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The results of the elections to the Council of Governors of Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are now available.

Find out more about the Governor Elections

Please see documents below:

Individual voting sheets for each contested seat are available upon request from the Returning Officer, Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services, telephone – 0208 889 9203 or e-mail – Ciara.Norris@electoralreform.co.uk.

The results were formally announced at a Special Members’ Meeting held on Wednesday, 6th December 2017.  Newly elected and nominated Governors started in office following the closure of the meeting – visit our Membership Meeting webpage for more information.

More Information about the Role of Governor

Our Trust has 32 elected and nominated Governors with the majority of our Governors (24 out of 32) being directly elected from and by our members.  All qualifying 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 members and the public, and seeking assurance from our Board of Directors.  Governors also help us to shape the Trust’s future priorities and plans so to reflect the needs of the people that we serve.

Governor Eligibility

In order to stand for election as a Governor, you must be:

  • An eligible member (public or staff) of our NHS Foundation Trust
  • Aged 16 years or over
  • Public Governors must live in the area that they represent
  • Staff Governors must have a job role in the staff class that they represent
  • Governors also need to meet our Governor Criteria.

However, you do not need specific qualifications for the Governor role, other than a commitment to representing members (public and staff) and the wider public, to the best of your ability.  An induction programme and on-going training is provided to Governors upon being successfully elected/nominated.

If you would like to discuss the Governor role or election process in more detail, please contact Donna Beddows, Foundation Trust Membership Manager, via e-mail donna.beddows@mft.nhs.uk or telephone 0161 276 8661.

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.  The Trust is keen to represent all areas of the community and our workforce on our Council of Governors, and welcomes interest from anyone within our Public and Staff Member Constituencies.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion of staff, patients, carers, families, members and the communities that we serve. We believe that having an inclusive culture: by listening to all our people and respecting each other, we will deliver our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.  As part of this commitment we aim to have a Board and Council of Governors whose

membership reflects the diverse communities that we serve. We support our Governors in becoming more representative of our members and communities whether in respect of race, disability, gender, gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership, caring responsibility, social class and pregnancy and maternity.

If you are not currently a member but 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 for a paper form:

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

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

When are the Governor Elections held?

Elections are usually held each year (around Summer/Autumn) to fill vacant seats and/or those seats where a Governor’s term of office is coming to an end.  Our elections are run by an independent, external organisation and, at the start of the election process, an election timetable and associated formal notices are posted on this webpage.  Members then vote for the candidate(s) that they wish to be elected to our Council of Governors using the Single Transferrable Voting system.

Standing for Election as a Governor of our NHS Foundation Trust

Over the years, members have shared with us what motivated them to stand for election as a Governor:

  • Passionate commitment to the NHS and to the Trust’s hospitals and the desire to make a difference.
  • To make a positive contribution to ensure patients and carers get the highest quality of care at the Trust.
  • To use their personal experience as a patient/carer to help improve standards of care quality and safety, and the care environment.
  • 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. ethnic minorities, people with learning disabilities etc.