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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.

Jenny James

Message from Jenny James, Public Governor, July 2018

Hello, my name is Jenny James. I was very proud to be elected as governor representing the public last year, and am enjoying playing my part in maintaining the outstanding standards of care which UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has achieved.

The NHS is celebrating 70 years! I am embarrassed to say I have worked for a big chunk of that time but know how all involved take pride in all that has been achieved in those years. I qualified as a nurse in the 60s - wearing a starched cap and apron (how different it is now!) - and I worked principally for UH Bristol. Things have progressed and changed unbelievably but we allcare- from the chief executive, chairman, governors, and all staff "on the shop floor".

 As a governor I hopefully am able to use my experience as retired nurse, patient, visitor and also as a volunteer. On retirement I missed being part of a team. I felt I still had a lot to contribute so became a volunteer at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre's Information and Support Centre, supporting patients and their carers. This led to me wanting to "do a bit more" and became a governor.

 If anyone reading my story of how I came to write this, think they can help to contribute to maintaining the compassionate and high quality of care we all strive for (in any way) please feel free to get in touch and talk to us. Thank you all for your continued interest.

You can download a copy of the July membership e-newsletter here