Could you be a Governor at the RD&E and help shape your health service?

30 Jun 2021

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is looking for people who are keen to stand as candidates for election as one of the Trust’s Public Governors.

RD&E Governors play a vitally important role providing a direct connection between the Trust, the community it serves and its partners.  Existing RD&E Governors have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds but what they share is a real passion for helping to shape local health services in a way that best meets the needs of patients and the public.

The RD&E is looking for people who are interested in standing for election as a Governor to one of eight Public Governor posts, across our three public Constituency areas.  Terms of office of two and three years are available.  

Governors are elected on their merits by the 20,000-strong membership of the Trust – made up of the public and RD&E staff. Governor elections take place during July and August 2021 and successful candidates will take up their role during September. The elections process involves interested prospective candidates setting out in writing why their experience and background would make them an effective governor. The elections are carried out on a non-party political basis.

As a group, the role of Governors is to:

  • represent the interests and views of local people and feed these back to the Board
  • hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Trust’s Board
  • approve the appointment of Non-Executive Directors and the Chair
  • reflect information about the Trust back to the communities it serves

James Brent, RD&E Chairman, said: “Governors play a hugely important role at the RD&E, and across the NHS. The past year has been unlike any other, and there remain considerable challenges ahead. Our Governors will continue to play a pivotal part in ensuring the voices of the communities we serve are truly represented, as we continue to restore and transform services following the pandemic, and, subject to all necessary approvals including that of the Council of Governors, to complete the joining together of the RD&E with its partner Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

“We are looking for people from all kinds of backgrounds to consider putting themselves forward to take part in the 2021 RD&E Governor elections. If you think you have something to offer, please, we want to hear from you!”

Peta Foxall, Lead Governor, said, “Being a Governor at the RD&E is very rewarding and is well supported by RD&E staff. It is an enjoyable voluntary role that enables the Governors to work together to ensure that the voice of the patient and the community is properly represented right at the heart of the RD&E. Standing for election is important because that gives you a mandate to speak on behalf of the people you represent.”

She added, “We are really proud of the fact that, as a group of Governors, we have had significant influence in improving services delivered by the RD&E over time.”

Governor roles at the RD&E are non-paid, voluntary positions (although expenses are paid). The RD&E will be holding two “meet a governor” sessions on 14 and 15 July for those who are interested in serving their NHS and making a difference.

If you would like more information about being a Governor, or to request a nomination pack, contact the Engagement Team

Visit our Trust website www.rdehospital.nhs.uk

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