What is a governor?
Governors make a difference
What is a Governor?
Governors are generally people who have an interest in healthcare and care about improving their local health services for the good of the whole community.
Governors play an essential role of our Trust, providing a bridge between our membership, our community and our Board. There are statutory duties that our governors perform however, most importantly they listen and represent their communities. They help us to learn, develop and continue to grow as a Trust.
You must be 16 years old, or over, to stand as a Governor.
What does the role involve
Governors are an important part of NHFT
What does the role involve?
To be a successful Governor you would need to
- Commit to attending six formal meetings a year and several other workshops (usually virtually)
- Prepare for meetings by reviewing reports and other materials
- Be able to engage with others to inform your contributions
- Support the Trust to seek feedback from members and public
- Pose questions to Non-Executive Directors on the Trust's work
- Work together, take responsibility, be authentic and embrace change
How does the role make a difference?
Represent your community
How does the role make a difference?
Being a Governor is an amazing opportunity to influence healthcare across Northamptonshire.
Our governors are an important and vital link between the Trust and the people we serve. Not only do governors represent the interests of their communities and the public, as a whole, by using their networks and local ties, they can help us engage more effectively on Trust priorities and decisions.
The other main statutory duty of the Council of Governors is to hold to account the Non-Executive Directors (who are appointed by the Trust to oversee decision making and strategy).
Governors are responsible for the appointment of the Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair). They undertake this duty in a variety of ways and Governors - some examples include observing the Board of Directors meetings, as well as contribute their thoughts to the Trust’s Strategy and Plans.
We are rated as an outstanding organisation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and this has meant better care for the people of Northamptonshire and beyond. For this to continue we need to maintain strong partnerships between Directors, staff, service users and their carers – and governors play a key part in this. Governor roles can be fitted around you, with many of our meetings currently taking place virtually.
Please watch this video from our 2022 Annual Showcase event which shows the work of the Council in 2021/2022:
How do I become a Governor?
How do I become a Governor?
We have a variety of Governors including public, service user, carer, staff and partner governors. Governors are elected by the members of the Trust, for a term of up to three years. Governors may stand for re-election for a further one or two terms. When only one candidate per seat puts themselves forward for a seat they are appointed automatically without an election. If a Governor cannot complete a whole term, the role is offered to the second placed person in the election. During February and March 2023 we will be looking for new Governors to fill seats in our Council of Governors.
You must be a member in one of these constituencies to stand. This means you must either live in the geographical area or be a patient, or the carer of a patient using Trust services (within the last 10 years).
The available seats are:
- One public Northampton seat
- Two public Kettering & Corby seats
- Two public Wellingborough & East Northants seats
- Six Patient and Carer seats
Become a Governor webinars
We are holding two Become a Governor session in February and March 2023 where you can find out more about the role and if it is right for you.
Please book a place using the MS Forms links below:
Become a Governor session - Monday 20 February at 1pm (via Microsoft Teams)
Become a Governor session - Tuesday 7 March at 5.30pm (via Microsoft Teams)
Members in these constituencies will have received a notice of election (which is on the documents section), this lists the instructions of how to stand.
If you are interested in standing, but are not yet a member, you can join via this link:
You must be eligible for one of the above constituencies if you wish to stand in these elections.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 10 March 2023 at 5pm. If seats are contested, voting will commence on 30 March 2023.
Governor elections - Key documents
Key election documents
Statement of Nominated Candidates
Governor Election Uncontested Report 2023
Contact us to find out more about being a Governor:
Telephone: 03000 273 981
Is becoming a govenor the right role for you?
We have lots of options to get involved at NHFT. Select from the options to see which is the right one for you.
I'm interested in:
Learning about trust services and receiving regular updatesBack up
Membership sounds like a great option for you. We will send you regular updates and invite you to membership events throughout the year.
Giving my time, regularly working directly with patientsBack up
Volunteering sounds like the perfect fit for you. Each and everyday people are giving their time freely as an NHFT volunteer. We greatly value their contribution and appreciate the time they give to enhance and complement the care provided by paid staff.
Giving my time regularly to be involved in the formal decision-making of the Trust, as well as helping to represent the views of others. This could include in taking part in staff recruitment and bespoke project groupsBack up
You sound like you would be a perfect candidate to stand as a Governor. Our Council of Governors represents the interests of staff, patients, public, service users and carers, as well as other local organisations in the running of our Foundation Trust. The Council is largely made up of representatives covering all the districts and boroughs of the county. The Board of Governors meets regularly to discuss and review the Trust’s plans.
Using my lived experience to help develop services in the Trust. This could involve a regular or more infrequent time commitment, and may include taking part in staff recruitment and being part of bespoke project groupsBack up
Becoming an involvee sounds like the best fit. Involvement is about people using their life skills, knowledge, own lived experience and time to influence how services are planned, delivered, developed and evaluated. Involvement and Co-production is achieved through working together and is at the heart of all we do
Patients, service user and carer involvement (services for adults)
Providing feedback on a serviceBack up
If you are looking to provide feedback on a service, you can either use the iWantGreatCare or contact PALS (advice, compliments and concerns)