Introducing Your Staff Governors

Staff Governors

Introducing your governors - the staff working on your behalf.

The staff governors you elected are working with Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of all staff.

They represent staff interests. You can help them carry out their role effectively by giving them your views. Tell them how you think services could be improved. Pass on the ideas and suggestions you feel would enhance patient care or the working lives of staff. Let them know what you think your hospital should offer.

What staff governors do?

The role of the staff governors includes:

  • Representing the interests and views of all staff throughout the organisation
  • Giving you information about the hospital, its vision and its performance
  • Selecting and appointing non-executive directors and the chairman of the corporation
  • Approving the appointment of the chief executive
  • Attending meetings of the Council of Governors
  • Monitoring performance against the Trust’s Service Development Strategy and other targets
  • Using their influence through the Council of Governors to advise the hospital’s Board of Directors
  • Approving the remuneration of the chairman and non-executive directors

What they can’t do...

  • Your staff governors are not there to deal with any personal issues you may be involved with, for example, disciplinary
    procedures or changes to your contract. They are not in a position to take on situations normally dealt with through personnel, staff-side organisations or trade unions.

Who are my governors?

There are four staff governors, representing separate ‘classes’ of the staff constituencies in the Trust:

Paul Whitehouse - Allied health professionals, pharmacists & scientists class

paul-whitehouse.jpgPaul is a Specialist Biomedical Scientist who has 25 years service at the royal. He has worked for 10 years in both Histology/Cytology and Biochemistry departments and currently works in Haematology/Blood Transfusion.

The Allied Health Professional, Pharmacists and Scientists class is very diverse, including many staff groups which are spread throughout the Trust. Paul feels that every staff member should have a voice in the development and decision making process of the Trust to benefit both staff and patients.

Paul believes that working together, staff, governors and directors can continue to provide the high standard of care our patients deserve.

Paul intends to meet with representatives of as many groups as possible and is available should anyone wish to discuss any issues.

Emma Bradley - All other staff class

emma-bradley.jpgEmma is a Decontamination Unit Assistant who has been with us for three years, in what she hopes to be the start of a long and fulfilling career.

During these early years Emma has been enthusiastic about giving back to the NHS – as a lifelong patient it is her way of saying ‘Thank you’- taking on additional opportunities alongside her main role is one way of doing this. She started by volunteering to create and show a presentation about the Decontamination Unit, this was seen by heads of the CSSD Division. Emma is also the Speak out Champion for her department.

Emma sees the role of staff governor as being a way to show that The Royal is proud to care about its workers. She wants to fully represent the varied range of professions within ‘All other staff’, that are all integral to the daily running of The Royal during these challenging times. Emma wants to ensure you feel involved and appreciated by listening to opinions, guiding in the direction of answers and raising issues with appropriate areas. If you see her around the hospital please say hello.

Janice Smith - Nursing and midwifery class

Janice Smith 2017.jpgJanice is a Registered General Nurse who has worked at the Royal for over 20 years in a number of nursing roles. Her current position is Matron Transfusion Specialist, based in Pathology. This post requires Janice to work with staff across all directorates and specialities, making her visible and accessible to staff.

Janice feels strongly that the views and opinions of Nurses and Midwives should be clearly heard and fairly represented. She hopes to encourage her colleagues to be more actively involved in shaping future developments and decisions affecting patient care. Janice is keen for Nurses and Midwives to feel valued and empowered to enable them to deliver the best care for their patients.

Janice believes that education and ongoing staff development are paramount to maintaining the gold standard care that our patients deserve.

Dr Mark Luscombe - Medical and dental class

Mark-Luscombe-2017.jpgMark is a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia who has recently joined the trust. Prior to this he spent 9 years as a Consultant at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, but having lived in the Derbyshire Dales for 20 years, is pleased to be a part of his local hospital. He trained both in Sheffield and New Zealand and has experience of developing world health systems through voluntary work.

Critical Care (Intensive Care and High Dependency Care) and Anaesthesia requires liaison across the majority of hospital departments; in turn discovering colleagues’ viewpoints and gaining impressions about staff satisfaction throughout the trust. Mark believes that by putting the wellbeing of our staff first, those that will benefit the most will be our patients. 

With the ongoing NHS funding cuts, it is vital that staff and patient’s opinions are represented when strategic decisions are made, and it is the staff governors who are well placed to ensure these opinions are heard. He is happy to be contacted by any staff member who has opinions or issues that they feel need representation.

Dr Ruth Bentley - Community and Primary Care

Ruth_Bentley.jpgShe has worked at the trust in different capacities since 2009 after having completed her GP training and medical student placements here. Having worked as a school doctor and a medical advisor for fostering and adoption with the looked after children team, Ruth continues elements of that work alongside her role as a Named GP for Safeguarding Children covering various areas of the County and her GP role at RPC.

Ruth believes that even if you don’t work on site, you should still have a voice and been kept abreast of developments.  It is also important for the trust to remember that staff work off site and may not be able to access support or some elements of staff wellbeing as they are not on site.  They may also have site specific issues. 

Please do contact her if there are issues to discuss that she can help with.


How do I contact them?

You can write to your staff governor:

The Governors c/o Communications Department 
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
S44 5BL


Make sure you state which governor you wish to receive your information (the governor that represents the class of the staff constituency you work in).

Could I become a staff governor?

Yes. Staff governors have a three-year term and all staff members receive an election nomination pack when a seat falls vacant in their class of the staff constiuency. 

You must be a staff member of the foundation trust to qualify for nomination. If you have previously opted out of membership, but would like to re-register contact Chief Executive Office on ext 3217. 

Click here for Current Staff Elections

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