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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Become an FT Governor

Governor Information Pack

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is on the path to becoming an accredited Foundation Trust. Foundation Trust status is given to those NHS organisations deemed to be providing high quality, safe and effective services and to be financially viable and sustainable. 

A key element of Foundation Trusts is increased accountability to the community the organisation serves. The Health and Care NHS Trust already has around 11,000 ‘members’ and will be setting up a Council of Governors made up of members of the public, Trust staff and members from its partner organisations.  

There are 13 seats available on the council for public members and those who put themselves forward will be selected following an election process set to take place later this year.  

The Trust has decided to hold the elections for the Council of Governors using the following timetable:



Trust to send nomination material and data to ERS

Thursday, 17 Sep 2015

Notice of Election / nomination open

Thursday, 1 Oct 2015

Nominations deadline

Thursday, 29 Oct 2015

Summary of valid nominated candidates published

Friday, 30 Oct 2015

Final date for candidate withdrawal

Tuesday, 3 Nov 2015

Electoral data to be provided by Trust

Friday, 6 Nov 2015

Notice of Poll published

Thursday, 19 Nov 2015

Voting packs despatched

Friday, 20 Nov 2015

Close of election

Tuesday, 15 Dec 2015

Declaration of results

Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015


Governor Information Sessions - Questions and Answers

This means that the nomination period for the start of the election is 1 October 2015.  If you are interested in standing for election then you will need to obtain a nomination pack from our external returning officer, Electoral Reform Society from 1 October 2015. This will provide details of how you may stand for election and the paperwork that you must complete. Any nominations must be received by Electoral Reform Society by no later than Thursday 29th October. The contact details for ERS are 020 8889 9203 or email: ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk 

There will be 23 members of the Council of Governors; with 4 seats from stakeholder organisations, 6 staff members and 13 public seats, covering 2 seats from each of the 6 district council areas in Worcestershire and the remaining seat from someone who lives in a county bordering Worcestershire 

If you would like further information on the role of being a Governor, the Trust has produced a booklet with further information http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-members/become-an-ft-governor/  or if you would rather discuss the role do not hesitate to contact us via the membership office on 01905 681425 or email ftoffice@hacw.nhs.uk

The Council of Governors will have an induction which will take place on the morning of 6th January and all day 14th January, both of which will take place in Worcester. It is envisaged that there will be various Council of Governor meetings throughout 2016 the following dates have been fixed:





Tuesday 26 January 2016

17.00 – 20.00


Tuesday 26 April 2016

17.00 – 20.00


Tuesday 26 July 2016

17.00 – 20.00


Tuesday 18 October 2016

17.00 – 20.00


Tuesday 24 January 2017

17.00 – 20.00


The induction will take place in Worcester, although other meetings will take place at different locations throughout the County. 

The role of Governor is a rewarding and exciting role and we would hope that you will consider nominating yourself. 

If you would like hard copies of any of the documents mentioned do not hesitate to contact us through the membership office