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
All 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 will be formally announced at our forthcoming Annual
Members' Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 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
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 2016
Beverley is a Speech & Language Therapist, working at
the Trust since 1983. Her current role is as a therapy
service manager but she still undertakes some clinical work.
Her experience in hospital and community settings in central
Manchester and Trafford has provided valuable insight about the
issues and challenges staff face in delivering high quality patient
care. Beverley draws on this experience in representing her
constituency, and addressing any individual concerns brought to her
A Governor since the Foundation Trust began, she's developed a
good understanding of the role. The role and responsibility has
developed considerably, requiring far greater scrutiny of the
organisation's delivery of high quality and safe patient care
whilst balancing its budget. There is also greater emphasis on
patient and staff experience.
Beverley feels she's able to hold the Trust's Directors to
account on all of these aspects, and is confident to speak out and
challenge when necessary.
Staff Governor (Other Clinical) - Term of Office Ends September
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.
Rev. Peter Gomm
Staff Governor (Non-Clinical and Support) - Term of
Office Ends September 2016
A chaplain at the Trust for over 20 years, Peter has had the
privilege of working with staff, patients and families from a wide
variety of backgrounds, and contributed to the religious and
spiritual care of people in both Manchester and Salford. This has
given him unique insight and much practical experience of the
emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of those who use the
Peter brings these insights to his role as Governor, and
encourages the Trust in its agenda on equality, diversity and
inclusion, patient care, and help to embed the Trust values into
every strand of its work.
Drawing on his experience of managing the Trust's multi-faith
chaplaincy team, Peter will actively support Trust staff from the
city's many communities and promote awareness of the needs of those
from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Also, as
the senior manager of the Bereavement and Family Support Services,
he also highlights the increasingly important areas of family
bereavement care and patient experience within the Trust.
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
Each year our Chairman, Steve Mycio
hosts a series of Staff Engagement Sessions for Staff Governors and
their constituents. Past engagement sessions have proved very
successful with the suggestions made by staff being
followed up and implemented wherever possible. 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 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
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
For information about membership
or any other membership queries, please contact our Foundation
Trust Membership Office:
By Post: -
Foundation Trust Membership Office
Manchester Royal Infirmary
By Phone: -
0161 27 68661 (office hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday
to Friday; answering machine outside these hours
By E-mail: - email@example.com