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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 representing the views of members.  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.

Mary Whittington









Message from Mary Whittington, Public Governor, April 2019

"Hello, my name is Mary Whittington, and I am a public governor. I was particularly keen to attend the Health Matters event 'Living with Dementia' on Thursday 11 April and was pleased to give the welcome and introduction as, in addition to being a UH Bristol Governor, I'm also a Trustee of BRACE, the Bristol based charity that funds research into the causes and potential cures for dementia.

Before the presentation by Rachel Price, Lead Dementia Practitioner, we were able to browse information about the Trust's partners, the Dementia Action Alliance and the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service, as well as dementia-friendly activities from our hospitals.  A delightful performance by the Above and Beyond Choir reminded us of the powerful effect that music has on memory.

Rachel explained how the care provided to patients with dementia has developed over the 10 years since the introduction of the National Dementia Strategy and how she and her team work throughout the hospitals, supporting and advising clinical and non-clinical staff. The lively workshop that followed, facilitated by Tony Watkin, Patient and Public Involvement Lead, generated some helpful suggestions of how the 'All About Me' booklet and other support for dementia patients and their families could be improved.

Health Matters events are held near-monthly on a variety of health topics and service developments. They are open to the public and all are welcome to come along and find out more about our services."