Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Election to the Council of Governors

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors of the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Elections are to be held for the following positions:

13 Public Governors in the following constituencies

 Constituency Vacancies Term Length
Halton 4 3 years
Warrington 4 3 years
Rest of England 5 3 years

6 Staff Governors in the following constituencies

 Constituency Vacancies Term Length
Registered Nurses and Midwives 2 3 years
Allied Health Professionals/Other Registered
Healthcare Assistants
1 3 years
Clinical Support Staff, including Assistant
Practitioners/Healthcare Assistants
1 3 years
Registered Medical practitioners 1 3 years
Community Dental Services staff 1 3 years

A nomination form to stand for election to these positions is available from Thursday 30 May 2019 and can be obtained from the Returning Officer in the following ways:

Telephone: 0208 889 9203
Text: Text 2FT BW and your name and address to 88802
Post: Electoral Reform Services Limited
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
London. N8 0NW

All nominations should be received by the Returning Officer, Ciara Norris, at the address as detailed above, by 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the Returning Officer by 5pm on Monday 24 June 2019.

For all contested constituencies voting will open on Tuesday 9 July 2019. Voting will close at 5pm on Monday 29 July 2019.

Rita Chapman Lead GovernorWant to know more?

Our The Role of a Governor information booklet gives a good overview of the role.

To find out more about the role of a public governor in Bridgewater here is our lead governor Rita Chapman about what it is that makes our Council of Governors worth being a part of:

“At Bridgewater we pride ourselves on involving our governors in the work of the organisation.

“Our governors have seats at all key committees within the organisation, they have actively supported and helped shape our strategy for the next five years, they are encouraged to ask questions of our Executive and Non Executives Directors and support our Quality Visits programme.

“We have worked extremely hard to ensure our governors feel involved and engaged. Our governors meet formally six times a year, they have meetings in the boroughs where their members live and work and they represent the organisation at a wide range of events across the Bridgewater footprint.

“Our role is to ensure the organisation follows the principles that support the delivery of high quality, patient-focused care,” said Lead Governor Rita Chapman, who worked for more than 40 years in the NHS, starting off as a physio.

“We are often called upon to advise and support our Executive and Non Executive colleagues. We each bring with us knowledge, skills and experience from a wide range of professions . I myself was a physiotherapist in Wigan for many years.

“I believe becoming a governor of Bridgewater would provide someone with a great opportunity to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes of a community based organisation.

“We are different here as we don’t operate from one site, we haven’t a recognisable building that people associate us with, rather we are different things to different people and that’s what drives us on and spurs on our existing Council of Governors.”

Further information 

More information about governor elections process please contact Angela Green, Memebership Manager at or by calling 01942 482669.

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