Unique Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust looking for new Governors

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – the first of its type in the country – is on the lookout for new Governors to help play a part in shaping the future of the unique organisation.

Nominations for the important roles open today (Thursday 27 July) with candidates required to represent Birmingham/Solihull and two others from the wider West Midlands region.

Anyone over the age of 16 who has a vested interest in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital can put themselves forward until midday on Friday 11 August – with voting taking place in September.

The Trust, which officially launched in February 2017, is also recruiting one Patient Governor. This role is available to someone who is either a current or former patient from the last five years at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Successful candidates will play a hugely important role by having a say in key decisions, representing the views of the public and holding the Non-Executive Directors to account.

The Council of Governors meets formally four times per year when the performance, finances and future plans for the Trust are discussed. All members are also invited to attend two meetings every year with the Board of Directors and various Committee meetings throughout the year.

Liz Walker, who has been a Carer Governor for nearly four years. She said:

“Being a Governor is a fun and interesting. There’s always something to be involved in – from meetings to ward walkabouts, to trying new hospital menus. I became a Governor because I wanted to act as a link between parents and the Board of Directors – almost as an ambassador for parents. It’s been very rewarding.”

For more information on what the role of a Governor involves and what support is offered please visit www.bwc.nhs.uk/governors.

Alternatively please email bwc.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net or call 0121 333 8433. Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk.

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