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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.

Graham Papworth.

Message from Graham Papworth, Patient Governor, December 2018

My name is Graham Papworth and I'm a public governor at UH Bristol. Being an active member of the governors allows you to really go 'above and beyond' for the benefit of the Trust's staff, patients and carers.  In the past few months I have been able to leverage their goodwill and expertise, along with that of our non-executive directors and my fellow governors, to get involved in some really interesting projects, alongside my regular governor duties.

Emma Redfern is a consultant in Emergency Medicine who played a part in saving my life back in 2010. We got together again recently and made a short video titled 'My Doctor and me' for Aortic Dissection Awareness (UK & Ireland) and their UK Think Aorta Campaign. The video is going up on various social media channels as an educational tool to help spread best practice to emergency departments across the UK and globally. It covers some really great joined up team work between departments at UH Bristol, how together they save lives, their caring and professional interaction with the patient and their family and how the staff are trying to share knowledge. What's not to like?

As part of my day job, I'm also involved in a project aiming to upskill and support unpaid carers across the UK - that's currently 6.5 million people, and at some point probably all of us reading this will be part of that group. This digital platform and the associated content is set to go live at the end of 2019; figures crossed for this. Being a governor for carers at UH Bristol, this is a project close to my heart.

In terms of my governor duties, I'm an active member of the Governors' Strategy Group, which has been looking at the important issues of our closer working relationship with Weston Area Health NHS Trust, the role that our Trust plays in our wider health and care economy, and, dare I say it, how we will manage the potential impacts of Brexit.

At the end of November I attended the Trust's annual Recognising Success Awards, sponsored by hospitals' charity Above & Beyond - a big well done to all. It was great to see so many staff and volunteers up for awards and being recognised for their outstanding contributions, it makes me very proud to be involved as a governor.

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