KGH looking for new governors to represent the interests of local people

Kettering General Hospital is looking for local people to join their council of governors.
Kettering General Hospital is looking for local people to join their council of governors.

Kettering General Hospital is looking for people to join its council of governors.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about the role – and review the hospital’s progress over the past year – at the annual members meeting from 4pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday, July 19.

It takes place at the Kettering Conference Centre in Thurston Drive.

Before the meeting itself – which starts at 5.15pm – there will be refreshments and the chance to meet hospital staff and learn about developments at a variety of stands.

Kettering General Hospital chairman Graham Foster said: “It is always a very interesting event and we encourage everyone from the local area to attend.

“This year, in addition to our usual information about hospital departments and job opportunities, our governors will also be available to talk about their role prior to our governor elections in September.

“We are looking to recruit seven new public members and three new staff members because a number of our foundation trust governors are coming to the end of their three-year terms of office.

“We are looking for people to represent Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants and a member to represent all other areas.

“Governors play the role of critical friend to the trust while challenging, scrutinising and seeking assurances for the decisions taken by our board of directors – often referred to as our trust board.

“We are looking for people who are interested in supporting their hospital and representing the interests of local people.”

Some of the key roles and responsibilities of the role of governor involve holding the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board of directors, appointing the chairman and non-executive directors, and determining their remuneration, allowances and terms of office.

Mr Foster added: “There’s a lot to learn but if you successfully become a governor we will support you and provide training where necessary.

“In turn you will improve your understanding and knowledge of the hospital and gain a unique insight into the strategy, performance and decisions the trust makes to improve the patient experience and patient care.”

Anyone who feels they have the skills and ability to become a governor at the hospital can find out more by phoning 01536 492169.

More information on the role of governor is available here.

Nominations for new governors open on August 2. The deadline for nominations is August 31.

The Trust’s elections start on September 21 and close on October 17. The results will be declared on October 18.