Nominate yourself now in Trust’s Council of Governors elections

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is holding elections to its Counc il of Governors.

The Trust is applying for foundation trust status and the Council of Governors will be central to the governing of the Trust once it is authorised.

The governors are the Trust’s link between its patients, local population, st aff and stakeholders and will run in shadow format until authorisation.

Sir Ron Watson CBE, Chairman of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Membership is a great opportunity to become involved with your local Trust. Our governors will act as our main link between our members and the Trust as we move forwards towards authorisation as a foundation trust.”

The Council of Governors will have a range of responsibilities including ap pointing the chair and non-executive directors, receiving the annual report and annual accounts and having a say on the Trust’s future plans. The coun cil is chaired by the chair of the Trust and is supported in carrying out its duties by the company secretary.

Governors must be over 18 and can only stand for election in the constituency in which they live. Eleven governors will be elected from the public membership (the number of governors per constituency is dependent on the size  of the population):

*     Southport

*     Formby and Maghull

*     Ormskirk and Western Parishes

*     Skelmersdale and Southern Parishes

*     Northern Parishes

*     Rest of England and Wales

To nominate yourself as a governor you must first become a member.

If you haven’t yet signed up as a member of the Trust visit www.southporta<> or phone 01704 70 4714 for an application form.

Governor nomination packs can then be requested from Electoral Reform Services by telephoning 020 8889 9203 or e-mailing caroline.hinchcliffe@electora<>

Nomination packs can also be requested by writing to: Caroline Hinchcliffe, Foundation Trust Sector Manager, Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

Nominations must be received by 1st April 2013, voting will take place from  23rd April and results will be announced on 17th May 2013.

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