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Governor Elections 2021 – Elected Voice of our Members (Public and Staff) and the general public, representing their interests and views

The Trust gives notice that it is holding elections to the Council of Governors of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.  Further details, including Governor seats to be filled, are outlined below:

Governor Elections 2021 – Governor Seats Open for Election

Public Governors

Two (2) Public Governor seats are open in the following Public Constituencies:

 

Public Constituency Maps

 

Public Constituency Seats open for election
Rest of Greater Manchester One (1) Please click here to see the Public Constituency Map 
Rest of England & Wales One (1) Areas that fall outside the above Public Constituency Map Wards, are captured in the Rest of England & Wales Constituency

Please note:  During the current 2021 Governor Election process, there are NO seats open for election in the Manchester, Trafford or Eastern Cheshire Public Constituencies.  There are also NO seats open for election across all four Staff Groups (i.e. Medical & Dental, Nursing & Midwifery, Other Clinical or Non-Clinical & Support Staff Constituencies).

In order to be eligible to stand for election as a Governor, candidates must meet our Governor Criteria which includes:

  • Governors must be Members of Manchester University NHS Foundation.
  • Governors must be at least 16 year old.
  • Public Governors must live in the area (constituency) that they represent.
  • Staff Governors must have a job role in the staff class (constituency) they represent.
  • Nominated (Appointed) Governors must be supported in office by the partner organisation that they represent.

If you are interested in standing for election as a Governor, you need to complete a ‘Candidate Nomination Form’ with the election being run by an independent, external organisation, i.e. Civica Election Services.  Nomination forms to stand for election to the aforementioned Governor positions can be completed online or obtained from the Retuning Officer, Ciara Hutchinson, via the following ways: 

Completed Online:

Telephone:

Returning Officer Name:

Email:

Text:

Post:

 

 

www.cesvotes.com/mft2021

020 8889 9203

Ciara Hutchinson

ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk

2FT MF and your name and address to 88802

Civica Election Services

The Election Centre

33 Clarendon Road

London. N8 0NW

A printable version of the Public Nomination Form can also be found below:

All nominations should be received by the Returning Officer, Ciara Hutchinson, at the address or website as detailed above, by 5pm on Monday, 2nd August 2021.

Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the Returning Officer (Ciara Hutchinson) by 5pm on Thursday, 5th August 2021.

For all contested Governor seats/constituencies, voting will open on Friday, 20th August 2021.  Voting will close at 5pm on Thursday, 9th September 2021.

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Civica Election Services Ltd. (address as above).

The Independent Scrutineer for these elections is Civica Election Services Ltd. (address as above).

The Returning Officer for these elections is Ciara Hutchinson of Civica Election Services Ltd (address as above or e-mail – Ciara.Hutchinson@civica.co.uk).

Civica Election Services (CES) E-Learner Programme – Preparing For An Election

For more information on how to nominate yourself, how to write an effective election statement and how the election process works, you can take the Civica E-Learner Programme which is available at their election site www.cesvotes.com/mft2021 (this election site also hosts a short video explainer).

In addition, sample candidate statements can also be requested directly from Civica Election Services (contact details above), who will also be able to provide further assistance to complete your nomination form.

The 2021 Governor Election results will be formally outlined as part of our forthcoming Annual Members’ Meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday, 21st September 2021 – further details will be posted over the coming weeks.

Become More Involved – Stand for Election as a Governor

All our members are equal, but the Trust recognises that some members may wish to become more involved in the life of our NHS Foundation Trust than others. One of the biggest ways that you can get involved is to put yourself forward to stand for election to our Council of Governors.  You do not need specific qualifications for the Governor role, other than a commitment to representing constituents (members and the public) to the best of your ability.  An induction programme and on-going training is provided to Governors upon being successfully elected.

In order to be eligible to stand for election as a Governor, candidates must meet our Governor Criteria which includes:

  • Governors must be Members of Manchester University NHS Foundation.
  • Governors must be at least 16 year old.
  • Public Governors must live in the area (constituency) that they represent.
  • Staff Governors must have a job role in the staff class (constituency) they represent.
  • Nominated (Appointed) Governors must be supported in office by the partner organisation that they represent.

Standing for Election as a Governor of our NHS Foundation Trust

Our Trust has 32 elected and nominated (appointed) Governors who together make up our Council of Governors.  The majority of our Governors (24 out of 32) are directly elected from and by our members (public and staff).  All qualifying public and staff members, that are aged 16 years or over, are able to nominate themselves to stand for election as a Governor during the election process.

Governors are responsible for representing the interests and views of our public and staff members alongside the general public, seeking performance assurance from our Board of Directors, and helping us to shape the Trust’s future priorities and plans:

  • On behalf of members, the Council of Governors sit around table with the Board of Directors to share both their and member’s views during decision-making processes and when formulating future plans
  • Members therefore have a voice, through the Council of Governors (their elected representatives), which ultimately helps us to shape our future service provisions to more meet our members’, and their family’s needs.

Why are Governor Elections held?

The Trust holds Governor Elections each year to fill any vacant seats on our Council of Governors and/or to open up seats for Governor positions whose term of office is coming to an end.  Our elections are run by an independent, external organisation with members (public and staff) voting for the candidate(s) that they wish to be elected to our Council of Governors using the ‘Single Transferrable Voting’ (STV) system.

Over the years, many of our public and staff members have been interested in standing for election as a Governor with some of their key motivations being:

  • Having a passionate commitment to the NHS and to the Trust’s hospitals and a desire to make a difference alongside giving something positive back to the NHS.
  • To make a positive contribution to ensure patients and carers get the highest quality of care at the Trust and, on their behalf, seeking performance assurances from the Trust’s Board of Directors.
  • To use their personal experience as a patient/carer to help improve standards of care quality and safety, and the care environment.
  • To help the Trust to consider patient/staff views when responding to any challenges it faces e.g. finance, restructuring, increasing demand etc.
  • To be a voice/advocate for what matters the most to patients and their families, and to the wider community.
  • To be a voice/advocate for staff and share their perspective with the Board of Directors.
  • To give a voice to particular communities/groups e.g. minority groups, people with learning disabilities etc.
  • To support the Trust in putting patients at its core and foster a culture of valuing and engaging staff.

If you would like to find out more about the Governor role or election process, please contact Donna Beddows, Foundation Trust Membership Manager, via e-mail donna.beddows@mft.nhs.uk

Become a Member

We are committed to establishing a truly representative membership and welcome Members and Governors from all backgrounds, religions, beliefs, race, colour, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age, social or economic status or national origin.

If you are not currently a Member and are interested in standing for election as a Governor, please complete an on-line Membership Application Form  or alternatively you can contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office (contact details below) for a paper form.

As part of the NHS membership application process, you will be asked to supply your personal data, with any data that you supply being used only to contact you about the Trust’s Membership and/or other related issues and will be processed for these purposes only, will not be shared with third parties and will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act.  A copy of MFT’s privacy notice can be found on the Trust’s website https://mft.nhs.uk/privacy-policy/

If you would like to discuss membership and/or if already a member the information that you supplied as part of your initial membership application process has changed or changes in the future, or if you wish to cancel your membership, please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office:

By Post:

Freepost Plus RRBR-AXBU-XTZT
MFT NHS Trust
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL

By Phone:

0161 276 8661

(office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)

E-mail: ft.enquiries@mft.nhs.uk