Time running out in governor elections

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HOSPITAL bosses are calling on people from all across the city to come forward and support the work of the health trust in charge of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Six governor posts on Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Council of Governors are currently vacant, with an election set to take place over the forthcoming month.

The posts cover the areas of Hillsborough and the Upper Don; Mosborough and Handsworth; North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire, and Barnsley.

In each location there are two patient or carer seats availble for patients or their guardians.

Candidates must be patients or carers, or live in the area they hope to be elected to oversee, be aged over 16 years old, and actively want to volunteer.

Simon Morritt, chief executive at the trust, said: “Our governors are extremely important in the workings of our hospital and trust.

“They help us to keep in touch with the public, and help to shape the future of our services - which in these economic times is vital.”

Governors are required to give their time at occasional events, attend meetings, and help with issues such as recruitment, remuneration and hospital communications.

The election until September when members in each constituency will be asked to vote for their governor.

All election candidates must be trust members.

Visit www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/ or email ftoffice@sch.nhs.uk to sign up free.

Anyone interested in becoming a governor should email the same address or call 01142 260 678 or 0773 052 7271 before this Wednesday, August 17.

To find out more about the role, call lead governor Richard Newton on 07717 437 221.