With the problems of the NHS, the Election deadline for the Council of Governors at Sheffield Children’s Hospital concludes at a very important time.
The nominations were announced on 20th April for eight roles on the council, including people from the constituencies of Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster, and will close today.
The new Council of Governors will be announced on 5 July 2017 as the members go into a period of voting.
Judith Green, associate director of corporate affairs at the Hospital, said: “We provide full training and support for all our governors and all we ask in return is some of your spare time and a commitment to improving healthcare services for families who use the Trust.”
All Governors are chosen by members of the Trust once the nominations have closed.
The council is made up of 32 people who represent the views of the public, patients, carers and staff at the Hospital.
Nicola Strafford, the Public Governor for Sheffield South-West since 2015, said: “I wanted to become a governor as I think that access to high-quality healthcare for everyone in the country is really important. I wanted to help support the NHS, especially in these increasingly challenging times when the service is being asked to do more and more with less resource.”
Sheffield Children’s Hospital was founded in 1876 and became a foundation trust in 2006, making it one of only four children’s hospital trusts in the UK.
Ms Strafford, said: “I have had many opportunities to get involved with the Trust’s work since becoming a governor. I recently undertook a visit to the Emergency Department at the Hospital with a fellow governor to offer a fresh pair of eyes and to discuss how it was functioning. Later this week, I will be undertaking a ‘wheelchair challenge’ to see how easy it is to get around the hospital in a wheelchair – a challenge which was put to a fellow governor by someone in their constituency.”
Meetings take place four times a year to discuss issues within the Hospital and business of the Trust.
The Council of Governors make decisions on key matters in the hospital, including reviewing new facilities, providing advice on designs and developments around the hospital and discussing problems of importance.