Close to 5,000 public members invited to vote in elections
Nomination deadline for governor vacancies extended to 5pm on Friday 7 November
5 November 2014
A successful recruitment campaign over the past month has ensured that close to 5,000 members of the public will be eligible to vote in elections for governors to the new Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Voting for elections begins later this month for 15 public and four staff governor vacancies at the newly formed trust.
When Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust amalgamated with Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2014 to form Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust it was not possible to transfer most members from Berkshire and Sough Buckinghamshire areas to the new organisation.
However an intensive recruitment drive since then has ensured that about 4,000 new members signed up from those constituencies by this week. It means close to 5,000 public members will be eligible to vote in the 15 governor vacancies in the Bracknell Forest and Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, Chiltern and South Bucks, and Rest of England constituencies.
Details of people standing in the elections for those vacancies plus four staff post will be published to voters later this month.
A leaflet entitled 'Do you want to be a foundation trust governor?', which detailed how to put yourself forward as a candidate in the governor elections, was recently sent by the trust to voters where elections are taking place. It included information that the closing date for entries was Monday 3 November.
However in one part of the letter it stated that the deadline for nominations was Friday 3 November. We apologise if this error caused any confusion. While we are not aware of anyone missing the original deadlines as a result, to avoid any possibility of confusion we have subsequently extended the application deadline to 5pm on Friday 7 November. Nomination forms are available on our election website.
Any member who signs up before this date will also be eligible to vote.
NHS foundation trust seeking new govenors
24 October 2014
Do you have what it takes to be a governor of Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire's newest hospital trust?
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which came into being on 1 October 2014 when the trust running Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey took over management of Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, is seeking capable and motivated members of the public to help run it.
New non-executive director welcomed to the board
16 October 2014
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike O'Donovan, former Chairman of Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to the board of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Your hospital trust needs you!
13 October 2014
The Chairman of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is urging people in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire to join the trust as members.
The trust is urgently seeking new public members from the area served by Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, which it took over two weeks ago.
Sir Mike Aaronson said: "We are seriously underrepresented in the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire area. It's free and simple to join and by signing up you get a link so you can find out all about your local hospital services."
The new trust came into being on 1 October when Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust expanded its boundaries to take over the running of Wexham Park and Heatherwood services.
Because the previous trust running Heatherwood and Wexham services ceased to exist, the new trust was not able to automatically transfer across the 6,000 or so Heatherwood and Wexham Park public members. Frimley Health is as a result underrepresented in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Members play a vital role in foundation trusts, acting as a sounding board in the community and influencing decisions through their representatives on the trust's Council of Governors.
The new trust has big plans for transforming services at Wexham and Heatherwood and wants the community to be involved.
Sir Mike added: "These are your services, and they will be better if you are involved. You don't get much for nothing these days, but we promise trust membership will always be totally free of charge. There are no obligations and no pressures, you can be involved as little or as much as you like.
"But by showing an interest you can really help us be in touch with the community we serve and refine our services to meet your needs."
He added: "We have elections for governors starting next month, so we are calling on as many people as possible to sign up become members. The more people we sign the better and fairer the elections will be. Practically anybody over the age of 16 can sign up to be a member.
"We are also looking for interested people to put themselves forward for election to be a trust governor. Again, practically anyone who is a member can stand to be a governor. All we ask is that you care about your hospital services and are able to give up some time to help us manage them."
In Frimley Health's former catchment area around Frimley Park Hospital, near Camberley, there are more than 10,000 public members.
"Our members play an active role and are very interested in what we do. We hold a programme of regular health events, which we will be expanding into Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, where we keep our members informed about our services and new developments.
"Our engagement with our current members is the envy of most foundation trusts and we have had up to 300 people attending some of these health events. We are now aiming for a similar level of engagement across our expanded area.
"This could be especially important when we get to upgrading facilities, such as a new A&E at Wexham and a potential rebuild at Heatherwood."
To sign up, go to the trust website at www.frimleyhealth.nhs.uk and click on the JOIN US button at the bottom of the home page for an online application form.
* The new trust is holding its first Health Event at the Copthorne Hotel, Cippenham Lane, Slough, on Tuesday evening (14 October) at 7pm. All members of the public are invited to attend this free event.
Cardiologist Dr Vinod Achan, from the trust's Regional Heart Attack Centre, will be giving a talk on the trust's state of the art services and there is the chance to meet the new Chairman, Chief Executive and other Board members and hear about the future plans for hospital services.
Please note if you were formerly a member of Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust you will need to sign up again to be a member of Frimley Health.
Frimley Health sets out vision of a new era for patient care
1 October 2014
Today marks the official launch of a new NHS foundation trust running hospital services for nearly a million people across four counties.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide a wide range of services to patients in Hampshire, Surrey, east Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire.
Frimley Park's acquisition of Heatherwood and Wexham Park receives final approval
26 September 2014
The board of Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce its formal acquisition of neighbouring Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HWP) after receiving final approval from Monitor, the foundation trust regulator.
Help for a soul destroying condition
9 September 2014
Help is at hand for sufferers of a medical condition that can be soul destroying for up to a quarter of the UK population.
Frimley Park Hospital will be holding a continence open day on 17 September for people with reduced or no bladder or bowel control. As well as inviting members of the public, the hospital is welcoming healthcare colleagues to attend and find out more about managing the condition.
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