If you would like to help shape the future direction of your health services, put your name forward as Governor of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

This is your chance, as an existing or new member, to stand as a Governor and contribute to providing excellent health and social care for the people in Sheffield.

We have 12 seats available on the Council of Governors in the following constituencies:

  • Public South West (x1) - Gleadless Valley, Dore and Totley, Fulwood, Graves Park, Nether Edge, Ecclesall, Beauchief and Greenhill, Crookes
  • Public South East (x1) - Arbourthorne, Beighton, Birley, Darnall, Manor Castle, Mosborough, Richmond, Woodhouse
  • Public Rest of England (x1) - all electoral wards outside Sheffield but within England
  • Service User (x4) - must have used the Trust's services within the past five years
  • Young Service User or Carer (x1) - must have used or cared for someone who has used the Trust's services within the last five years
  • Staff (x1) - Allied Health Professionals
  • Staff (x1) - Psychology
  • Staff (x1) - Medical and clinical
  • Staff (x1) - Clinical Support 

It is essential that our Council of Governors represent the diverse people that live and work in Sheffield. We'd especially like to hear from anyone from a BAME background and people with a learning disability.

What does being a Governor involve

The Council of Governors is a group of people who represent the views of the public, patients, carers, staff and partner organisations. They act as an important link between Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and the local community. Governors make sure that the needs of the local population are being met and that staff and patients are fully involved in and consulted on any changes.

Some of a Governor's duties include:

  • holding Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • commenting on the Trust’s priorities
  • making sure members’ views are heard when setting priorities
  • representing the views of members, staff and the local community.

It is a real opportunity to get involved in the NHS in a meaningful and interesting way and contribute to shaping the future of local healthcare services.

Who can be a Governor?

Governors must be a member of this Trust – it is easy to join and this can be done before the nominations close if you are not already a member.

Governors must be 16 years or over, although you can become a member at 12 years.

If you'd like to stand but aren't already a member just click here to find out how to join us.

If you are a member of any of our vacant constituencies, you can stand for nomination.

If you move out of the constituency you represent during your term, for example you move house or change role, you will have to step down. You must also meet our 'fit and proper person' criteria which is explained when you fill in your nomination form.

How much time is involved in being a Governor?

As a minimum we expect Governors to be able to attend:

  • most of our Council of Governors meetings - these are held five times a year
  • our Annual Members Meeting which is held in September every year

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, we recommend taking a look at the Governwell book for prospective Governors.

What qualifications or skills do Governors need?

Governors need to have an interest in the services the Trust provides and need to reflect the views of the groups that they are representing. Staff Governors are there to represent their colleagues and their professional groups and provide a crucial role in reflecting staff opinions at Board level.

Being a Governor can be very rewarding and interesting. Governors are part of a group of people from all different walks of life and there is the opportunity to get to know different people, different services and learn more about the NHS. We will also provide opportunities for development and support for carrying out the role.

If you have any questions about the elections, our Council of Governors or what's involved in becoming a member you can contact Amber Wild, Corporate Assurance Manager, at governors@shsc.nhs.uk

Election timetable

  • Publication of notice of election - Monday 19 April 2021
  • Deadline for the receipt of nominations - Friday 14 May 2021
  • Notice of poll and issue of ballot packs - Tuesday 01 June 2021
  • Close of poll - Thursday 24 June 2021
  • Declaration of result - Friday 25 June 2021

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