The new boys at my secondary school were called “New Guvs”. Here I am 50 years later as a “New Guv” again, honoured to have been elected to represent the membership of the Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Windsor and Maidenhead Constituency. Thank you.
Even with a background in the global pharmaceuticals industry, I have learned so much about the magnificent NHS and, more importantly, the amazing people who work across hospitals that serve our community.
Although it’s early days, I have quickly come to recognise the complexity and challenges facing the Trust in our rapidly changing healthcare environment and to applaud the clarity of the vision, strategy and key action plans that the leadership team have put in place to deliver an outstanding experience and best outcome for patients, their carers and the team.
Yes, it’s a voluntary role and it’s a role that will absorb all the time you put into it but it’s one that gives back tenfold. As a Governor, one doesn’t run the Trust or get involved with the day-to-day but, alongside the Statutory requirements, it is a privilege to work with some incredible people in decision-making Committees, share views on the organisation’s future direction, be involved with patients’ groups, help to shape the quality of care and experience the extraordinary work of all of the staff and volunteers first hand. These are just some of the rewarding aspects of the role I have enjoyed – and that’s just in the first 3 months!
Since becoming a Governor for Elmbridge at the end of last year, I have been trying to absorb the complexities of Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. It will take a while (prospective new governors, please note).
However, one of the functions spelled out for us is to obtain feedback from members. It is important that we have your thoughts and ideas for us all to consider. Let your Governor know what concerns you have. What issues should we look at going forward? What opportunities are there to improve things?
Please include which district you live in, e.g. Elmbridge, or your staff group so that it can be forwarded to the relevant Governor.