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Governor role

The role of the Council of Governors

Because we are a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors.  Governors play a key role at University Hospitals Bristol in helping to guide the development of services, holding the Non-executive Directors to account, and acting as guardians for the Trust's values and standards.  Most governors are elected from the Foundation Trust membership. These elected governors reflect the interests of the community and represent their members when key decisions are taken at the Trust. There are 27 elected public, patient and staff governors on the UH Bristol Council of Governors. There are also eight Appointed Governors, who sit on the Council of Governors to represent the interest of stakeholder organisations.

.Malcolm Watson

Message from Malcolm Watson, Public Governor, South Glos and lead governor, Nov 2017:

"Over the last few months, one of the key areas of focus for the Council of Governors has been how our Trust Board is working with their counterparts at Weston Area Health Trust, and we are aware that any plans for the future of Weston will largely depend on the outcome of local commissioners' 'Healthy Weston' proposals.

"In our role of representing the interests of patients, carers, and members of the public, we keep an eye on trends in the experience of patients at the Trust's hospitals. In November 2017 governors received and discussed the results of the 2016 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which showed that patient experiences of cancer care at UH Bristol hospitals had improved over the past year. In September, governors received and discussed the results of the Care Quality Commission's National Inpatient Survey 2016, and were pleased to note that UH Bristol was one of only two non-specialist Trusts in the country that had gained a place in the top 10.

"We also keep an eye on the financial position of the Trust and are aware of the financial challenges facing the Trust and are supportive of the Board's attempts to tackle these, in particular their strategic focus on trialling new recruitment methods and reducing the amount we spend on agency nurses.

"Over the autumn governors have also been involved in appointing three new non-executive positions, all of whom have now taken up post, and a new Chair - Jeff Farrar - who will be starting on 1 December. I wanted to take this opportunity on behalf of the Council of Governors to thank the outgoing chairman, John Savage, for all his support and guidance, his hard work, commitment, experience and knowledge."