The Annual Members Meeting gives Members an opportunity to hear about the work of the Trust and ask questions.
As part of the Governor’s Membership and Community Engagement Committee, I was involved in reviewing the plans for the event. As usual we were keen that there were interesting activities and presentations to attract Members and draw them to Ashford Hospital for the early evening meeting.
The highlight was the tours of the new Outpatients Department - everyone was impressed with the light and airy central reception atrium area and rest of the department and overall it is a major improvement.
Before the main presentations guests were able to browse around a number of information stands, including ones about infection control and cleaning, maternity and the nursing strategy. They chatted to staff and the Governors whilst enjoying the refreshments on offer and I had some interesting conversations - particularly about communication with Members and the role of the Governors in representing Members’ views. Another development at the meeting this year was a presentation by the Lead Governor so that members could hear directly from the Governors about their role and activities on behalf of members.
Further presentations were made by Mr David Elliott, Divisional Director for Trauma and Orthopaedics and Andrew Liles, Chief Executive. They are both passionate about their jobs and this shone through in their presentations.
We are very keen to hear your views about the Annual Members Meeting and how you believe it can be improved. This could include when and where it is held, presentation topics and the overall format of the event. If you have any views please contact the Membership Office.
Written by Steve McCarthy, Public Governor for Elmbridge
Steve has been a Governor for three years. Having been a patient representative for NHS Surrey and its local North Surrey predecessor for seven years, he has a good knowledge of local health services. He believes he can play a part in ensuring the Trust directors and their strategy continue to make our hospitals a leading provider of services.