Become a Governor of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

4 September 2019

Shape the future of our Trust - put your name forward for a Governor position today!

The Council of Governor Elections are now open to members. Being a governor is a vital role; you will be one of the voices representing our members, helping shape the future of our Trust and improving the experience patients receive. If this is something you would like to do, please put yourself forward today.

Please click here to read a letter from your Chair

Why become a Governor?

Message from Mr George Wilkinson, Public Governor Rest of England & Wales and Lead Governor.

Ask any NHS Foundation Trust Governor what their role involves, and you are likely to get the answer, “We hold the non-executive directors, individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the board of directors, and we represent the interests of members and the public.” Insofar as it goes, that answer is right. Those are the duties laid down by law. But what does this mean in practice, and why is being a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust such a worthwhile thing to do?

As Governors at the Tavistock, we are very much involved and valued. We may not make the decisions: that is for the Board of Directors, but we make sure, whether it is at the quarterly Council of Governors meetings, in Joint Board meetings (once a year the Board and Council meet together), or participating in various internal Trust committees, that our members’ voices are heard and the public view put. In so doing, we play a critical role in ensuring that the Trust remains publicly accountable for the services it provides.

The Trust seeks our views as Governors on a whole range of issues. In the past twelve months alone, Governors have been involved in the Care Quality Commission’s inspection, the work involved in taking the Trust’s Equality Scheme forward, as well as other key issues affecting the Trust. Add to that our involvement in the Trust’s ongoing governance. Governors don’t just attend Council meetings. We have appointed non-executive directors and reviewed their appraisals, given our input into a more streamlined governance structure for the Trust, and been involved in helping formulate the direction of the Trust in various committees.

We come from a wide range of backgrounds, with very different skills and experiences, but as Governors we have a common purpose - to do what we can to ensure that the Tavistock thrives and prospers for the benefit of its patients, their families, and their carers, and its people. It is a significant responsibility and it isn’t always comfortable. It shouldn’t be, as challenge and support are different sides of the same coin. But it is hugely worthwhile. The Trust’s website puts it very well: “Our Governors are the guardians of our mission and values, and they help us achieve our objectives.”

For a full list of vacant seats and constituencies please click through to the Notice of Election.

As Returning Officer, UK Engage will be managing this election on behalf of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. If you would like to put your name forward to sit on the Council of Governors, you will need to complete a nomination form.

The easiest way to do this is to register via our online nomination form, which you can access by registering here or download a nomination pack.

Alternatively, you can request a nomination pack by phone or email.

Nominations will close at 5pm Friday, 20 September 2019

If you have any other questions about the nomination process, please contact UK Engage.


Contact UK Engage:

Visit: nom.ukevote/uk/tavi-port to access all the information you will need about this election
Phone: UK Engage on 0345 209 3770

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