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5 April 2013

Hospital Ward

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Harrogate District Hospital, Ripon Community Hospital and a range of community-based health services across North Yorkshire, such as Health Visitors and School Nurses, is asking local people to help shape its future by becoming a Governor.

The Trust is holding a by-election this spring for a Governor to represent Ripon and West District on the Council of Governors and we want as many people as possible to stand and vote for this position.

Sandra Dodson, Chairman and Chair of the Council of Governors

Sandra Dodson, Chairman and Chair of the Council of Governors said:

Our Governors are an integral part of the Trust and ensure that we are accountable to the local community we serve. The Council of Governors have key responsibilities such as the appointment of the Non-Executive Directors on the Board of Directors, the appointment of the Trust’s external auditor and development of an active membership. There are opportunities to work on specific projects and to represent the Trust locally and nationally too.

With the Government’s reforms of the NHS, the role of Governors has become more important than ever, with additional responsibilities.

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, we are extremely lucky to have an active and engaged Council of Governors, who lead the way on initiatives like our award winning Education Liaison programme. Now we are looking for people to join our Council of Governors and help to shape the Trust as we move forward.

In order to stand or vote in the elections, you have to be a Member of the Foundation Trust.

It is free to join and an application form is on the Trust’s website at www.hdft.nhs.uk or available from the Foundation Trust Office on (01423) 554489 or by emailing Angie Colvin, Corporate Affairs and Membership Manager, at angie.colvin@hdft.nhs.uk


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