Staff Members area
All qualifying members of staff are automatically invited to
become Staff Members as we are confident that our staff want to
play an active role in developing quality services for both
patients and staff.
The Staff Member Constituency is subdivided into the following
- Medical & Dental
- Nursing & Midwifery
- Other Clinical
- Non-Clinical & Support.
Members can become more involved in the work of our Trust with
one way being through our Council of Governors with Staff Members
voting for Staff Governors during the election process (usually
starts July each year).
Our Council of Governors is responsible for representing the
interests of members and influencing the Trust's future
plans. The Council of Governors is also responsible for
recruiting and engaging with members and making sure that our
membership profile reflects the communities that we serve.
Having a broad and representative membership community and a
Council of Governors elected from and by our members is key to
working together to better meet the needs of our communities.
As a member, you can decide exactly how much or little you would
like to be involved. For example, you may simply wish to vote for
the representative that you want to be elected as a Staff Governor
and receive regular communication from us such as newsletters and
updates (Foundation Focus Newsflash).
Or you may wish to play a more active role, including:
Please find the latest copy of our Staff
Members' Welcome Pack which is filled with further information
about the Trust and the role of Governor in addition to what it
means to be a Staff Member. A 'Become More Involved Reply Form' accompanies
this pack which we hope you will be able to complete in order
for us to gauge your desired level of involvement (help us to
manage our contacts with you appropriately).
For more Staff Governor information, please view
the latest issue of our Governor
Become More Involved
our members are equal, but the Trust recognises that some members
may wish to become more involved in the life of our Foundation
Trust. One of the biggest ways that you can get involved is to put
yourself forward to stand for elction to our Council of Governors.
If you are interested in standing for election as a Staff
Governor, please contact our Foundation
Trust Membership Office. They will be able to give you details
of when the next Governor elections will be held (usually July each
year), and the process for standing as a candidate.
You do need to be a member of our Foundation Trust before
you can stand for election and Governors have to
meet certain criteria. You do not need specific qualifications
for the role, other than an interest in healthcare and a commitment
to representing your staff group to the best of your
ability. Please see our
Governor Role Information Pack for more details. A
comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training is
provided to Governors once they have been elected.
Governor Elections 2016
The results of the elections to the Council of Governors of
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are
now available - please see documents below:
The results were formally announced at our Annual
Members' Meeting held on 27th September 2016 with newly
elected Governors starting in office following closure of this
meeting. For more information about our Annual Members'
Meeting, please visit our Events webpage.
Governors are your voice and if you would like to share any
views or comments regarding our forward plans or
if you have any other ideas and suggestions, you can contact
Governors directly - e-mail contact details are listed below each
Staff Governor pen portrait. Alternatively you can contact
the FT Membership
Medical & Dental Staff Governor
Mr John Vincent Smyth
Staff Governor (Medical and Dental) - Term of Office Ends
A Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary,
Vince has over 15 years' clinical experience in a senior medical
position. His speciality involves balanced decision-making
and working with a wide range of clinical colleagues. Vince has
served as department head, represents the Trust at Greater
Manchester level on the Vascular Board, and his speciality on the
Greater Manchester Stroke Board. He also sits on the Audit/Quality
Improvement Committee of the national Vascular Society.
As a Staff Governor for three years, Vince believes that
bringing a clinical perspective to the Council of Governors has
helped to enhance general awareness and further understanding of
the Trust's clinical services. In his Governor role, Vince
wants to support the Trust to involve staff in shaping the Trust's
future services and fulfil its vision of an engaged workforce.
Other Clinical Staff Governors
Staff Governor (Other Clinical) - Term of Office Ends September
Originally from Poland, Gosia has lived in the UK for over a
decade. Having worked for a medical devices manufacturer,
Gosia pursued a career in the healthcare sector and now is a member
of the Trust's Medical Engineering Team. Gosia feels that as a new
NHS employee, she has a fresh outlook on the processes within the
Being a trained Equality Advocate has equipped Gosia with useful
skills and a detailed understanding of the Trust's core values and
as a Governor, she wishes to have an active role in supporting the
Trust to ensure it provides the best healthcare services for its
diverse communities. Gosia believes that her personal experience
and cultural background can provide valuable insight into the
public's needs and their opinions.
Gosia feels that her work in Medical Engineering, which involves
interacting with members of staff from various departments across
the Trust, will also provide her with an opportunity to hear staff
views and ideas to make further improvements to patient
Staff Governor (Other Clinical) - Term of Office Ends September
Chair of the Governors' Staff Experience Group
A healthcare scientist, Geraldine's field of expertise is in the
science of photography. She currently manages the Trust's Clinical
Photography and Medical Illustration Services, and is proud to
interact daily with staff, patients and stakeholders.
Geraldine was recently awarded runner up in Chief Scientific
Officers award for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics) engagement Healthcare Scientist of the year.
Geraldine trained and has worked in the NHS approaching thirty
years, with her mother and other close family members having also
worked in the NHS. Geraldine feels that she has developed a
particular dedication to all that makes the NHS what it is.
As a Governor, Geraldine hopes to contribute towards the Trust's
objectives as well as holding accountable those responsible when
any problems appear. Geraldine feels that she stands for
everything the Trust aims to deliver, the patients it serves, the
communities and staff it encompasses. She hopes to provide a voice
for her own profession and all Trust staff.
Nursing & Midwifery Staff Governor
Staff Governor (Nursing & Midwifery) - Term of
Office Ends September 2018
Sharon worked as a nurse with patients and fellow staff for 18
years in critical care and cardiology, and is currently a Practice
Education Facilitator across the Trust. A Governor since
2012, Sharon has represented the views of the Nursing and
Midwifery professions at joint Staff Governor and Chairman's
sessions, the Nursing Midwifery Reference Group, and on Patient and
Staff Experience Groups.
She feels it is essential for nurses and midwives to have a
voice and to influence decisions made by the Trust Board.
This shared decision-making process enables staff to continue to
provide high quality care to our patients and their carers.
Sharon is keen to continue fostering a culture of valuing and
engaging nurses and midwives in an open and transparent
manner. Her nursing background provides insight and a vital
link to support the on-going organisational development of the
Non-Clinical and Support Staff Governors
Staff Governor (Non-Clinical and Support) -
Term of Office Ends September 2018
Isobel has worked in acute NHS hospital environments for more
than 27 years, at Trafford Division's Estates & Capital
Planning Directorate and then in the Estates & Facilities
Management Directorate on the Central Manchester site.
She has been involved in many initiatives ranging from service
redesign to collaborative involvement and engagement, with the aim
of improving the overall patient experience.
Isobel feels that the NHS is an ever-evolving and rapidly
changing entity which faces many challenges and as a large city
centre Trust, there will be developments that will require staff
engagement and involvement.
Isobel is enthusiastic, driven and truly committed to ensuring
the views and opinions of her constituency are represented within
the duties, responsibilities and accountabilities of the Governor
role. She is keen to help drive forward changes to improve overall
patient experience and positively promote health and wellbeing
initiatives for the benefit of all staff.
Staff Governor (Non-Clinical & Support) - Term of Office
Ends September 2019
Selton currently works for the Trust's Directorate of Laboratory
Medicine, and has spent almost 20 years in the NHS. Prior to
joining the Trust, he had roles at several Birmingham Hospitals and
this experience has helped him to understand the unique challenges
faced by Specialist Hospitals.
Selton feels that as a Specialist Hospital, the Trust provides
unique opportunities for staff to develop and experience a range of
specialities and to be at the forefront of the changes in
healthcare within the UK, with the Trust having very strong
research links to academia, and industry around the North West,
helping to drive healthcare advances.
Selton feels that over the coming years, there will be a number
of exciting challenges and developments for the Trust and, as a
Governor, Selton will work on behalf of staff to help ensure that
their voice is heard. Selton is keen to support the Trust
around leadership and culture to ensure that all staff feel
Chairman/Staff Governor - Staff Member Engagement
Our organisation became authorised as a Foundation Trust on 1st
January 2009 and we have seven Staff
Governors who are responsible for representing your
interests and influencing the Trust's future
Our Staff Governors hold staff engagement sessions each
year, and past sessions have proved very successful with the
suggestions made by staff being taken forward. Staff Governors are
updated on what actions are underway, so they can share this
information with staff members.
If you would like to attend a future engagement event,
please contact your Staff Governor (details outlined in the table
If you are interested in attending future membership events (including
Chairman/Staff Governor Engagement Sessions, Annual Members'
Meeting and Young People's Event) or would like more information,
please contact the FT Membership Office (contact details
Foundation Focus Newsflash - Membership Newsletter
The Trust produces a regular Membership Newsletter to keep you informed
about all the news and latest developments within the Trust.
Friends and Family - How to Join Membership of our NHS
If you have a family member or friend that is
interested in becoming a member of our Trust, an online
application can be found via our NHS Foundation
Trust website or contact the Membership Office (details above)
for a paper form.
Changes to Your Membership Details or Cancelling Your
As outlined, we automatically enrol our staff as members upon
joining the Trust as we are confident that you will want to play an
active role in developing better quality services for both patients
and staff. Staff can however opt out upon request to the
Foundation Trust Membership Office (contact details below).
Membership information is stored separately to your Electronic
Staff Record (ESR) and is treated with the strictest of confidence,
in keeping with Data Protection rules and is not released to third
parties. If any of your details change, please contact the
Foundation Trust Membership Office (as well as notifying your Line
Manager to update ESR).
Contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office
further information about Staff Membership or Staff
Governors, please contact our Foundation Trust Membership
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