beinvolved - governor.pngA unique opportunity to influence the future of healthcare in the county is now available, as North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) is looking for 10 new governors.

NCIC manages both acute and community services, including maternity, stroke and A&E. This means there are lots of opportunities to get involved and help shape the future direction of the Trust and the services it runs. 

The Trust is looking for individuals to become involved and nominate themselves to become part of the NCIC Governors Council. This is a great opportunity to have a say in what is happening in your local community and to feedback your views directly to the Board of Directors.

Jane Smith, lead governor at NCIC, said:

“The role of a governor is very interesting and also challenging.

“It is a great opportunity to help improve our local NHS.”

Peter Scott, Interim Chair of North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Governors have an important role to play in helping to shape and monitor the Trust’s services.

“They are appointed to represent the interests and views of our members and of the public.

“Governors bring valuable insights and experiences to our services and ensure that the NHS is accountable to its local population.

“As a governor you take part in a number of meetings and will be invited to take part in visits to our services alongside Non-Executive Directors. Governors appoint the Chair and Non-Executive Directors and hold them to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.”

Local people can become a member to stand as a governor before the closing date of the nominations.

Those interested in nominating themselves can do so by completing the nomination form online or can request a paper version by contacting the Returning Officer.

The role description includes:

  • Represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • Hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • Appoint, remove and decide the terms of office, including remuneration, of the Chair and other Non-Executive Directors
  • Appoint or remove the Trust’s External Auditors
  • Review the annual accounts, auditor’s report and annual report
  • Express a view on the Board of Directors’ forward plans 

The vacancies include:

  • 1 x Public Allerdale
  • 3 x Public Eden
  • 1 x Public Furness
  • 1 x Public South Lakeland
  • 1 x Public Lancashire
  • 1 x Staff Allerdale & Copeland
  • 1 x Staff Carlisle & Eden
  • 1 x Staff Furness & South Lakeland

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday 19th October. Once the nomination deadline closes, all nominations will be reviewed and if there are multiple nominees per constituency a ballot pack will be sent to out Trust members who will then vote. Voting closes on Thursday 26th November. An announcement of the elected governors will then be made.

All governors are volunteers; however travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To stand for election you must be a member of North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust within the Public Constituency or Class of the Staff Constituency for which you wish to stand as a candidate. If you are unsure, please contact the Returning Office or visit to check your local authority area.

Existing members will be receiving information either via email or through the post on how they can stand as a governor.

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