Governors - shaping services
As an NHS Foundation Trust, we have elected Hospital Governors. A group of Public Governors elected from the local community have joined Staff Governors (elected by our staff) and Partner Governors (from the organisations we work alongside) to form The Council of Governors for Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Any Foundation Trust member over the age of 16 can stand for election as a Governor in future elections. Elections for NHS Foundation Trusts are run to strict election rules and are usually overseen by the Electoral Reform Society.
The Council of Governors at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust helps shape and endorse the future strategy of the trust, and provides a critical link between the hospital and the local people it serves within Warrington, Halton and other local areas. Governors give up their time voluntarily and make a major contribution to the way the hospital relates to its patients and the wider community.
The Governors do not 'run' the hospital, the board of directors and the Trust Board does that. However, the Governors work with them to hold the hospital to account to the local population and, crucially, ensure that local people input into decisions and plans for the hospitals. Governors chair a range of committees and carry out work to look at priority areas which they identify.
The structure of our Council of Governors
Our Council of Governors is made up of the following representatives:
- 16 Public Governors - elected by the Public Members and representing the local community
- 5 Staff Governors - elected by the hospital Staff Members
- 5 Partner Governors - nominated by organisations we work closely with in Warrington and Halton.
The sections below give more detail on each group of Governors.
1. Public Governors
Public Governors are elected by the Public Members to represent them. In order to make sure the Public Governors represent the areas we serve we have based the split of governors proportionately by the number of residents from each area.
We have further broken down Warrington and Halton areas based on the electoral wards that people live in. This means that when we run the elections for Public Governors you will vote for a Governor to represent the area you are resident in. We have grouped together the electoral wards in Warrington, Widnes and Runcorn and outside the area so there will be:
9 Warrington Public Governors - one representing each of the following constituencies:
- Appleton, Stockton Heath, Hatton, Stretton and Walton
- Bewsey and Whitecross, Fairfield and Howley
- Birchwood, Rixton and Woolston
- Burtonwood and Winwick, Whittle Hall, Westbrook
- Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft, Poulton North
- Latchford East, Latchford West, Poulton South
- Lymm, Grappenhall and Thelwall
- Penketh and Cuerdley, Great Sankey North, Great Sankey South
- Poplars and Hulme, Orford.
5 Halton Public Governors - one representing each of the following constituencies:
- Appleton, Farnworth, Hough Green, Halton View, Birchfield
- Beechwood, Mersey, Heath, Grange
- Broadheath, Ditton, Hale, Kingsway, Riverside
- Daresbury, Windmill Hill, Norton North, Castlefields
- Norton South, Halton Brook, Halton Lea.
2 Public Governors from outside Warrington and Halton (representing patients who travel to us for their care from outside the immediate area such a Frodsham and Northwich to the South and Newton le Willows and St Helens to the North). These two areas are called:
- North Mersey
- South Mersey
2. Staff Governors
Staff Governors will represent our staff at The Council of Governors meeting and will bring their knowledge and skills to the table. There are five Staff Governors representing the main staff groups at the hospitals. These are:
- 1 Governor representing Nurses and Midwives
- 1 Governor representing Medical staff
- 1 Governor representing Allied Healthcare Professionals and Support Workers
- 1 Governor representing Scientific and Technical staff
- 1 Governor representing Administration, Management and Estates staff.
Staff at the hospitals will automatically become Staff Members of the Foundation Trust - although they can choose to opt out if they wish to.
3. Partner Governors
Partner Governors are nominated by key local organisations that we work with. They bring their knowledge and experience to The Council of Governors and help us to work in partnership with the community. We are proposing that the 5 Partner Governors should represent:
- One representative from Warrington Borough Council and one from Halton Borough Council
- One representative from the Warrington Wolves Foundation
- One representative from Warrington Voluntary Action
- One representative from the University of Chester
You can find out more about how the Council of Governors' works, read profiles of our Public Governors and find out how to contact the Governor for your area in the About us section of the website or by clicking here.