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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.

Mo Phillips

Message from Mo Phillips, Public Governor, September 2018

Hi, my name is Mo Phillips and I have been a public governor for just over one year. In the last month I attended my first Annual Members' Meeting along with about 70 other people including governors, members of the Board, supporting charities and most importantly the Trust Members who turned out in force!

I was hugely impressed - the meeting was informative, speakers were interesting and amusing and there was considerable input from members with a variety of questions. Reports were made on the year's achievements in quality of care, finance and progress with redevelopment of the Trust's estate. In all areas the Trust and its staff delivered outstanding results and there is even a reasonably healthy bank balance! As ever, improvement is a continual goal and it seems the better the Trust does, the higher the bar set by the various NHS bodies.

A presentation on the benefits of UH Bristol as a Global Digital Exemplar showed how the use of technology will improve working practices for staff and benefit patients - with increased government funding to assist. It will be fascinating to see the impact on service provision in the next few years. My fellow governor Carole Dacombe and I spoke briefly about the governor role and one member said he would definitely stand for election as a governor next year so we must have said something right!

And finally questions from the floor on various issues - plans for the new transport hub, staff assaults, pharmacy waiting times and carer support. All in all, it was a very good meeting all round and I think that view was shared by all attendees. See you again next year!

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