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Governor role

The role of the Council of Governors

Because we are a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors.  Governors play a key role at University Hospitals Bristol in helping to guide the development of services, holding the Non-executive Directors to account, and representing the views of members.  Most governors are elected from the Foundation Trust membership. These elected governors reflect the interests of the community and represent their members when key decisions are taken at the Trust. There are 27 elected public, patient and staff governors on the UH Bristol Council of Governors. There are also eight Appointed Governors, who sit on the Council of Governors to represent the interest of stakeholder organisations.

John Rose

Message from John Rose, Public Governor, October 2018

Hello, my name is John Rose and along with the other 30 governors of UH Bristol, I am doing my best to represent the interests of you all.  If you want to know more about who we all are, you can find out by going to /governors/

We look at a very wide range of issues that affect all ages and type of patient, their family, carers and UH Bristol staff. These include outpatient and inpatient treatment, timeliness, quality, performance, appointments etc. We cannot take up individual cases, but we can get answers to questions related to activities surrounding patient concerns. These questions can be seen in the Governors' Log of Questions which forms part of the papers for each Public Board meeting(see the last agenda item)

In addition we represent our various local geographies. Governor Penny Parsons and I live in North Somerset and were elected as governors by UH Bristol North Somerset members. For that reason I ask all North Somerset members what issues they feel are important to them when dealing with UH Bristol? Travel? Morning appointments too early for comfort? UH Bristol is currently proposing to build a multi-storey car park/transport hub close to the Bristol Royal Infirmary specifically for patients, carers and visitors. I believe this hub would be of great value to anyone needing the BRI who is travelling from any distance and who cannot easily use public transport. No tough uphill walk! (Although we do have a free shuttle bus from Temple Meads station and Cabot Circus that links the city centre hospitals and is provided by the hospitals' charity Above and Beyond). If you're interested in finding out more about the plans for the transport hub, there is a specific link from the UH Bristol website.

You can write to the membership office at any time for any matter that you want governors to consider, or use Facebook or Twitter. We need communication to be two way wherever possible. The 'Health Matters' events have been excellent for this. They are held in the late afternoon or early evening at the Education and Research Centre opposite the BRI. There is a presentation followed by questions from the audience. Governors attend to meet members and we find the questions asked to be very informative. The next one is on 30 October on the topic of 'Eye Health', and the one on 29 November is on 'Psychology and Health'. Come along, have a cup of tea, talk to a governor on any matter you like, then enjoy the presentation. We governors hope to see you there.

You can download a copy of the October membership e-newsletter here.