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31 March 2014

Become a governor - help decide the future of healthcare services in Bristol and North Somerset

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) is holding governor elections, with successful nominees joining the Council of Governors for a three-year term from June 2014. This year, there are two vacancies for Public Governors to represent our North Somerset members.

Governors play a very important role in the Trust, including responsibility for appointing the Chairman and the Non-executive Directors of the Trust, and contributing to the development of services by reflecting the needs and priorities of people who use them.

To stand for election, you need to be a member of the Trust. You don't need any qualifications, and it's free and simple to join. Governors should have an interest in the NHS, have the time, energy and enthusiasm to represent the views of others and the desire to shape the quality of healthcare in and around Bristol.

Peter Holt, a patient governor, reflecting on his time as a governor, says:  "Giving time to be a patient governor is worthwhile and rewarding. As a past and current patient, I can bring my own experiences to the role."

Training and support is provided to equip governors with the tools to work effectively as part of the Council of Governors, as well as to assist them in furthering the aims and visions of the Trust. Nominations are due to close on Tuesday 8 April 2014 with a ballot to take place in May. For more information about the governor role, membership and the elections, please visit our website: /about-us/membership/elections/

If you are interested and would like further information on how to nominate yourself as a potential governor, please contact: Margaret Eaglestone, Interim Manager, Trust Secretariat, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Trust Headquarters, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NU. Tel: 0117 342 3763, Email:


Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying members on 30 April 2014. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services Ltd by 23 May 2014. The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Margaret Eaglestone at the address above.