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Date: 18 August 2022

Time is running out to nominate yourself as an RUH governor

Nominations for seven RUH public governor vacancies at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust close on Wednesday 31 August – so don’t delay and get your application in as soon as possible.

There are vacancies across the City of Bath, Mendip, South Wiltshire, North Wiltshire, North East Somerset and the Rest of England and Wales constituencies, where current governors have come to the end of their terms.

A public governor helps to ensure that the Trust delivers services that meet the needs of patients, carers, staff and local stakeholders. Governors do this by creating stronger links with the communities that the RUH serves by reflecting patient and public views and interests.

Anne Martin

Anne Martin, Mendip Public Governor, said: “The role of a public governor is to act as a link between local people and the RUH. In today's NHS it is vital that those providing healthcare and those needing it work responsibly together.

“Over the years I have been amazed at the scale of the RUH and the incredible range of people needed for the good running of the hospital, care of patients and the upkeep of the buildings and grounds and the amount of forward planning needed for such a complex operation.

“If you are thinking of standing for election I encourage you to do so – you will have a varied and important role.”

The core time commitment for public governors is four Council of Governor meetings per year, plus the Annual Members’ Meeting but there are many other activities you can get involved in. Governors receive full training for their role.

This autumn, the Trust will be launching its new vision and goals for the RUH, which will shape our future, so this is an exciting time to join our Council of Governors as we set our ambitions, offering direction, hope and energy for everyone we work with and for, alongside the massive challenges faced by the NHS.

Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 August.

You need to be a Member of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust to be eligible to stand in the elections. No formal qualifications are required, just enthusiasm, a willingness to ask questions, be open to ideas, and a desire to make a difference by getting involved in your local hospital. To become a member, join here

Contact the Membership Office on 01225 821262 or via email at to join us at our information session or to request a Governor Guide.

An information session will be held online using Microsoft Teams on:

Tuesday 23 August, 12noon – 1pm

How to request a nomination form: You can complete a nomination form online at or request a nomination form directly from Civica Election Services via the details below:

Voting opens on Thursday 22 September and will run until 5pm on Monday 17 October.

The results will be announced on Tuesday 18 October 2022.


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