2008 election announced
Note: this page was prepared in early 2008 and is not valid currently.
On 25 January 2008, Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust was given the go ahead to run the first elections to get governors onto its new Members' Council, a vital part of the new NHS Foundation Trust.
Which is why the Trust, which also runs Essex County Hospital, Colchester, is holding a series of roadshow-style meetings called "I want to become a governor" across north east Essex.
The public living in the Colchester, Tendring, Halstead and Colne Valley areas have only until noon on Thursday 21 February 2008 to register their interest in becoming a member or governor of the NHS Foundation Trust if they wish to take part in the April 2008 election.
All of our hospital staff and staff from our main contractor Carillion have been signed up but we would like the number of public members to increase by the time we achieve Foundation status.
Our Members' Council will have 13 public governors and five staff governors and they will be elected by postal ballot. Only members can vote in the election, which is being overseen by the independent Association of Electoral Administrators.
Governors will represent their local communities working together on the Members' Council to discuss issues such as major new service developments. They will meet with people in their local community or staff group, report back on what happens at Members' Council meetings, and listen to ideas and opinions.
We prepared an information pack for people who wanted to become a governor in the April 2008 election.
It consists of:
Welcome letter - April 2008 election (103 kb)
FT Members' Update (January 2008) (1022 kb)
'I want to be a Governor' (2008) (133 kb)