Sheffield Health and Social Care governor elections

Story by Nico Hall

Nomination are now open for public and service user governors for Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC). The deadline is Tuesday 9th April.

SHSC provides a wide range of specialist health and social care services to improve the mental, physical and social wellbeing of the people living in Sheffield and in other areas. Amongst a wider range of other services, SHSC provides community-based, learning disability and inpatient services.

The North East of Sheffield currently doesn’t have anyone representing the public. It is the only public constituency of SHSC without any governors. This is despite our area having relatively high numbers of service users, carers and being the home of many SHSC facilities.

The role of governors is very important to the functioning of the Trust. Governors represent your views and hold Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Trust Board.

Governors are part of a group of people from all different walks of life. Being a Governor can be very rewarding and interesting. If you’ve got the time to give, SHSC can give you all the support you need to carry out the role, including travel expenses and training.

There are vacancies in the following governor constituencies:

  • 2 Public North East (East & West Ecclesfield, Southey, Firth Park, Burngreave, Shiregreen, Brightside);
  • 4 Service User (must have used the Trust’s services within the past five years);
  • 4 Carer (must have cared for someone who has used the Trust’s services within the past five years);
  • 1 Young Service User or Carer (must have used or cared for someone who has used the Trust’s services within the last five years).

For more information, there is a workshop 20th March (from 5.15pm – 6.15pm, Room 6, The Circle, VAS, 33 Rockingham Lane) that give much more detail about what’s involved and a full explanation of the nomination process. There will be existing governors on hand to give a first-hand view of the role.

Please book your place or ask any questions by phoning 0114 271 8825 or email foundation.trust@shsc.nhs.uk

You can find out more about the elections at https://shsc.nhs.uk/aboutus/get-involved/membership/governor-elections/ where there is also a link to the online nomination form