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12 January 2007



Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust is asking members of the public to consider standing in its forthcoming elections for a seat on its new foundation trust council of governors.


The council of governors will play an integral role in the running of the Trust once it is granted foundation trust (FT) status. Royal Brompton & Harefield is currently in the final stage of assessment by the official regulators Monitor, and, if successful, could become a foundation trust by May this year.


Foundation trust project director, Robert Craig, says anyone with an interest in contributing to the Trust’s future can become a member of the foundation trust and any member can stand for election as a governor. The Trust currently has a nationwide membership of over 11,000.


“The process of standing for election is quick and straightforward. We know from existing NHS foundation trusts that governors find the role rewarding and relish the opportunity of making a difference,” says Craig.


The council will be made up of 12 patients, carers and members of the public, five staff representatives and six representatives from partner organisations. Governors will be elected by the foundation trust’s membership and will oversee the board of directors who are responsible for running and planning hospital services. They will also appoint the future chairman and non-executive directors of the board.


“The elected governors will help shape the future of both of the Trust’s hospitals and help us to continue to set the pace in heart and lung research and treatment, benefiting patients now and in the future,” says Craig.


Nominations for governors close on Friday 9th February and anyone interested in standing should email or telephone the foundation trust office to ask for an information pack: foundation@rbht.nhs.uk or 01895 828631.


The elections will be overseen by Electoral Reform Services Ltd. Further details are available on the Trust’s website. 




For further information, contact:

Rachel Hughes, media relations manager

Tel: 020 7351 8672     Mob: 07866 536 345   Email: r.hughes2@rbht.nhs.uk

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