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Governor Elections

Annual Governor Election Process

The majority of our Governors are elected from and by our members with all qualifying members that are aged 16 years or over being able to nominate themselves to stand for election as a Governor during the election process.  Elections are usually held each year (usually commence around Summer/Autumn) for those Governor posts whose term of office is ending or have resigned.

At the start of the election process, a formal notice is published (on this webpage), inviting eligible members to stand for election to the Governor seat(s) that are open The formal notice includes the contact details of the external company who facilitates our election process (to request a Nomination Form).  Ballot papers are then sent to members who in turn vote for the candidate(s) that they wish to be elected to our Council of Governors.

2017 Governor Elections and Manchester Single Hospital Service Plans

Plans are being progressed to create a new, city-wide hospital Trust which will provide much better, safer, more consistent hospital care that's fit for the future for people living in the City of Manchester, Trafford, and beyond.

We need to change the way we deliver care to address a number of health inequalities in our region. For example:

  • Two people with the same condition, living within miles of each other, can have a different chance of survival depending on when and where they use hospital services.
  • Appointment waiting times vary dramatically depending on which hospital a patient attends and what they are being treated for.

Creating a Single Hospital Service (SHS) will allow us to build an organisation that is fit and sustainable for the future in light of rising demand on services, staff shortages and significant money pressures.

It will also bring opportunities for us to grow our research, education and investment into our region, and attract highly skilled staff. All of this will not only benefit people living in the City of Manchester and Trafford, it will benefit patients from across Greater Manchester who use our hospitals. 

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) will join together to create a new Foundation Trust in October 2017. Then, the plan is for North Manchester General Hospital (which is currently part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) to join the new organisation around 12-18 months later.

In order for the merger to take place, we need to have the approval of both Boards of Directors (the people responsible for all aspects of operation and performance including setting corporate strategy) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as well as a satisfactory risk rating from NHS Improvement (NHS I).

On 1 August 2017 the CMA announced in its final independent report that it has cleared the merger between CMFT and UHSM as it will be of overall benefit to patients. You can read more about this announcement here.

As well as the above approvals, and as part of the assurance process, the Council of Governors (elected representatives for members and the public) of both UHSM and CMFT will then be asked to vote upon whether the appropriate process has been followed by the Boards in relation to the merger.

Work on these processes is continuing and we remain on track to establish the new organisation on 1st October 2017, subject to that clearance.  If plans are approved, please find listed below the proposed Governor Election Timetable (maybe subject to change):

For more information about the SHS programme of work, visit our 'About the Manchester Single Hospital Service Programme' webpage and/or come along to one of our briefing sessions for members (open to the public).

More information about the role of Governor

As outlined in our current Constitution, our Trust has 35 elected and nominated Governors with the majority of our Governors (25 out of 35) being directly elected from and by our members.  All qualifying members that are aged 16 years or over are able to nominate themselves to stand for election as a Governor during the election process.

Governors are responsible for representing the interests and views of our members and the public, and seek assurance from our Board of Directors, with Governors helping us to shape the Trust's future priorities and plans so to reflect the needs of the people that we serve.

You do not need specific qualifications for the Governor role, other than a commitment to representing constituents (members and the public) to the best of your ability. An induction programme and on going training is provided to Governors upon being successfully elected.  More information can be found via:

If you would like to discuss the Governor role or election process in more detail, please contact Donna Beddows, Foundation Trust Membership Manager, via e-mail donna.beddows@cmft.nhs.uk or telephone 0161 276 8661.

Become More Involved - Stand for Election as a Governor

All our members are equal, but the Trust recognises that some members may wish to become more involved in the life of our NHS Foundation Trust than others. One of the biggest ways that you can get involved is to put yourself forward to stand for election to our Council of Governors.

The Trust is keen to represent all areas of the community and our workforce on our Council of Governors, and welcomes interest from anyone within our Public and Staff Member Constituencies.

We are committed to establishing a truly representative membership and welcome Members and Governors from all backgrounds, religions, beliefs, race, colour, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age, social or economic status or national origin.  If you are not currently a Member and are interested in standing for election as a Governor, please complete an on-line application form or alternatively you can contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office for a paper form.  As part of the above 'About the Manchester Single Hospital Service Plans', your membership will be automatically transferred to the new organisation (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) on 1st October 2017, unless you choose to opt-out by contacting the Foundation Trust Membership Office:

By Post:

Freepost Plus RRBR-AXBU-XTZT
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL

By Phone:

0161 276 8661

(office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)



Standing for Election as a Governor of our NHS Foundation Trust

Over the years, many of our members have been interested in standing for election as a Governor with some of their key motivations being outlined below:

  • Passionate commitment to the NHS and to the Trust's hospitals and the desire to make a difference.
  • To make a positive contribution to ensure patients and carers get the highest quality of care at the Trust.
  • To use their personal experience as a patient/carer to help improve standards of care quality and safety, and the care environment.
  • To help the Trust respond to any challenges it faces e.g. finance, restructuring, increasing demand etc.
  • To be a voice/advocate for what matters the most to patients and their families, and to the wider community.
  • To be a voice/advocate for staff and share their perspective with the Board of Directors.
  • To give a voice to particular communities/groups e.g. minority groups, people with learning disabilities etc.
  • To use their skills (e.g. communication, finance, management etc.) in the service of others.
  • To support the Trust in putting patients at its core and foster a culture of valuing and engaging staff.
  • To bring an appropriate level of challenge to the Board of Directors (hold to account for the Trust's performance).