Please view our cookie policy that explains what cookies are and how they are used on our website. This also provides you with a guide on how to disable cookies, but please be aware that parts of the site will not function correctly if you disable them.

By closing this message, you consent to our use of cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

News...

Home > News > Have your say on healthcare and become a shadow public governor at North Cumbria's hospitals

Have your say on healthcare and become a shadow public governor at North Cumbria's hospitals

Posted on Monday 12th May 2014
membership

People across north Cumbria are being urged to have a greater say on shaping the future of their local healthcare services by becoming a shadow public governor of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

As part of the forthcoming acquisition by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – a Shadow Council of Governors has been elected to represent the views of local people, as well as staff, in North Cumbria. 

North Cumbria currently has 20 shadow public governors, elected by local people who have signed up to become members of the Trust. Elections are now being held to appoint a further four shadow public governors to cover Allerdale (one vacancy), Copeland (two vacancies) and Carlisle (one vacancy), as well as two further shadow staff governors at West Cumberland Hospital.

Every NHS Foundation Trust has a Council of Governors which gives its views to help develop priorities and influences any proposals for change. North Cumbria’s Shadow Council of Governors will be fully constituted when the acquisition with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust completes and will help give local communities a voice in how services are developed and run in the future and ultimately help hold the Trust Board to account.

North Cumbria is also encouraging all patients, families, carers and members of the public to join the 3000 local people who have already signed up to become a ‘member’ of the Trust in order to keep informed about the work of North Cumbria’s hospitals.

Gina Tiller, chair of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:   “This is a very exciting time for North Cumbria’s hospitals as we continue to work towards the acquisition with Northumbria Healthcare and improve the safety and quality of care for our patients.

“I would encourage all local people to join the Trust as a member and also to consider putting themselves forward for our remaining shadow governor vacancies.

“Our Shadow Council of Governors forms a key part of the acquisition process with Northumbria Healthcare and will ultimately mean we are much more accountable to the communities we serve.”

People must be a member of the Trust before they can put themselves forward as a candidate to become shadow public governor. Becoming a member is straightforward, open to everybody and can be done by completing an online application form at www.ncuh.nhs.uk/about-us/acquisition/membership.aspx , calling 0191 203 1296 or completing a membership form and posting in one of the boxes which can be found in our hospitals.

Nomination forms to become a shadow public governor of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are available from the Electoral Reform Service by calling 0208 889 9203, emailing john.box@electoralreform.co.uk or texting 2FT NH and your name and address to 88802. All completed governor nominations must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 27 May.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or having out more about the important role they could play as a shadow public governor can get in touch with the foundation team for an informal chat on 0191 203 1296.