South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is keen to raise awareness of the role and importance of its governors who give their time voluntarily to help to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that the Trust provides in the South Central region.
Governors are unpaid volunteers and are expected to attend the majority of Council of Governors meetings. These are held four times a year in the evening. Governors are also expected to attend training, sub-committee meetings, patient forums, community engagement events, as well as the annual members’ meeting held each September.
Bob Duggan. Buckinghamshire and Lead Governor for the Trust said: ‘As a Public Governor for SCAS Foundation Trust our role is to represent the view of the membership and act as a conduit to the Board of Directors of the Trust. The role is entirely a voluntary one and at the stage of my career and my life it’s an extremely efficient way to keep in touch with what’s going on, to ensure that the voice of the patient is represented at Board level and to give something back to the NHS. As lead Governor, I still have a responsible role and one where I can pass on my experience and expertise to others in the field of Patient involvement’.
Governors are elected by members of the constituency of which they are a member and which they represent.
SCAS is currently seeking to appoint new public governors and would therefore like to invite anyone interested to consider standing for election to the Council of Governors which will be held this autumn.
The Trust provides traditional 999 emergency services, as well as non-emergency patient transport services, NHS 111 services and logistics, commercial and training services across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire to a population of over 4 million people.
Anyone interested in standing for election or becoming a member of the Trust should contact the Membership Office for more information on 01869 365126 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org