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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 acting as guardians for the Trust's values and standards.  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 - North Somerset: Dec 2017:

I am John Rose, and along with Penny Parsons I am a North Somerset Public Governor at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol).  We were elected by the North Somerset members in May this year to represent them, and we started in June to be in post for three years.  There are 1,060 UH Bristol members in North Somerset, out of a population of about 220,000.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who voted and to give you some idea about what we are doing. 

Penny and I are new to the role of Governor, and are learning about how we can influence the direction of UH Bristol. There are on average, about four meetings per month that we can attend covering the quality of services, strategic planning and Trust governance. There are also public meetings such as the monthly Board and quarterly Council of Governors meetings and the Health Matters events which we and you can go to.

I have taken part in 20 governor meetings since June and two training sessions, plus I have been on one walk-round: where we can visit specific areas or departments of the hospitals to see for ourselves what they are like and hear from staff about how they work.

Although we have our own experiences of Trust services, we need to hear from you to make sure that we are aware of the full range of your patient and carer opinions when using the nine hospitals in the Trust.  I for one, have never used maternity services!! North Somerset is a large area with transport and other issues that affect an individual's experience when using UH Bristol services, and these may need to be considered.

What we do does not replace the Trust complaints process, but you may have an issue that is more of a comment than a complaint, which, if we hear of it, we can use to help UH Bristol improve its performance. It may be that it is difficult for North Somerset members to get into Bristol to attend any of the specially organised Health Matters and other members' events, but you can always reach governors through the Trust Membership team (Kate and Sarah on 0117 342 3764 or email who will make sure that your views reach us.

It would be good to know if you are going to a Trust public meeting as it would be a chance for us to meet with you.  We hope to hear from you.