What is your name?
Are you a public, staff or Partner Governor?
How long have you been a Governor at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?
Since February 27, 2017
What do you do in your role of Governor?
To account for the performance of the Board of Directors, to obtain information on the performance of the Trust, to express a view on the Board of Directors forward plans. As Governors we also have to approve the appointment of the Chief Executive and to appoint and remove Trust Auditors, as well as to receive and approve the Trusts Annual Report/Accounts.
Why did you choose to put yourself up for election?
To get a better insight and understanding to the NHS and how it works. To be a voice for people and making sure the support is being given to those people. Becoming a Governor has provided me with this chance to advocate on behalf of others, to provide people with a voice.
Describe what you do in 100 words or less.
I have worked in the care industry for over 15 years and was elected to the Council of Governors last year as Staff Governor for the Clinical Support constituency. The Council of Governors meets a minimum of four times per year, formally undertaking the role and responsibilities as set out within the Trust.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Finding out the information regarding how the NHS Trust works, visiting different sites gathering information how each site works and how people support patients and carers. Also seeing new ideas from the staff within the NHS.
What three words would you use to describe the NHS?
Forward thinking, change, diversity.
If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?
A banner with pictures of the people who work for the NHS and the patients we have supported from the earliest date to the present date.
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about becoming a Governor at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?
To give it time to settle in, not to panic as support is always available. Keep an open mind.
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