As a Foundation Trust we have more freedom from central government control, though we remain fully part of the NHS. Foundation Trusts are duty-bound to deliver free care, based on need, not ability to pay, but they area more accountable to the local community. This is because local people and staff can become members of the Trust and elect representatives to serve on the Council of Governors or even stand for election as a governor themselves.
2018 Election of Governors
The Council of Governors consists of 24 Governors; 15 Public, 5 Staff, and 4 Appointed Governors. Governors can help shape the future of the ambulance service, contribute to key decision making and see first-hand how the front line works. Governors are asked to sit on a variety of panels to assist in the development of the service and make recommendations to the council for determination, ensuring the best care possible is delivered to the community. This year’s elections sees seats in for grabs in the following constituencies Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire , Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire and Staffordshire. If you are a member of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, and want to become a Governor you can do so here.
We recently asked for nominations to become a governor which closed on Monday, 22 October 2018. Results will be published soon.
The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Mi-Voice (address as below).
The Returning Officer for these elections was Tony Slater of Mi-Voice, Gamma House, Enterprise Road, Southampton SO16 7NS.