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As a Foundation Trust, Dorset HealthCare has a Council of Governors who are Members of the Trust elected to represent the views and interests of the public, patients and staff, as well as carers and other stakeholders.
The Council of Governors meets regularly and holds the Trust Board to account for its work.
Governors are available to hear your views or concerns about Dorset HealthCare's services. If you are a Member of Dorset Healthcare and would like to contact a Governor in your constituency, please call 0808 100 3318 (Freephone) and leave a message stating who you wish to contact.
The Council of Governors comprises 27 Governors when all posts are filled, including 14 Public Governors across our constituencies of Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset/rest of England, as well as 8 Partner Governors and 5 Staff Governors.
Governors represent the interests of Trust Members and influence how the Trust develops in the future. Our Governors have a diverse range of experiences and bring a breadth of knowledge to the Trust. The Council of Governors meets four times a year, and has additional informal meetings throughout the year.
The Council of Governors has a number of formal responsibilities. These include:
Our Governors have many other key roles, including:
All Members of the Trust are eligible to stand in elections for the public seats on our Council of Governors, provided they live within the relevant constituency.
Elections are typically held when a Governor's term of office has ended. Elections are advertised on our website and are also promoted locally.
If you would like to stand as a Governor of Dorset HealthCare you must be a Member of the Trust. You can sign up to become a member using our Online Membership Form.