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Becoming a Governor (Governor)

The Council of Governors

Each NHS Foundation Trust must have a Council of Governors. The Governors represent the interests of the members and any partner organisations in monitoring how services are developed and how the organisation is managed.  To see the profiles of our Governors, click here

Our Council of Governors has the following seats:

How are the public governors selected?

In order to ensure that the interests of the community are broadly reflected, there are governors to be elected from each of the current constituencies:

Governors are elected by the membership of their constituency (eg Broadland members elect Broadland Governors). Our first election was held between January and April 2008 in line with national guidelines and we run annual elections to fill any vacancies on our Council of Governors.

How are staff governors selected?

We want a broad representation across all staff groups and therefore the staff membership elect staff Governors in the following categories:

How are other governors be selected?

A number of local organisations appoint a Governor to represent their interests on our Council of Governors.  They are the University of East Anglia, NHS Norfolk, Norfolk County Council, plus the district councils which nominate one governor to represent them.

What do Governors do?

Elected governors serve a term of three years, after which they can be re-elected. Newly elected governors are provided with induction training which will provide them with the skills and information they require to fulfil their role.

The Council of Governors will meet at least four times a year; the Trust will provide support to meetings. Governors will not receive payment for their role; they will however be entitled to claim relevant expenses i.e. travel expenses.

Governors can also get involved in hospital working groups such as those looking at nutrition, patient dignity, preventing falls and infection control.  The Governors also help in recruiting new members at hospital events, such as the open day, and community events and fetes. 

Interested in becoming a Governor?

Before an election takes place all members are advised through the Pulse magazine which is sent to members bi-monthly. In order to stand as a governor in the election members are required to complete a nomination form. All prospective governors are expected to:

Where a seat is contested then voting will be by secret ballot, using the “single transferable vote’ method where preferred candidates are ranked in order.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact our Membership Manager.   

Janice Bradfield
Membership Manager
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Colney Lane

Tel: 01603 287634 

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