available from Monday 21 September 2020 and can be obtained from the Returning Officer in the following ways:

Online:           www.cesvotes.com/scas2020
Telephone:     0208 889 9203
Email:            ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com
Post:              Civica Election Services
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
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 Sunday 11 October 2020.

Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the Returning Officer by 5pm on Friday 16 October 2020.

For all contested constituencies voting will open on Monday 2 November 2020. Voting will close at 5pm on 23 November 2020.

The Returning Officer for these elections is Ciara Hutchinson, Civica Election Services (address as above).

What does a Governor do?

Governors play an important role in helping to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that the Trust provides in the South Central region.

The role of Governor is entirely voluntary but also demanding and rewarding; they have specific statutory duties to fulfil and the opportunity to be the crucial link between our communities and the Trust.

They are expected to attend the majority of Council of Governors meetings (held four times a year in the evening). Governors are also expected to attend training, sub-committee meetings, community engagement forums and events, as well as the annual members’ meeting held each September.

You can find out more about in this presentation which was shared with aspiring Governors at workshops this summer.

Are you interested?

Please contact Company.Secretary@scas.nhs.uk if you would like more information.

IMPORTANT – If you would like to become a governor, you must be 16 or over and become a member first. Find out more about the role below.

You can also listen to an interview on ‘Unity 101 Community Radio’ with SCAS Chair Lena Samuels on becoming a Governor here https://www.podcasts.canstream.co.uk/unity101/index.php?id=23203

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.