Published on: 31 March 2021

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is calling on people living in three areas of Derbyshire to help strengthen the NHS by standing in the Trust’s upcoming public governor elections and serving as the voice of their community on health-related issues.

The Trust is seeking nominations for the areas of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire; Chesterfield and High Peak; and Derbyshire Dales by Monday 19 April 2021, with elections taking place in May 2021.

The successful candidates in these key voluntary roles will join the Trust’s Council of Governors. They will be responsible for holding the Trust’s Non-Executive Directors publicly accountable and will help to shape the activities of the Trust.

Information about the three constituencies:
  • Bolsover and North East Derbyshire’s governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of Bolsover District Council and North East Derbyshire District Council
  • Chesterfield’s governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of Barrow Hill and New Whittington,  Brimington, North Brimington, South Brockwell, Dunston, Hasland, Hollingwood and Inkersall, Holmesbrook, Linacre, Loundsley Green, Lowgates and Woodthorpe, Middlescroft and Poolsbrook, Old Whittington Moor, Rother, St Helens, St Leonards Walton West and Walton West
  • High Peak and Derbyshire Dales’s governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of Derbyshire Dales District Council and High Peak Borough Council.

If you are interested in standing a form can be obtained as follows:

For more information about becoming a governor, please contact the membership and Involvement Manager by calling 01332 623723 or emailing dhcft.membership@nhs.net.
Nominations opened on 31 March and close at 5pm on Monday 19 April 2021.

After gaining Foundation Trust status in 2011, Derbyshire Healthcare made a commitment to represent its communities as effectively as possible and promote public awareness of health issues. Having Trust members – represented by elected governors – is a key way for Derbyshire Healthcare to involve local people in the organisation’s work and ensure that it provides the best possible care and treatment for the people it serves.

The organisation’s Council of Governors is made up of 16 members of the public, six staff representatives and six representatives from partner organisations. Governors are elected by the Foundation Trust’s members and oversee the Trust’s Board, which is responsible for running the NHS services that the Trust is commissioned to provide to the residents of Derby and Derbyshire. 

Lynda Langley is the Lead Governor for Derbyshire Healthcare and current governor for Chesterfield. She said: “As a governor, I have utilised my skills, knowledge and interest in health services to engage with members of the public. From this engagement I have been able to feed back to the Trust Board what is happening and how the Trust is doing. I hope that from my activities I have made a difference, however small, to our service users. I have always been very proud to be part of the Trust but never more than now, as I have seen first-hand their amazing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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