If you’ve got an interest in the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and keen to get involved in making a difference, have you considered becoming a Public Governor?

Our Public Governors are elected by the Trust’s membership and hold the Board to account, getting involved in hospital life by conducting ward visits, attending various committees and even being placed on capital project boards. It’s a fulfilling position and you can put yourself forward with two seats available for the Bolsover area, four in Chesterfield, two for North East Derbyshire and one in Southern Derbyshire and West Nottinghamshire.

We are looking for members of the Trust to put themselves forward for nomination as a public governor for each of these nine seats, a wonderful opportunity for anybody wishing to influence the future of this Trust and represent the views of the membership within their constituency.

Public governors give a voice to the communities from which they were elected, through being represented at board level. Their influence has strengthened since the first public governors were elected in 2005 and now regularly have places on major project boards, including the recent NGS Macmillan Unit and redevelopment of the Emergency Department. They also attend regular ward visits, reporting their findings back to senior nursing staff who take action on their findings and have permanent places on other Trust bodies and committees.

The election process has already begun with nomination packs posted online, click here to visit our Council of Governors election page where you will find details of the nomination forms, notice of election and a Q&A form about becoming a public governor. Nominations need to be in by 5pm on October 24th with voting starting on 12th November; the results will be announced on 4th December.

Our Council of Governors come from a range of backgrounds, some with practical NHS experience and some without, representing their own communities. They help to bring a fresh perspective to life at the Royal in a practical and involved way for the benefit of the Trust’s patients and visitors.

Nicola Smith is the governor and membership officer, she said: “We had a tremendous response to our election campaign last year and we would welcome anybody interested in becoming a governor to find out more and put themselves forward as a nominee. We have a number of drop-in sessions that take place on the first Thursday of every month if you would like to speak to a governor directly and find out what’s involved.”

If you could like to become a member or find out more about the role of the Public Governor then you can call Nicola on 01246 513217.